A 31-year-old D’abadie man was murdered at his home yesterday morning.
According to reports, shortly before midday Andy “Santa” Jack was standing outside his Reid Lane home when a car stopped in front of the house. The front seat passenger lowered his window and shot Jack several times before the driver drove away.
Jack was taken to the Arima District Hospital but died while undergoing treatment.
Homicide detectives had not established a motive for Jack’s killing up to late yesterday but said he was known to police.
When a news team from the T&T Guardian visited the community shortly after the incident, Jack’s neighbours were still trying to process what transpired.
“Right now I need to go inside and lie down. This place crazy right now. What am I going to tell my son when he comes back from Sunday School? This is too much,” Jack’s next door neighbour, who was still in shock from the incident, said.
Jack’s murder took the toll for the year to 483.
Meanwhile, police also recovered the burnt remains of a man in Sangre Grande yesterday morning.
Around 9.30 am, police received a report of a body being seen in a field at Non-Pariel Road, North Oropouche, Sangre Grande. When they arrived they found the body believed to be that of Noel Carrington in a heap of burnt car tyres. The man’s upper body was burnt and the lower parts of his arms were missing.
The body was discovered by a villager who was driving along the road when he was attracted by crocus bags. The villager told police he thought someone may have stolen produce from people in the village and was hiding it to be taken away. He stopped his vehicle and went to investigate, got a foul stench from the bags, then saw the heap of tyres and realised there was a body in the debris.
The villager called the Sangre Grande Police and a party of officers led by Sgt Vakesh Ramkissoon and including PCs Mahabir, Cielto, James, Lezama WPCS Beekley and Timothy responded.
A wallet with an ID card and driver’s permit bearing Carrington’s name was found by villager about 150 metres away, leading police to believe the body was his. However, they will await a positive ID on the body.
Investigators had no motive for that killing up to last evening, but believe it may be gang-related due to the fact that both hands were chopped off before his body was burned in the heap of tyres.
District Medical Officer Dr Nzegimma viewed the body and ordered its removal to Sangre Grande mortuary.
Police are asking members of the public to contact them at 668-2444 or 691-0133 or at Sangre Grande Police Station.
WPC Timothy of Sangre Grande CID is continuing investigation.