The body of missing hiker Richard Baird was found yesterday but could not be air-lifted out of the dense Aripo forest.
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Woman stabbed to death in church (with CNC3 video)
Death threats made against Fabiola Ramona Chacon became reality on Thursday evening when she was stabbed to death in the bathroom of a church at Longdenville, where she had gone to seek counselling for her troubled marriage. Chacon, 36, had gone with a male companion to the Apostle Ministries at Amarsingh Street, Longdenville.
While the pastor was speaking to the couple they had an argument. Chacon reportedly left the room to defuse the situation and went to the washroom. But she was followed by a man who stabbed her several times. She died on the spot and the man fled the scene.
Police were searching last night for a man from East Dry River, Laventille, to assist in their investigations. Relatives said Chacon, who lived in Port-of-Spain, was originally from Point Fortin and the only child of her mother, a retired primary school teacher. They said she returned to her mother’s Point Fortin home on Christmas Day and had been there ever since.
They said only last week, Chacon told them of the death threats made against her life, and they did not know she had gone to seek counselling on Thursday. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday. In an unrelated incident, homicide detectives are investigating the murder of a man who was found in East Port-of-Spain early yesterday.
According to police reports, around 4.45 am police from the Besson Street CID received a report of a body lying in a drain at Clifton Hill Circular Road, East Dry River. They found the man’s body with more than two dozen chop wounds. Investigators later discovered the man’s right hand had been severed and could not be found. They believe the man’s attacker may have taken it away from the scene.
One senior officer described the chopping as the worst he had seen in his 15-year career. Police said the victim, a man of African descent in his 30s, was wearing a black jeans, a black-and-white T-shirt and white sneakers. He did not have identification documents on him.
Investigators are asking members of the public who may have information which could assist in identifying the victim or solving the murder to contact the Besson Street CID at 625-8008. ASP Ajith Persad, Sgt Spring and Cpl Williams are probing the murder. The murder toll now stands at 37.