Saturday, February 24, 2018

2 charged with Morris murder

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Roger Gaspard has given Tobago police the green light to charge two men in connection with the murder of popular building contractor James Morris of Mt Pleasant, Tobago.

After one month of investigations, the all clear was given on Saturday by the DPP for charges to be laid in the matter.

Senior police officials told the Express a 27- year-old-woman from Trinidad, who resides at Mt Pleasant, has since been released in the matter.

Officers said a man in his late twenties from Mt Pleasant, who is in prison on other charges, and a 31-year-old man from Carnbee, a village a short distance from Mt Pleasant, are remanded in Trinidad, but will be flown to Tobago to answer the charges before the Scarborough Magistrates’ Court.

Some pieces of Morris’s signature jewelry were also recovered.

Officers were alerted after jewelry belonging to Morris was sold to a jeweller in Trinidad.

Morris, 67, who was a building contractor and People’s National Movement contractor, was chopped to death at his Mt Pleasant home on April 2.

Several pieces of his signature jewelry were also stolen.

The killing marked Tobago’s second murder for the year.

An autopsy performed on his body revealed he died as a result of multiple chop wounds about the body.

Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Chief Secretary Orville London, a close friend of Morris, later called for justice to be served in the case.

CrimeStoppers later offered a reward of $100,000 for the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators in the matter.

Corporal Marlon Robley is spearheading investigations.