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Police are investigating three more murders
in north Trinidad between Sunday and Tues-
day night. The bodies of the victims were
This latest spat of murders raised the toll for
the year to 67.
In the latest incident around 2.30 pm yes-
terday homicide detectives were summoned to
investigate the murder of an unidentified man,
whose headless and nude body was discovered
in a forested area in Valencia.
The discovery was made by a tractor driver
employed with National Quarries who had
stopped to urinate.
The victim, an African male, had several
marks of violence, including several chop
wounds to his upper body. Police believe the
body was dumped there several days ago as it
was in an advanced stage of decomposition.
Homicide detectives are expected to run his
fingerprints through their criminal database
this morning in the hope he had a criminal
record which would aid in his identification.
Less than an hour before, police found the
decomposing body of 59-year-old taxi driver
Edward Nyack at his home at Saddle Road, San
Police said around 2 pm Nyack's neighbour
detected a putrid smell coming from the his
home. He contacted police after he called
Nyack's phone several times and got no response.
San Juan Police, led by Sgt Anslem Hosein,
arrived on the scene and entered the house.
The police found Nyack's body in the living
room wrapped in plastic from his head to his
Nyack's body was in an advanced stage of
decomposition and crime scene investigators
could not say if it had marks of violence. Inves-
tigators said they would await an autopsy to
determine the cause of his death but they
believed he may have suffocated.
His neighbours told police he lived alone and
the last time they saw him alive was on Sunday
Homicide detectives have classified his murder
as a robbery as his Nissan Laurel taxi was miss-
ing from his garage.
Meanwhile, in a separate incident, around 6
pm on Tuesday night police responded to a
report of gunshots at Cemetery Street, Maryland,
The area was searched and police left soon
after when they did not see any victims or gun-
Almost 12 hours later, police were again sum-
moned to the area after a resident reported
seeing a man lying in a drain at the side of the
When Belmont Police, led by Senior Supt
Michael Roban, arrived on the scene they found
the victim had gunshot wounds to the head
Crime scene investigators found several spent
shells near his body.
Investigators said the victim, an African male,
dressed in a black T-shirt and jeans, did not
have any identification on him.
Police are calling on members of the public
who can assist in identifying him to contact
investigators at 621-2514.
Post mortems on the three victims will be
performed at the Forensic Science Centre, St
Thursday, February 13, 2014 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
toll to 67
Students at the Cedros Secondary
School clashed again on Tuesday after a
case of bullying led to one student stabbing
another at the school.
Desks, chairs and dustbins also were
thrown out of classrooms by students who
also got into individual fights during the
stabbing incident, as they responded vio-
lently to teachers' attempts to calm them
down and get them back to classes.
This was the second such incident at the
school and staff and students are now trau-
matised. The first was on January 23.
Parents and staff, however, are also now
accusing the principal, Wendy Mathura, of
attempting to cover up the incident and
calling for answers as to why the incident
of bullying which sparked the latest rioting
was allowed to get out of hand.
Although T&T Unified Teachers Associ-
ation (TTUTA) president Devanand Sinanan
confirmed the incident yesterday, South
Western Division Police said no report had
been made to Cedros police.
According to a source at the school, the
stabbing occurred during the lunch period
when a Form Five student was bullying a
Form One student.
The source said the elder student "was
making fun of his hairstyle and tapped him
on his head. The Form One student then
pulled out a screwdriver and stabbed the
Form Five student on his shoulder several
The source added: "The Form Five student
started to beat up the Form One student
and other students started to behave like a
mob. Several other fights began, similar to
the fight that took place on January 23,
when students started to throw furniture
and fruits at one another and at teachers.
"Some teachers stood helpless and some
had to run back to the staffroom. The prin-
cipal and teachers tried to settle the school
after the stabbing but the students, when
they went back to their classes, began throw-
ing chairs, desks, dustbins and blackboards
out of the classroom."
The source said there were claims that
since the principal arrived at the school
recently, having transferred from another
school, there had been a breakdown in dis-
cipline and respect for students and teachers
The source said members of the com-
munity have also been upset over not getting
to use the facility for community events.
The school is the only venue between Icacos
and Point Fortin large enough to host func-
One parent said: "Is it that the authorities
don't care? Putting her in a school behind
God's back and turn a blind eye. As a con-
cerned parent, that school will only continue
to go further down unless that principal is
According to the source, security also had
to block the principal's office yesterday after
students refused to go back to class after
lunch. Students were reportedly beating
dustbin covers and chanting.
"Someone called the CEO (chief education
officer), and the CEO called the supervisor
and the supervisor called the school con-
cerning the reported riot. The school said
it was just a little thing and they had it
under control," the source said.
In an interview yesterday, Sinanan said
TTUTA was aware of the problems at the
school and representatives spent hours there
last Friday investigating the issues. However,
he said, students flooded the school's cor-
ridors in protest yesterday calling for the
principal to go
He added: "I spoke to a member of staff
yesterday and today. I don't know if rioting
is the correct word but I know there was
some unusual development at the school.
There was clapping and chanting and they
were calling for a new principal.
"I spent several hours there on Friday last
week... myself, Ms De Freitas and Mr Lump-
kin. There were some serious administrative
issues that we really have to sort out. All
is not well and we are trying to work with
the authorities to get this resolved."
Principal: No riot
Contacted late yesterday, principal Mathu-
ra confirmed there was a fight at the school
but denied anyone was stabbed.
"Two students had a little fight but there
was no stabbing," Mathura told the T&T
She also denied there was any clash as
a result of the fight on Tuesday and said
she was unaware of a student protest outside
her office yesterday.
Asked where she thought the claims came
from, Mathura said she had no idea but said
someone might have an agenda against her.
She also denied claims that the commu-
nity was being denied access to the school,
noting that church groups, fishermen, scouts,
SporTT and the West Indies Players' Asso-
ciation (Wipa) were using the school to host
Contacted yesterday, Alicia Busby, com-
munications adviser at the Ministry of Edu-
cation, said officials of the ministry were
unaware of the incident.
However, she promised they would launch
an investigation into the matter now that
they were made aware of it.
This was the third incident of violence
at a school in under two weeks and the sec-
ond to be sparked by a case of bullying.
Last week there were attacks at Presen-
tation College, San Fernando, and Russell
Latapy High School, Morvant, respectively.
The incident at Presentation College was
said to have been caused by a student bul-
Students clash again
at Cedros Secondary
Parents, staff accuse principal of cover-up
the rain on
Main Road, St
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