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Officials at the Homicide Bureau said yes-
terday that their detection rate for last year
was 12.8 per cent, but their aim was 20 per
Dick said for 2014, his men would be engag-
ing the services of the other arms of the Police
Service for assistance.
He added that in dealing with the issue of
homicides, the police would be taking a two-
pronged approach---the response of police and
the preventative measures by the police.
He said his aim was to share the information
his men accumulate in investigating homicides
with the entire organisation, in an attempt
to prevent further occurrences of homicides.
He said his men would be in communication
with other units because the Homicide Bureau
"cannot to do it alone."
Dick added that staffing and training for
his unit were other issues that were being
actively pursued, adding his men would be
taking a "systematic approach" to addressing
the murder toll this year after such a frenetic
Those killed over the first two days of the
1. Pastor Casimir Khan---Shot dead outside
his Lot 2, Mausica Road, Arima, home on
New Year s Day around 2.25 am during an
attempted robbery. Khan s son Ezra, the
intended victim, is still hospitalised at the
San Fernando General Hospital, having been
shot in the face and neck.
2. Francis "Powder" Bernard---Shot dead out-
side his home at Agua Santa Road, Wallerfield,
around 10 pm.
His sister Curlene Daniel said yesterday
that Bernard, 32, was disabled and had a four-
3. Curtis Lovelace---Stabbed to death around
8 pm at his Bacolet Point, Tobago, home.
Lovelace, 55, was at home with his girlfriend
Marilyn Thomas when her daughter s relative
came to visit.
An argument started outside and Thomas
was stabbed by a man. Thomas ran to a neigh-
bour s house for help.
Lovelace was later stabbed about the body
by the man and died at the scene. The suspect
was arrested and is in police custody.
4-5. Omardath Deokienanan and wife Sharon
Bahadur---They were found chopped to death
at their Borde Narve Village, Princes Town,
home. The couple s killers stole their Nissan
B-14 before fleeing the scene.
6. Leroy Haynes---Haynes, a 65-year-old
mentally-ill man, died after being beaten and
set ablaze by a 25-year-old man in Cocorite.
Haynes, of Waterhole, Cocorite, died while
undergoing treatment at the Port-of-Spain
General Hospital. The suspect is in police
7 Unidentified man---Police fished the body
of an unidentified man out of a river which
crosses the Uriah Butler Highway near the
Caroni Bird Sanctuary.
The body was pulled out on the northbound
lane of the highway. It bore a gunshot wound
and was weighed down with bricks. A group
of crab catchers alerted police to the body
around 3.45 pm yesterday. The man, of East
Indian descent, was wearing a pair of blue
three-quarter pants and a blue jersey.
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It might be a new year, but the onslaught
of murders continued on New Year s Day
after a Borde Narve, Princes Town, couple
was hacked to death at their home.
Police, however, only made the gory dis-
covery of the bodies of 50-year-old trades-
man Omardath Deokienanan and his com-
mon-law wife Sharon Bahadoor, 47, outside
their Cemetery Trace home yesterday morn-
Shock and despair was etched on relatives
faces yesterday as they called on the Gov-
ernment to enforce capital punishment this
year, in order to deter criminals.
Investigators suspect that Deokienanan
and Bahadoor were asleep in their one-
room shack at the edge of the Inverness
Public Cemetery around 10 pm when two
men armed with cutlasses entered. The men
hog-tied the couple, beat them, then hacked
them to death before dumping their bodies
outside their home. The attackers then made
their getaway in Bahadoor s Nissan B-14.
Relatives checking on the couple hours
later, found Deokienanan but could not find
It was not until police, led by ASP
Zamsheed Mohammed, Insp Don Gajhadar
and Insp Sean Dhilpaul, combed the area
surrounding the cemetery yesterday that
Bahadoor s body was found.
Speaking to the T&T Guardian yesterday,
Bahadoor s nephew, Richard Seeram, said
villagers only realised something was wrong
when they saw his aunt s car crash into a
Nissan B13 while speeding along the Cipero
"We were up the road by some of my
family around 10 pm and when I reached
home, my partner called me and told me
my aunt s car crashed up the road," he said.
"He saw the accident and he said two
fellas jumped out from the car and ran. He
thought it had to be somebody stole the
"I went across to their home and I saw
the house open, the lights on and when I
called, nobody answered. I told my brother
that we should go into the house and when
we reached the door, I saw a whole pool of
blood in front."
Seeram said they began to panic on seeing
the bloody mess in the house.
"I said something was wrong and we
walked around the house to see if they were
beaten and tied but we did not see any-
body...I told my brother that all we could
do was call the police," he said.
"It was afterwards, around 12 am, they
found him at the side of his tank. They
chopped him on his head and his two hands
were tied together.
"Later on this morning, they found my
aunt s body in the bushes near a downs
tree. It was like she tried to run away but
she collapsed and they chopped her right
Though unsure, police suspect that rob-
bery might be the motive for the killing.
Relatives, however, believe the killers came
"I don t feel it was the car they wanted,
those men came to kill them. At the end
of the day, if they wanted the car, they did
not have to kill them. The way they chopped
this man in his head, I believe they actually
came to kill them," Seeram said.
Bahadoor s cousin, Bernadine Seeram,
said the couple lived humble lives and did
not have any enemies.
"They used to drink before but they
stopped that a year now. They even went
to AA meetings. They don t really meddle
with anybody," she said.
Deokienanan s sister, Indra Ramjass, told
the T&T Guardian that the couple had an
argument with neighbours recently, but she
was unsure whether that caused the killings.
For her 78-year-old mother, Daragiah
Deokienanan, the news was too much to
bear as Omardath was the third of her chil-
dren to die.
"One drown, one died from diabetes and
now he come and get murdered," she said
as she tried to fight her tears.
Police are yet to arrest any suspects but
have impounded Bahadoor s car at the San
Fernando Police Station for forensic test-
hacked to death
falls short of
20 per cent
Richard Seeram points to the area where his uncle, Omardath Deokienanan, was found dead yesterday. Deokienanan and his wife,
Sharon Bahadoor, were hacked to death by men who also stole their car. PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
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