Vincentian and Trini appear in court for murder of couple in Tobago

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Murder accused Andre Romeo and Najiip Hills leaving court. (Photos: Trinidad Guardian)


PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Tuesday October 27, 2015 – A Vincentian and Trinidadian man are behind bars of remand after appearing in court today charged with the murder of British-born attorney Richard Wheeler and his wife in Tobago last week.

Naajip Hills, a 23-year-old Vincentian who has been living in Tobago for the past three years, and 29-year-old local Andre Romeo appeared in the Scarborough Magistrates Court and were remanded in custody until November 24.

It was the first court appearance for the two construction workers since they were charged yesterday evening for the murders which occurred sometime between October 18 and October 21.

A woman who was also arrested with the duo and was being questioned in connection with the murders, was released pending further investigations.

However, Assistant Commissioner of Police Vincel Edwards said the murder probe was continuing and they had not ruled out the involvement of other persons in the crime.

Wheeler, 73, a British national who was a senior partner with Lex Caribbean, was chopped several times on his head and hands while his 67-year-old Trinidadian wife, a real estate agent with Island Investment, was also had her throat slit at their home in the middle-class neighbourhood of Riseland Gardens, Carnbee. She was found on the lawn while he was discovered inside the house lying face down in a pool of blood.

Autopsies on their bodies determined they both died from blunt force trauma to the head.

The incident triggered the UK government to issue a travel advisory, informing citizens about the murders and alerting them to crimes committed against tourists in Trinidad and Tobago.

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