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Double murders

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Two double murders within hours of each other have kept police busy over the past 24 hours.

In the latest incident, two men were gunned down at Building Two in Maloney just before 9 last night. Details were sketchy up to press time, but the T&T Guardian was told the men died at the Arima District Hospital after being taken there for treatment. Police were only able to identify one of the men through his alias, Zizi.

In the other incident, robbery is believed to have been the motive in yesterday’s brutal double murder of elderly siblings Victor Hutchinson, 78, and his sister Claudette Cassell, 81.

The siblings were found murdered in the upper floor of their concrete split-level home, which they shared, at Mc Donald Trace, Chinapoo Village, Morvant.

According to a police report, residents in the area heard voices resembling Hutchinson’s and his sister speaking loudly as though they were in an argument yesterday morning. Just after midday, several gunshots were heard coming from the house.

Upon checking, residents later found the bloodied bodies of the elderly people.

Police said Cassell was found slumped at the side of her bed, while her brother was found on the floor in the living room. Police said both were shot several times about their bodies.

A resident, who wished not to be identified, told the T&T Guardian that several weeks ago there was a small fire at their home but there was minimal damage. Hutchinson was assisted by several young people in the area in the cleanup operations subsequent to the fire and police believe one of them may have been involved in the double murder.

Up to press time, a team of police officers from the Homicide Division and the North Eastern Inter-Agency Task Force, along with Snr Supt Sagramsingh and Insp Beard, were processing the scene and questioning residents.

The two double killings were the 17th and 18th recorded for the year.

In a separate incident at about 1 pm, a foreign national was gunned down in the Grand Diamond Hotel carpark at Golden Grove Road, Piarco. He was identified as Saisnarine Deopersad, 66, a Guyanese national who has citizenship in the United States.

Investigators have ruled out robbery as the motive since he still had on several pieces of gold jewellery on both hands. Police, however, believe his murder was a hit and may have been linked to a woman he was familiar with.

Investigators said Deopersad had a court matter to attend at the Port-of-Spain Assizes today. He arrived in T&T yesterday morning and had checked into the hotel for the duration of his stay.

In a third incident shortly before 6 pm, Jason Richards was gunned down while at Lyons Drive, Orange Field Road, Carapichaima.

Up to press time, details were still sketchy, but police said preliminary investigations revealed Richards’ murder may have been linked to his brother Kendell Richards, who was found shot to death on May 12. Kendell, 43, was found stuffed in the trunk of a car which was found abandoned off Pashley Street, Laventille.

The murder toll up to last evening stood at 387 as compared to 348 last year.


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