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Double murder at high noon
Two men were executed shortly after midday in the gang-torn east Port-of-Spain district, spiking the rapidly growing murder toll to 16 in the past six days. Photographs of the bodies of the dead men began circulating on social media sites within minutes. In separate incidents, one man was shot in the head at Carapo, Arima, and the bullet-riddled body of a known gang member was found near the tourist site of Fort George, St James. Doctors at the Eric Williams Medical Science Complex, Mt Hope, have listed the Carapo victim, Sherwin Johnson, as critical. Johnson, 33, of Rose Drive Evergreen, Carapo, was shot around 1.45 pm yesterday. The bullet “went straight through,” police said. Police statistics show the current murder toll has grown over five times the corresponding figure for last year, which stood at three.
Yesterday’s double murder claimed the lives of Ishmael Bain, 19, of Snake Valley, Laventille, and Derrick “Warlord” Joseph, of First Hamlet, St Barb’s. The killing took place a short distance from the unoccupied police post on Duncan Street and Nelson Street Boys’ RC School. They were shot dead at the entrance to Building 43-45, off Nelson Street, around 12.05 pm. Residents reported hearing several loud explosions and upon checking saw the two men bleeding from head injuries. Residents said they were not from the area. Police were called in and cordoned off the area searching for evidence. Joan Bain, the teen’s mother who visited the crime scene, said her son kept bad company and that was the cause of his death. Police said Joseph had moments earlier appeared in court where he had a pending gun-related offence. His copybook, which recorded his visits to the police station as part of his bail conditions, was still in his back pocket. In the St James incident, 43-year-old Triston “Spirit” Mc Clean was found shot dead at Fort George Road, St James, on Sunday night.
Police reports are that Mc Clean, of Ross Lands, Bournes Road, St James, was found around 5.30 am yesterday by a resident. The man was on his way to work when he noticed dried blood in front his stairway. Police said around 9.30 pm on Sunday night residents of the area heard several loud explosions but no one ventured outside. Police said Mc Clean was a known associate of gang leader David Dick Bishop, 41, who was shot and killed on May 14 2012. Bishop, a paraplegic, had earlier attended a meeting of gang members at a location known as the “Creek”, in Dibe, Long Circular, when he was shot dead in his wheelchair.
Caroni body identified
Police have identified the body of the man found in a drain last Thursday by a group of crab catchers near the Caroni Bird Sanctuary, off the Uriah Butler Highway, He was identified as 48-year-old Ganesh Dhaniram, a building contractor, from Boundary Road, El Socorro. According to police he left his home last Wednesday to attend a party and was not seen since. His Toyota Fielder car was not found and police believed he was robbed, killed and then dumped. Dhaniram’s body was found around 3.45 pm and was pulled out on the north-bound lane of the highway. He was shot once in the head and his body weighed down with two concrete bricks tied to his legs.