A 35-year-old Chaguanas man who police said had been previously charged with rape, robbery, extortion, and possession of firearms and ammunition, was shot dead on Tuesday. Marlon “Smallboy” Phillip, of Tobago Road Extension, Enterprise, was killed in the street, near his home.
According to a police report, at around 11.15 p.m. Phillip was walking near his home when several loud explosions were heard.
Several minutes later neighbours looked out and found Phillip in a pool of blood suffering from gunshot wounds to the back of the head and back.
A party of officers of the Central Division Task Force and Homicide Bureau (South) visited the scene led by Insp Teasedale and Sgt Jitendra Tooleram. District medical officer Dr Iswaravaka examined the body . An autopsy is expected to be performed today at the Forensic Science Centre, St James.
Police described Phillip as a “pest” in the Central Police Division, since he had been involved in a life of crime for some 20 years.
Detectives believe Phillip was murdered because of a revenge attack from someone he knew.
The murder toll to date is 267 according to an Express tally. For the corresponding period last year, the figure was 234.