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Guard stabbed to death during lovers’ quarrel
A 25-year-old security guard was stabbed to death on Sunday night during what police believe was a lover’s quarrel. Josh Ali, 25, of Cuche Village, was stabbed in the heart by a 28-year-old Navet woman at her apartment at Home From Home Drive, St Ann’s Village, Mayaro, police said. According to reports, Ali and the woman were at the apartment around 10 pm when they got into an argument. A fight started and Ali was stabbed nine times in the chest and abdomen during the scuffle.
The woman then left Ali bleeding on the floor and reported the incident to Mayaro police. When officers, led by Insp Fitzgerald George, Insp Wayne Doodhai and Sgt Mickey Williams, arrived, they found Ali lying dead in a pool of blood. The woman subsequently told police a drunken Ali arrived at her apartment where he met she and a colleague talking. She said he began to argue and picked up a knife and attacked her but she managed to wrestle the weapon away and defended herself.
Speaking to the media at the Forensic Science Centre, St James, yesterday, Ali's brother, Timothy Ali, said his younger brother was a quiet person and would either be at work or at his rented apartment. However, investigators are yet to determine whether the woman acted in self-defence as they said Ali was stabbed with such force that a rib was broken and his heart and lungs punctured. Up to yesterday evening the suspect’s colleague was being interviewed by police.
At the apartment yesterday, the landlord said the woman had rented the apartment for two months while she searched for a cheaper home and had told him a male friend would be visiting her during her stay but would not live with her. Despite the murder, no one at the other apartments could recall hearing any commotion and said they only became aware of the incident when they saw police outside. Cpl Racha is investigating.
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