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Five years later and no arrest

Murder victim's mother wants answers

By Carolyn Kissoon carolyn.kissoon@trinidadexpress.com

THE mother of murdered taxi-driver Darren Mason wants to know why no one has been arrested, five years after her son's burnt body was found.

Sherifer Molly Curban, 59, said she would not rest until her family gets justice for her son's death.

She said, "The investigators have not been in contact with me. Imagine my child went missing and his body was found two weeks later. But I didn't get to cremate my son until three years later."

Mason, 23, of Isaac Avenue, Pointe-a-Pierre, vanished on January 15, 2009 after dropping a sister off in Marabella.

Two men were seen getting into his Nissan AD wagon in Marabella.

The vehicle was found at Basin Road, Blue Basin, Diego Martin, three days later.

A month later, a hunter stumbled upon a burnt body at Caratal.

Police suspected the body was that of Mason. The skull was damaged and police believe he may have bled to death from cerebral injuries.

Two suspects were interviewed by police and released.

"Police said they didn't have enough evidence to charge anyone," his mother said.

Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) samples were taken from Mason's relatives which confirmed his identity.

"We had to sit and wait for three years for the police to come and say that was my son's body. I think something needs to be done about this DNA system. Families should not be made to endure this pain for so long. I knew it was my son as soon as they found the body, but I still had to wait so long to give him a proper send off," Curban said.

A senior officer said Mason's murder case was not closed.

"We are working on the case. It is not closed. No one has not been arrested but I assure the family that enquiries are being conducted," he said.

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