Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of 52-year-old Eric Renaud, who was shot and killed in D’Abadie on Monday night, sometime before he and the vehicle he was believed to be driving were set on fire by unknown assailants.
At about 7 p.m. on Monday, Northern Division police received a report that a blue Mazda 323, which was parked along the Priority Bus Route (PBR) near La Resource Road traffic lights, was on fire.
Officers from the Rapid Response Unit (RRU) observed the vehicle, PAU7165, ablaze on the shoulder of the east-bound lane. They contacted the Fire Service and appliances from Arima Fire Station arrived and contained the fire.
However, when the fire officers looked inside the car they were horrified to discover the charred remains of a man slumped across the driver’s and front passenger seat.
The car, police said, was completely destroyed and the body was burnt beyond recognition.
A district medical officer ordered the body’s transfer to the Forensic Science Centre in St James, where an autopsy was performed yesterday by forensic pathologist Dr Valery Alexandrov.
Speaking to the Express, Alexandrov revealed that Renaud’s body was positively identified by his family due to an injury he had previously sustained which resulted in the amputation of one of his fingers.
The pathologist also confirmed that Renaud’s death was a murder as he had been shot twice at close range to the left side of his head.
“The subject was shot to the left side of his head twice and both bullets were recovered in his lower right jaw. The injuries were also very close together, being only centimetres apart, meaning that he was shot from a very close range. So more than likely the subject was shot by whomever was in the passenger side of the vehicle, but he was killed before the vehicle was set on fire,” Alexandrov explained.
This killing pushes the murder toll for the year to date to 272.
PC Bissoon is continuing investigations.