A ROBBERY gone awry was given as a possible motive behind the death of a 50-year-old woman who was found chopped to death at her Aranjuez home on Sunday night.
The death of Cheryl Lorna Adams and that of Mikah Ramkissoon, 21, together with two other people in Couva and Tobago, have pushed the murder toll for the year so far to 16.
Police said at around 8.45 p.m. Sunday, Adams, a mother of nine, was found dead by one of her daughters in the living room of her Sundarsingh home with several chop wounds about the body.
Adams' daughter raised an alarm, prompting neighbours to contact police, who later visited the scene and conducted enquiries.
Supt John Daniel and Insp Ali, along with officers from the Homicide Bureau of Investigations (HBI), Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) and Criminal Investigations Department (CID), carried out investigations.
Officers said they believe that the killer may have tried to rob Adams but she resisted by putting up a struggle before being chopped.
Investigators said they have since received key information on the identity of the killer and are confident that an arrest would be made soon.
None of Adams' relatives were available to speak to the media yesterday, but several of her neighbours described her as a quiet and friendly individual.
They said Adams was a favourite in the community who was always ready and willing to hold conversations with her neighbours. They said her death sent shockwaves through the quiet community, not just because she was murdered, but also because of the ghastly way in which she was killed.
The incident, they said, was unfortunate and called on the police to carry out the proper investigations in order to have her killer arrested and prosecuted before the court.
Three hours after Adams was found dead, Ramkissoon, of Village Council Street, Laventille, was shot to death as he stood along the roadway close to where he lived.
Police said around 11.45 p.m., residents in the area reported hearing several loud explosions and, upon investigating, found Ramkissoon lying along the roadway with bullet wounds about the body. He died at the scene.
Officers led by Insps Sahadeo Singh and Maraj went to the area where they carried out investigations. Detectives said they have since classified his death as gang-related.
Investigations into both incidents are ongoing.