Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has been ordered to rest after spending yesterday afternoon at the Cross Crossing Medical Centre, San Fernando, due to a high blood sugar level.
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Mechanic beaten to death with hammer
Two more people have been killed while five others have been injured in two separate incidents between Saturday and yesterday. Another man, shot last week Sunday, died on Saturday morning. The latest killings pushed the murder toll to 34. According to police reports, 47-year-old Sheldon Isaac died around 9.35 am at the Eric Williams Medical Complex, where he was warded in a critical condition since being shot on January 12.
A suspect, who was charged with attempting to murder Isaac, as well as possession of arms and ammunition, will now be charged with his murder, police said yesterday. Isaac, of Savannah Road, Peytonville, Arima, went to purchase doubles at the corner of Spancrete Boulevard and O’Meara Road, Arima. When Issac was returning to his green Toyota Corolla, which was parked nearby, he was confronted by a man who shot him nine times about the body.
In Diego Martin, 54-year-old mechanic Dulraj Deodath was found bludgeoned to death at his Sea Trace, Bagatelle Road, home. Deodath, who is also the owner of a trucking company, was killed in what police believed was an attempted robbery.
According to police reports Deodath was found in his bed, covered in blood and a hammer nearby around 2.30 pm on Saturday. Sgt Grant and Cpl Linton of the Western Division visited the man’s home after calls to his phone went unanswered by his relatives. Officers noticed his front door forced open and a Toyota three-tonne truck missing. Speaking with the T&T Guardian yesterday, Deodath’s sister, Elsie Deodath, described her older brother as a kind and generous man who was always willing to assist anyone.
Deodath said the family became suspicious after Dulraj failed to visit his mother Sukyia Ramkillawan on Saturday morning as he was accustomed doing as he would also bring newspapers for his brother-in-law Roberto. She said it was Roberto who found Deodath’s body after Ramkillawan sent him to investigate. Deodath said her brother’s death came two months and two weeks after another sibling’s passing.
In the last incident police reports are that on Saturday around 9 pm at Seales Street, Laventille, 22-year-old Marcus Simon, of Philbert Street, was shot while playing cards with a group of men. Simon was taken to the Port-of-Spain General Hospital where he died around 3 am yesterday. Police said Simon’s older brother Dexter Simon, 38; Daniel Lawrence, 28; Noel Eastman, 24; Kerwin James, 38; and Keith Phillip, 22; were with other men playing cards in the roadway when a silver Nissan Almera pulled up and a gunman opened fire.
The older Simon was shot in the stomach; Lawrence was shot in the cheek; both Phillip and Eastman of Old St Joseph Road and Philbert Street respectively were shot in the right foot. James, of Seales Avenue, was shot in the left thigh.