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Mentally ill man dies after running into burning house

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

A mentally ill man who was seen by residents running to and from a burning house on Boundary Street, Felicity, Chaguanas, yesterday, later was burnt to death. The incident shook the quiet community. Up to press time yesterday, police details on the matter were sketchy. Chaguanas police confirmed the incident and said before he died in the burning house, the man was seen wielding a cutlass.


Residents said he “was not too right in his head” and lived alone in a small house. “People saw him running into the fire,” a resident said. The Central Division of the Fire Services was unable to provide further information, since the officers who had been at that scene were putting out a fire in another location, the T&T Guardian was told. In another matter, Chaguanas police confirmed the murder of a man in Enterprise at 4.30 am yesterday. Police said he was standing on the Southern Main Road, Enterprise, when a man walked up to him, shot him and fled. The victim was identified as Marcus Kellar of Tobago. His body was taken to the Forensic Science Centre, St James. The T&T Guardian was told gang warfare had intensified in Enterprise and shootings and violence were commonplace.