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Bludgeoned to death
A crime of passion is how resi-
dents of Coco Piece Road, Gaspa-
rillo, described the brutal murder
of housewife Kavita Lisa Jokhan,
who was bludgeoned about the
head by a man who claimed to
The suspect’s response was ap-
parently triggered after Jokhan re-
fused his advances.
“He used to say nobody else can
get her. Only he can get her,” a
neighbour told the T&T Guardian
The suspect, a 58-year-old gar-
dener from the area, was arrested
at the scene after residents no-
ticed blood splattered on his feet
and alerted the police.
According to reports, Jokhan, 27,
who lived with her common-law
husband, had just returned home
around 3.30 pm on Wednesday
and was standing in her garage.
It is believed the suspect met her
there and repeatedly bashed an
object against her head and left.
An autopsy yesterday revealed
death was due to blunt force cer-
Police were not sure what was
used to kill Jokhan and Southern
Division Police were searching the
area in the hope of finding a mur-
der weapon. They suspect that a
heavy piece of wood was used.
A neighbour said a worker who
was loading produce onto a truck
nearby noticed someone lying on
the floor and alerted them.
“A boy was loading his truck
when he said ‘look a man dead
over there’. When my husband
went across there to see what hap-
pened, he said it looked like Lisa
killed herself,” the neighbour said.
She said Jokhan had personal
problems, but on further checks,
they all realised that the situa-
tion was grimmer than they first
A diminutive Jokhan was found
on the ground with her blood on
the walls and the silver Toyota
Altis parked in her garage.
Residents gathered at the scene
were shocked at the horror that
befell their neighbour and quiet
They said the suspect later
emerged from the bushes behind
a neighbour’s house and casually
joined them until they noticed the
blood on his feet.
Neighbours said the suspect was
a drunkard who they stayed away
from because he would walk in the
roadway spitting profanities.
They said Jokhan, who was
brought to the community six
years ago by her husband, devel-
oped a friendship. They dispelled
talk of a love triangle but said
Jokhan and the suspect would
drink together at his shack at the
end of the road, in a track leading
to agricultural lands. However,
they fell out when the suspect
touched Jokhan inappropriately
and she and her husband reported
him to the police.
Since then, neighbours said the
suspect had been passing on the
road and cursing her, but they
would speak to each other when
he was sober.
Southern Division police are
Ste Madeleine handyman shot in head
Facing death after a gunman
pumped a bullet into his head,
Zainool Mohammed ran franti-
cally to his niece’s home crying
out for help.
Within the seconds it took for
his niece, Sherene Mohammed,
to reach her front door, however,
Mohammed died and his killer
Police said Mohammed was
at his home on Coquette Street,
Ste Madeleine, around 10.35 pm
Wednesday when he was shot.
Sherene said yesterday that she
heard a single gunshot, followed
by Mohammed calling her name.
As she walked outside, she said
she was frozen with fear as she
saw her uncle lying still in front
their gate. She said he had a gun-
shot wound under his chin that
looked like someone pressed a
gun there and shot him. Relatives
believe someone he knew well
and shared a cordial relationship
may have been the killer because
of how close the person got before
shooting him. Ste Madeleine po-
lice and an ambulance responded,
but Mohammed was dead before
they got to the scene.
The murder came as a shock to
relatives, who said he never got
into arguments or fights with any-
one and never complained of any
threats. They said since Caroni
(1975) Ltd was shut down, he had
been cleaning yards and doing
small jobs around the neighbour-
hood to make a living. Most of
his days were spent liming with a
friend in the area.
But police said while they had
no clear-cut motive for the kill-
ing, his addiction to cocaine and
crimes as a petty thief may have
led to his demise. At her Petit
Morne home yesterday, Moham-
med’s mother, Shiroon Moham-
med, said he was a good son but
would give “a little trouble” when-
ever he smoked his cocaine.
— K EVON FELMINE
A planned “hit” backfired for the
hitman when he was shot dead by
his intended victim in Belmont yes-
The victim, also shot in
the attack, died as well.
The dead men were identified as
Khareem Stanislaus and Kobe “Bot-
Police said Stanislaus, who was
wearing a bulletproof vest and ski
mask, was the “hitman.”
According to a police report,
Brown was at his home at Walcott
Lane, off Belle Eau Road, when he
was confronted by Stanislaus, who
opened fire on him. Police said
Brown managed to draw his gun
and fired back at Stanisclaus, hitting
him several times in the bulletproof
vest and once in the head.
Police said Brown was a “priority
suspect” in several cases and was
held during the 2011 state of emer-
gency for alleged gang affiliation.
In an unrelated incident at about
9 am yesterday, the body of an uni-
dentified man wrapped in a garbage
bag was found over a precipice off
Morne Coco Road, near Le Platte
Police said the body was in an
advanced state of decomposition.
Investigations are continuing in both
so far for 2018
T&T Police Service public affairs
officer, ASP Michael Jackman, says
domestic violence is a social ill im-
pacting T&T in a profound way and
it is time for all to act.
“Domestic violence is not only
physical abuse but it covers sexual,
emotional, psychological and finan-
cial abuse and anyone in society
who is aware of any of these situa-
tions should make it their business
and report it to the police,” Jack-
man said on CNC3’s Morning Brew
He said last year there were over
1,100 cases of domestic violence
reported, of which 43 victims were
killed. So far this year, there have
been over 100 reports made to the
police. But Jackman said the police
still had a lot of challenges getting
full cooperation from victims.
“They are many instances where
victims would refuse to work with
the police officers and cooperate
and would just want the officers to
warn the offender. But it is a dan-
gerous practice,” he said.
“I advise that all parties to go to
the court and apply for protection
orders. Other family members can
also apply on behalf of victims.
Also, adults can apply for children.”
Anyone seeking further assis-
tance in relation to domestic vio-
lence cases is asked to contact the
TTPS’ Victim and Witness Support
Unit at 624-8853. —Rhondor Dowlat
Shiroon Mohammed is consoled by her sister Kurisha Hosein over the death
of her son Zainool Mohammed (inset) at her home in Petit Morne, Ste
Madeleine yesterday .
PICTURE RISHI RAGOONATH
Crime Scene investigators search the home of a suspect in the murder of Kavita Jokhan on Coco Piece Road,
PICTURE RISHI RAGOONATH
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