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Sangre Grande woman shot, chopped to death
Three days after her lover, an ex-policeman was shot dead in front her house, a 31-year-old Sangre Grande woman met a similar fate on Tuesday night. Keisha Sanchez, of Second Taitt Trace, Guaico, Sangre Grande, was attacked by a group of armed men who pretended to be police officers. Police said around 9.45 pm, Sanchez heard a knocking on her front door, and heard voices screaming “police.”
When she opened the door, four men, three of them armed with cutlasses and the other with a gun, pushed her inside. Neighbours told police that they heard Sanchez arguing with the men and after a couple of minutes they heard screams and two gunshots. They then saw the group of men running away from the scene. The neighbours rushed to Sanchez’s assistance and took her to the Sangre Grande District Hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries almost two hours later.
A post-mortem performed by forensic pathologist Dr Valery Alexandrov at the Forensic Science Centre in St James revealed Sanchez was chopped six times and was shot in her back and head. One finger on her right hand was severed and two others were partially severed, which Alexandrov said showed that Sanchez tried to defend against her attackers’ chops.
Homicide detectives said Sanchez’s murder was connected to that of her companion Junior “Wang Hue” Khan, who was also shot dead in front of her home on Saturday night. Khan was last assigned to the Sangre Grande Police Station, but was fired from the service after he was convicted of marijuana trafficking. He also had several pending cases in the San Fernando Magistrates Court. Investigators said over the past few weeks, Khan had made several reports to police over death threats made to him.
Insp Andrew Lawrence and detectives of the Region Two Homicide Bureau are probing the couple’s murder. Meanwhile, police are probing the murder of a 28-year-old man who was shot dead in Laventille on Tuesday afternoon. Around 3 pm, police were summoned to Leau Place, off Laventille Road, after residents complained of hearing a volley of gunshots.
When they arrived at the scene, they found Josiah Smith, of Duncan Street, Port-of-Spain, lying at the side of the road. Smith had been shot more than 20 times and was pronounced dead on the scene by a District Medical Officer. Smith’s murder has been classified as gang-related. The two murders raised the murder toll for the year to 326, according to statistics complied by the T&T Guardian. Investigations are continuing.
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