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The search for six-year-old Keyana
Cumberbatch ended in despair around 3
pm yesterday, when police found the child
dead in the place they least expected to
The child was found in her apartment at
Building 4, Maloney Gardens, D Abadie, in
a barrel, beneath pieces of clothing.
The find came almost a day to the week
after the body of one-year-old Jacob
Munroe was found in a cesspit near his
Maracas, St Joseph home. An autopsy
revealed he was beaten and smothered to
And yesterday, as stunned Maloney res-
idents reflected on Munroe s killing, they
once again wondered how someone could
be so heartless to murder an innocent child.
Speaking with members of the media
shortly after the child s body was removed
from the apartment at 7.28 pm, Asst Com-
missioner of Police in charge of Homicide,
Wayne Dick, said it was difficult to conclude
that the child s body was moved to the
apartment after she was reported missing
on Monday. Dick said police could not say,
due to the state of decomposition of the
body, whether there were marks of violence
It was reported that the child, a second-
year pupil of the St Barbara s Shouter Baptist
Primary School, arrived home on Monday,
changed her clothes and was on her way
to her grandmother s house with her younger
sister, three-year-old Briana Lewis. This
was her daily routine. She stayed at their
grandmother s until their mother, Simone
Williams, returned home from work every
school day. Cumberbatch was last seen in
company of a male relative who is still in
police custody assisting officers with their
Dick said his men, called in from the three
Homicide Divisions---Port-of-Spain, Arouca
and San Fernando---would be working as
best as they could to ensure they conduct
a thorough investigation so that when
charges are laid they would be airtight. He
added that his men had two main focuses
in mind, "there is a God and it is child s
murder they are dealing with."
When the T&T Guardian arrived on the
scene just after 4 pm, residents were chatting
among themselves about the "wickedness"
of "that man." Some sat in front their apart-
ments looking on. Cars slowed down, drivers
rolled their windows down to inquire, and
when informed shook their heads and drove
off.While the adults murmured amongst
themselves about what they would have
done had Keyana been their child, five
schoolgirls were singing Bible songs they
learnt from each other. Only one said she
With anger etched on their faces and vis-
ible in their speech, residents waited until
the body was brought out. When it hap-
pened, there was a loud wail of "Oh God!"
followed by loud crying.
Residents, who were before then silent
on their balconies and standing in the road-
way outside the home, showed their anger.
"Women have to know who they putting
themselves with," one woman shouted.
Another woman screamed, "Bring him,
he have to suffer!"
"That is wickedness! Jesus! Why people
so wicked? Look the barrel the child was
in," shouted another as the clothing that
covered the child s body, the barrel she was
placed in and her body were placed in wait-
Keyana s father, Kevon Cumberbatch,
who spoke to the media earlier, said the
suspect who in custody must be brought
to justice, adding the key to his cell should
also be thrown away.
"Who filling that space now?" he asked
Dianne Vincent, a self-professed adopted
grandmother of Keyana, said the child was
always around her and would spend time
with her sister, Vincent s granddaughter.
"Right now I have no words, all I want
is justice. Look where they found the child,"
Dick told the media that the police would
maintain a presence in the community dur-
ing the night.
Last Thursday, the body of Munroe, who
was reported kidnapped two days earlier,
was found wrapped in a purple sheet in a
cesspit close to where he was allegedly
snatched by three men.
It was reported to the police that around
12.30 pm last Tuesday, a close male relative
of Jacob s was at his Santa Rita Trace, Mara-
cas, St Joseph home when three armed men
entered and demanded that the man hand
over a gun he was hiding for someone.
After he said he had no idea what the
men were talking about, the men are alleged
to have ordered the relative to slit his own
wrist and drink a flammable substance. The
men then grabbed the child and fled the
home. On Wednesday he was laid to rest.
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In July 2012, more than $200,000 was stolen
from two Sentinel guards in Point Fortin, and on
December 2011, the company s head office, located
at the corner of Stone Street and Duke Streets in
Port-of-Spain, was broken into and $200,000
was stolen.Banking sources yesterday said the
courier service was on a routine trip to the Piarco
Airport around 4.30 am, along the Churchill-
Roosevelt Highway, near the Trincity Industrial
Estate, when it was rammed from behind by a
black Ford Ranger which was loaded with bags
of cement in the rear seat.
New information released by police now suggests
that three shooters emerged and began firing at
the panel van.
Police recovered shotgun cartridges, 9 mm cas-
ings and 5.56 shells, usually used by high-powered
assault rifles, scattered across the three lanes of
the eastbound lane of the highway.
Clarke was killed instantly while the driver of
the van managed to run across the westbound
lanes of the highway and hide in some bushes
until police arrived on the scene. Detectives working
the case confirmed the driver remained in custody
After grabbing the loot, the robbers escaped in
a white SUV which was later found abandoned
near Millenium Park, Trincity, and another getaway
car, a Nissan Almera, was found at a yet to be
released location. All three vehicles were reported
stolen earlier this week.
Questioned about the minimal security for such
a large cash transit yesterday, a senior banking
source said Sentinel Security Services was chosen
because they had a special arrangement at the
airport which allowed their vehicle to drive up to
the parked aircraft to offload the money cargo.
The two guards were to accompany their cargo
on the first flight out of Piarco before handing it
over to their colleagues at the Arthur NR Robinson
Airport at Crown Point, sources said.
Banking body concerned
President of the Banking Association Larry Nath
last night admitted that Wednesday s strike on a
cash-in-transit security vehicle along the
Churchill-Roosevelt Highway in Trincity has
prompted commercial banks to "revisit all of their
security arrangements" when sending money to
Nath, the group CEO of state-owned bank First
Citizens, said members of the association were
"very concerned" following the robbery.
"We are working closely with the protective
agencies in the recovery of the sums involved and
also the apprehension of the perpetrators. This
incident resulted in the loss of a life, which is
tragic, and the Banking Association expresses is
deepest condolences to the family and relatives
of the deceased,"
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Keyana found dead
in barrel at home
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Van driver still
Keyana's father, Kevon Cumberbatch, speaks to the media yesterday.
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