Saturday, February 24, 2018

Girl stabbed, beaten to death


bludgeoned: Sunshine Alfred

Mark Fraser

MISSING Moruga teenager Sunshine Alfred was bludgeoned, then repeatedly stabbed in the neck with a screwdriver. 

The body of the 17-year-old Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) trainee was discovered in an abandoned canefield on Wednesday, three days after she went missing. 

Police said that around 5.20 p.m., a resident of Cedar Hill was walking along Solomon Trace when a foul stench led him to the body.

The body was clad in a white striped top, and blue jeans. She wore no shoes.

Pathologist Dr Valery Alexandrov concluded that Alfred died from the three stab wounds to the left side of her neck. She had been most likely beaten unconscious, Dr Alexandrov found.

Alfred, a past pupil of Moruga Composite School, had been staying at her aunt’s home at an apartment complex at Orchid Gardens, Pleasantville, to pursue a hairdressing course at the CCC at St Croix Road, Princes Town. 

Around 5.30 p.m on Monday, Alfred told her cousin, Sade Simon, she was going to the home of her friend, Kern Wallace, at Tarodale, near Ste Madeleine, to have her hair done by his sister. 

She left Wallace’s home in a taxi headed to San Fernando, around 9 p.m.

Fifteen minutes later, Alfred is said to have  told Wallace by cellphone that she was seated in another taxi to be taken to Pleasantville. 

When she did not arrive home by 10 p.m., Wallace and Simon began calling Alfred’s cellphone without response. 

Simon said yesterday: “Around 1.30 a.m. (on Tuesday) a man answered the phone and said he had her (Alfred’s) phone because she was in his taxi. He said she and a boy got into the back seat of a car at  Library Corner, and the boy was hitting the girl and shouting at her.”

Simon said the “taxi-driver” also claimed a gun was put to his head by Alfred’s angry boyfriend who told him to drive. 

“The man said the boy was hitting her in the car, but he was afraid to look back because the boy had a gun. He said he drove to Princes Town when the boy stopped him in a lonely area and threw the girl out the car. He said the boy took his ID card and told him he would kill him if he told the police what happened. The man said he dropped the boy in San Fernando and drove away”, said Simon.

Simon said the man did not identify himself, nor did he contact relatives again. 

The cousin and neighbour of Alfred described her as “a very private and secretive person”. 

But Simon said Alfred often cried for her father, Martin Patrice, who died in a house fire at Marac, Moruga, last year. 

Neighbours said there were two men who had been stalking Alfred. “They would find her wherever she went. When she was travelling, going to the bank, or on High Street, they would be watching her,” said a neighbour. 

A party of police officers led by Acting Senior Supt Cecil Santana, Homicide Division (South), and Princes Town CID and Southern Division Task Force visited the crime scene on Wednesday.