DEAD: Shazard Ali

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Body found in Cumuto

By Alexander Bruzual

Police are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 46-year-old man after his body was found in Cumuto yesterday morning.
According to police reports, Eastern Division police received a phone call around 6 a.m. yesterday that the body of a man was observed lying on the ground along St Marie Emanuel Road, Cumuto.
A party of officers, including Inspector Lutchman, Cpl Jawahir, Cpl Henry and PC Martin, among others, responded and when they arrived, they found the badly mangled body.
According to police sources, the body appeared to have severe marks of violence, including what appeared to be tyre marks along its torso.
A trail of blood was also observed on the roadway, leading officers to believe that the deceased may have been run over and his body dragged along the road.
The area was cordoned off and the officers notified their seniors and a party of officers from the Homicide Bureau of Investigations also visited the scene.
The district medical officer visited the scene and ordered the body’s removal to the Forensic Science Centre in St James, where a post mortem is expected to be conducted today.
The body was later identified as that of Shazard Ali.
Ali, police said, was known to them as he had several prior run-ins with the law. It was also revealed that he lived a short distance away from where the incident took place.
While police source said Ali’s body also appeared to have injuries associated with a beating, they were unwilling to make an official pronouncement on whether Ali was indeed murdered up to late yesterday, preferring to wait for the results of an autopsy.
This was because, sources noted, that based on the evidence they had received during their enquiries, it was also possible that Ali may have been killed in a hit and run.
Investigations are continuing.
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