"Ill-advised and precipitous."
Seven months after San Fernando handyman Kurt Paul was accused of murdering his neighbour, he was gunned down while liming at a friend’s home on Thursday night. Paul, 31, of Picton New Settlement, Diamond Village, died within minutes after being shot multiple times by two masked men at the nearby Priam Street.
Police said Paul was linked to several robberies and assaults and was detained for questioning along with a close male relative in November for the murder of Aaron Ryan Bachan. Bachan, also of Picton New Settlement, was ambushed and stabbed to death at Picton Junction on October 21 during an ongoing feud in the community.
Around 6.30 pm on Thursday, Paul was sitting outside his friend’s home when the gunmen walked up to him and shot him several times. As limers ducked for cover, Paul began running, but the gunmen followed and continued to shoot until Paul fell on the road and died. The suspects escaped in a silver Honda Civic, which police, led by Snr Supt Cecil Santana, ASP Zamsheed Mohammed and Insp Don Gajadhar, found abandoned a mile away at Ridgewood Gardens, Golconda.
They suspect the murder was a hit on Paul’s life and the car was stolen to commit the crime. It was impounded at the San Fernando Police Station, where traces are expected to be done. When the T&T Guardian visited Paul’s home yesterday, no one responded to calls. However, neighbours described him as a menace in the area, who always terrorised residents.
Decomposing woman found
Meanwhile, Point Fortin police are investigating the death of a 35-year-old woman, whose decomposing body was found at her home on Thursday night. The body of security officer Roslyn Kydd was found lying in the living room of her Country Trace, Fanny Village, home shortly after 7.30 pm. Investigators said Kydd’s sister Judith reported that they last spoke a few days ago, but all calls to her phone were unanswered yesterday.
On checking her home last night, she noticed a foul smell and found her sister’s corpse in the living room. Crime scene investigators and the District Medical Officer examined her body and found marks on her arm, but were unsure whether they were caused by violence. Inquiries are continuing.