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Canadian shot dead in Curepe

By Gyasi Gonzales gyasi.gonzales@trinidadexpress.com

A CANADIAN national, who had been resident in Trinidad and Tobago for a number of years, was shot dead on Tuesday afternoon at his Curepe apartment.
But up to last night the police were unable to arrive at a motive behind the murder of 31-year-old Anthony Laurant.
Police said around 5.30 p.m. on Tuesday, Laurant was at his apartment, located off Southern Main Road, Curepe, when, according to neighbours, several gunshots were heard.
It was not known how many people entered the apartment but when neighbours decided to check they found his bullet-riddled body in the living room and there were items scattered everywhere.
Police said Laurant either struggled with his attackers or they were looking for something.
His body was then moved to the Port of Spain Mortuary, following which it was taken to the Forensic Science Centre in Federation Park, where a post-mortem took place.
The examination concluded that Laurant died as a result of the several gunshots he received.
In May last year, Laurant was arrested and charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana while in Tobago.
He appeared before Scarborough Magistrate Andrew Stroude and, after pleading guilty, was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.
Laurant explained to the court that he had a card authorising him to be in possession of marijuana, less than seven grammes, and in Canada the amount was not an offence.
“I have a card authorising me to use the drugs, and it was not my intention to break the laws of Trinidad and Tobago. I was not aware the laws of this country were so strict in terms of marijuana use,” Laurant said at that time.
The murder toll stood at 368 up to last night, according to an Express tally.
The figure up to December 11 last year was 366.
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