RESIDENTS of Nelson Street, Port of Spain, yesterday made an early morning gruesome discovery of a human head on the sidewalk.
At 6.15 a.m. police were called out to Nelson Street after the head of a man was seen on the sidewalk next to the Credo building. The man’s body was found a few feet away in an abandoned lot.
The man has been identified as Michael Derrick Piper of Chaconia Avenue, Morvant.
Police said they have no positive motive for the 50-year-old man’s killing but believed it was the mark of gangsters from the Sea Lots area since that is their modus operandi.
Police said there were no bullet wounds on his body and believed he was beheaded at the abandoned lot and his head positioned on the pavement.
Police said his death may have been a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time and that he was used to show the gruesome method used by killers so others would be warned to stay away.
Piper’s body lay on the scene for close to six hours as residents of the area looked on and took pictures. His hands and feet were bound and his head positioned in full view of closed circuit television cameras (CCTV).
Resident who gathered asked why it took so long for his body to be removed with one woman shouting that it was a “Bar-be-crew” (sic).
Piper’s decapitation is the country’s third for the year. On May 18, Nigel Jones who had four aliases—“Nigel John”, “Nigel Picton”, “Ras” and “Farrell”—was identified by his fingerprints.
Jones also had six addresses—two at Enterprise, two in Sangre Grande, one in La Horquetta and another in Arima.
Jones’s head was found behind the racetrack at Santa Rosa Park, Arima.
His body was discovered in an open field at Spring Road Extension, off Simeon Road, Carapo.
On February 21, the severed head of ex-prisoner Learie Ceball was found on a table outside “The Step Bar”, at Dumfries Road at Rambert Village, San Fernando, shortly after daybreak. His body was found in a canefield in Debe.
The country’s murder toll now stands at 270; 20 less that the corresponding period last year.