Bloody weekend pushes Trinidad and Tobago murder toll to 400
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Monday December 23, 2013, CMC – The murder toll climbed to 400 after several people, including a member of the Trinidad and Tobago Regiment, were shot and killed over the weekend.
Police said that Lance Corporal Rawle Fletcher, 34, was shot multiple times in the head, while his best friend and businessman Mitra Maharaj, 45, was shot several times about the body in a drive-by shooting that also claimed the life of a 19-year-old National Energy Skills Centre (NESC) student, Anil Diram.
The Trinidad Regiment in a statement said Defence Force personnel were working alongside the police “to determine the perpetrators of this gruesome act”
Police said the three people were outside a bar, near Inshan Ali bar in Preysal, south of here, on Sunday morning, when the occupants of a vehicle fired upon them.
Police said a back seat passenger walked out of the car, stood over Fletcher and Maharaj and shot them multiple times.
Meanwhile, police said an employee of United Independent Petroleum Marketing Company Limited (Unipet) who was shot and killed on Saturday night, may have been linked to an illegal diesel racket that has taken a multi-million-dollar hit in recent times.
They said Nigel Hosein, 38, a father of two, was returning home from the company’s Christmas dinner when his vehicle as blocked by another vehicle and one of the occupants fired several shots at Hosein killing him in the presence of his wife.
In another incident, police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the body of a man found murdered in Laventille, along the east-west corridor on Saturday night.