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Mechanic Garnett White suf-
fered the shock of his life when
he arrived home to find his wife
hacked to death in their
Police said 43-year-old Cepep
worker Ethleen White, of St
James Street, Marabella, was
stabbed 15 times by an attacker
who broke into her house around
1 pm yesterday.
A hammer, a cutlass and a
rolling pin remained on the
counter as evidence that the
mother of three was preparing
something for her husband.
White, who works for Junior
Sammy Construction, left home
around 5.20 am and when he
returned around 4.05 pm, he
found Ethleen on the floor near
the back door with a bedsheet
over her body.
"I came home and I went in
the kitchen and found her lying
on the floor. I thought she was
sick and she took in on the
ground. It s only when I raise
up the sheet I saw the blood,"
White said as he watched crime
scene investigators cordon off
the house where he and his wife
had raised their family togeth-
er.Police led by Snr Supt Cecil
Santana and ASP Zamsheed
Mohammed visited the scene,
but investigators said neighbours
were unwilling to provide infor-
One resident told the T&T
Guardian that around 1 pm, they
heard screaming at the Whites
home and when they went
across and called out Ethleen s
name, the door closed and the
screaming stopped. He said
when he returned to his home,
the screaming resumed for a few
seconds and then stopped alto-
With a dejected look on his
face, the neighbour said he felt
hurt knowing that he was within
reach of Ethleen while she was
still alive, only to find out later
that she had been murdered.
Another resident said they
saw a man on the street holding
his head and rambling that he
"did not know what he had
The fact that the body was
covered, police said, showed that
the killer had felt some remorse
and they believe White was
killed by someone she knew
well. They have also ruled out
a robbery, as the house was not
ransacked and nothing seemed
to be missing.
The murder has not only
befuddled the police, but rela-
tives and neighbours, who
described the victim as popular,
friendly and a religious person
in their community.
Asked whether his wife had
enemies, White said, "Not to
my knowledge, she lived good
with everybody. If she had her
last penny and someone needed
it, she would have given it to
Since the removal of squatters
from the community, residents
said it had become so safe that
many of them had begun using
the road to exercise. However,
with this killing they said they
will have to stop.
Meanwhile, homicide detec-
tives are also investigating the
death of Freeport mother of
three May Guyapersad, whose
semi-nude corpse was found in
some bushes yesterday.
The body of 54-year-old
Guyapersad, of McLeod Trace,
Freeport, was found in Upper
Chickland by hunters chasing a
manicou around 12.55 am yes-
Police said she was partly
undressed and her face was
Relatives told police she left
home on Tuesday to visit a
friend in Chickland and they
went to a bar for drinks.
While at the bar she fell, hit
the back of her head, and decid-
ed to spend the night at the
friend s home on Wednesday.
She reportedly got into a taxi on
Thursday to return home and
was never seen or heard from
A 67-year-old Canadian national who was out
on bail on firearm-related charges remained in
police custody up to late yesterday after ammuni-
tion, guns and other items were found at his home
in Santa Rosa Heights.
Police said they seized 64 gas cannisters, bulletproof
vests, foreign ID badges, laptops, tablets and six guns
in the bedroom and bathroom of his house.
A total of 187 rounds of assorted ammunition, ten
pistol magazines, one double magazine holder, four
badges, two magazine holders and six firearm holders
Two Glock 26 pistols, one KG .25 pistol, one GL
10 witness firearm, a revolver, one 1 M+P 9mm pistol
and shooting targets were also seized.
Police said the suspect who has dual citizenship
is known to "repair guns." They said he had badges
from the Niagara Falls Police and foreign security
His 43-year-old common-law wife and 16-year-
old stepdaughter were also taken into custody.
A report said around 8 am on Wednesday, police
from the Northern Division Task Force, CID and
Canine Unit searched the house.
At the time, the main suspect was not at home.
Acting on a tip-off, police went to Piarco Airport
yesterday around 12.30 pm and arrested him as he
boarded a flight to Canada.
At a press conference yesterday at the La Horquetta
Police Station, acting Superintendent Area East
Northern Division Nazrool Hosein said there has
been a drop in crime in the Northern Division.
"In 2012, 110 firearms were recovered in Northern
Division and from January of this year to date, 70
firearms were seized," he said.
Canadian on gun,
ammo charges in
Acting Supt Nazrool Hosein shows shooting targets
designed for law enforcement firearms training
during a press conference at the La Horquetta Police
Station yesterday, where the targets, guns and
ammunition, fake police identification and police kits
were shown. PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
It was a far cry from the hus-
tle and bustle of normal life for
president of the Police Social
and Welfare Association acting
Insp Anand Ramesar yesterday
as he remained in a hospital
bed, immobilised by fractured
In pain from his injuries and
groggy from medication, Rame-
sar, 42, said he could not move.
But he put up a brave front,
smiling and talking with visitors,
including colleagues and rela-
tives who crowded around his
bed in the orthopaedic ward of
the San Fernando General Hos-
pital yesterday afternoon.
While visitors, who included
Senior Supt Cecil Santana,
entered and left, Ramesar held
hands with his daughter Eliza-
Recalling the accident, which
happened near the Tarouba
interchange on Thursday morn-
ing as he and his wife Vanessa
Friday-Ramesar, 35, were on
their way to work, Ramesar said
wearing seat belts may have
saved their lives. His wife, an
attorney, was also taken to the
hospital, but was discharged
hours after the incident.
Ramesar said shortly after
leaving their Borde Narve home,
water on the road at Tarouba
caused their Toyota Rav 4 to
skid out of control and it flipped
several times, crossing the medi-
an and ending up in a ditch.
In a brief interview, he said
he was unconscious when he
arrived at hospital, and had to
undergo several tests, including
CT scans, X-rays and ultra-
sound, to determine his injury.
He said orthopaedic doctors
were monitoring the broken
bones in his pelvic area.
"By tomorrow (Saturday) or
Sunday, they would do an
assessment to determine if I
need surgery," he explained.
Lying flat on his back, in a T-
shirt and pyjama pants, Ramesar
confessed, "I am in a lot of pain,
I can t move my hips, but I am
confident I will make a full
He said Commissioner of
Police Stephen Williams had
offered to move him to a private
institution, but he opted to stay
at the public hospital.
"I prefer to stay here. I am
getting really good treatment,
so I don t need to move."
Seat belts saved our lives---Ramesar
to death in kitchen
...Freeport woman found dead in bushes
President of the Police Social and Welfare Association Anand
Ramesar is comforted by his daughter Elizabeth Ramesar at the
San Fernando General Hospital where he is recovering from injuries
sustained in a car accident on the Solomon Hochoy Highway,
Tarouba on Thursday. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
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