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SIX MURDERED ON NEW YEAR'S DAY

...2013 ended with 406 recorded homicides

By GYASI GONZALES gyasi.gonzales@trinidadexpress.com

Trinidad and Tobago recorded six murders on the first day of the year on Wednesday, making it one of the bloodiest beginnings ever.

On Monday morning, Pastor Casimir Khan was shot dead during a robbery at his home in Arima. His son, 19-year-old Ezra Khan, was also shot in the face, is being treated at hospital. This was followed by the stabbing death, in Bacolet, Tobago, of 54-year-old Curtis Lovelace. A suspect is in custody.

A mentally challenged man, Leroy Haynes, 65 was beaten about the body by a 25-year-old man who later torched the body at Waterhole in Cocorite on Wednesday morning. A suspect has been arrested by the police.

At Wallerfield, Francis, Bernard, 31, was shot dead at around 8.30p.m., near his home at Agua Santa Road. The motive behind the killing of Bernard, the father of a four-year-old girl, is unknown. Police said he spent a year in prison and was released recently.

At Borde Narve Village south of Princes Town, police found a couple dead near their home. Omardath Deokienanan and wife Sharon Bahadoor had spent New Year's Day with family and returned home that night. Police believe they were attacked and killed by two men who stole Deokienanan's car, a white Nissan b-14. The vehicle crashed a short distance from the home and was abandoned. Police were called and found Deokienanan, hand tied behind his back, at the back of his home. Bahadoor, her mouth sealed with duct tape, was found in a cane field about 50 metres from the home. Both were stabbed and chopped to death.
None of the killings are considered gang-related.

(richard.charan@trinidadexpress.cm)
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