GRUESOME: Police investigators at The Step Bar at Rambert Village, La Romaine, view the head of ex-prisoner Learie Ceballo, on table, at right, after it was discovered early yesterday morning. —Photo: DAVE PERSAD

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By Susan Mohammed susan.mohammed@trinidadexpress.com

An ex-prisoner who was decapitated, a 70-year-old grandmother and the brother of a police sergeant are among the latest murders to rock the country.

The head of Learie Ceballo was discovered lying on a table outside a bar in La Romaine at daybreak yesterday.

The rest of the body was found in a canefield at Debe, hours later.

The severed head was found outside The Step Bar at Rambert Village, around 6.15 a.m.

Five kilometres away, along a track leading to an abandoned canefield at Dumfries Road, the body was found.

Police said Ceballo, 38, who had addresses at Coconut Drive, and Beach Avenue, La Romaine, was released from prison last Friday.

Police said Ceballo had a criminal history, including robbery and drug-possession.

Investigators were told Ceballo was seen liming and drinking at the bar last Saturday night.

Barman Veshal Sieunarine, 36, said: "He (Ceballo) came with a woman and they were liming. I didn't see him again for the rest of the week. I am thinking, 'Why would the killers put his head there?' I am trying to figure it out. I did not see him for over a year before Saturday."

Sieunarine said he was alerted about the find by a doubles vendor who sells nearby. Sieunarine called the police and a team of officers led by ASP Cecil Santana visited the scene.

An autopsy was expected to be conducted at the Forensic Science Centre, Federation Park, yesterday.

Last week Wednesday, the partially-decomposed and dismembered corpse of 21-year-old Shinelle Nelson was found in the Guayamare River off the Old Southern Main Road in Cunupia.

Nelson's body was recovered but her head, arms and feet had been chopped off.

No arrests have been made in this incident.

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