Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Man chopped to death on roadside


A 24-YEAR-OLD Princes Town man was murdered on Saturday in Barrackpore after he was attacked by three men he knew.

Nathaniel Prince, of Moonan Branch Road No.3, Manahambre Road, was discovered dead at the roadside with chop wounds.

Three men, aged between 18 and 22 years old, were detained by police shortly after the incident.

Detectives said yesterday they are yet to uncover the motive for the killing.

Police said on Saturday around 9.30 p.m., police officers were on mobile patrol in Barrackpore when they were stopped by a 29-year-old man at Clarke Road.

The man reported he was plying his car for hire in St Margaret’s Village, Claxton Bay, where he was hired by Prince.

The driver told police that Prince asked him to pick up three men in Tarodale, San Fernando.

Prince was seated in the front passenger seat of the Nissan Tiida, PCT 3374, and the three men sat in the back seat.

Around 8 p.m. they asked to be taken to an area in Penal and the driver headed there.

In the vicinity of Clarke Road, Penal, one of three men asked the driver to stop the vehicle to allow him to urinate.

The driver said one of the men locked his neck, and the others pulled Prince out of the vehicle.

He said he struggled with his attacker and he escaped. As he ran away, he saw the other men chopping Prince.

When police went to the area with the driver, Prince’s body was discovered at the side of the road. The vehicle and the men were missing.

An all-points bulletin (APB) was issued and police officers intercepted the vehicle a short while later at Rochard Road, Barrackpore.

A murder weapon was found near the body.

Prince was pronounced dead at the scene by the district medical officer.

His body was removed to the San Fernando mortuary, and he was later identified by his mother, Bernice Trotman.

At Prince’s home yesterday, his step-father, who identified himself as J Edwards, said Prince worked as a driver and recently got a job as a scaffolder.

He said Prince usually stayed at the home of his girlfriend, whom he did not know.

“He was always very quiet, but he liked to lime a lot,” Edwards said.

An autopsy is expected to be performed on his body today at the Forensic Science Centre, St James.

Cpl Ramroop of Barrackpore Police Station is continuing investigations.

Prince’s death takes the murder toll for the year to date to 217.