Friday, February 23, 2018

Driver shot dead in bed

Cadet officer was asleep with wife

A DRIVER attached to the Ministry of National Security was shot dead in bed at his Arima home early yesterday morning.

The death of Sherwin Yorke, 47, has pushed the murder toll for the year to date to 242, according to an Express tally.

Police sources said that around 1.40 a.m., Yorke, who was also a cadet officer, was asleep with his wife at their Kingdom Avenue, Maturita, home shortly before he was killed.

Officers said the woman awoke and went to the bathroom before hearing the sound of gunfire coming from the bedroom. She ran from the house and alerted neighbours, who called police.

Investigators said when they arrived on the scene, they found Yorke on the bed with gunshot wounds to his head. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Detectives from the Region 2 Homicide Bureau of Investigations and other officers visited the scene and carried out enquiries.

Police said they were unclear of the motive behind Yorke’s murder.

An autopsy will be carried out on his body this morning at the Forensic Science Centre, Federation Park, St James.

Contacted yesterday, Minister of National Security Gary Griffith said he was aware of the murder but was not willing to comment until he was fully briefed of the circumstances surrounding the incident.