POLICE were up to eight o’clock last night still on the scene of a murder where the victim had been grabbed off a red-band maxi-taxi on Wednesday afternoon. He was then shot and killed and dumped in a large drain in Beetham Gardens, Port of Spain.
The victim was Kendall Timothy Thomas aged 24.
In yesterday’s (Thursday) Express the initial report given by the police included two other kidnap victims. But this was not the sequence of events.
Police said yesterday that at 2 p.m. on Wednedsay a man exited the maxi-taxi at 19th Street, Beetham Gardens but as he did so, three gunmen stormed the maxi-taxi and robbed almost all of its passengers.
Thomas reportedly argued with the gunmen who grabbed him off the maxi-taxi.
A team of police officers from the Inter-Agency Task Force and Besson Street CID later swooped into the area. The team, which was headed by Insp Sahadeo Singh and included Cpl Budri, later detained five men from the area.
The police were then able to find out that Thomas had been shot and his body dumped into a large canal that runs through Beetham Gardens from the Priority Bus Route to the Beetham Highway.
Between Wednesday night and yesterday officers began combing the dark, murky and highly polluted waters of the canal in search of the body.
When the Express arrived on the scene shortly after 5.30 p.m. the body had been sighted floating among scores of plastic bottles and cups.
Thomas’ relatives arrived at 6.30 p.m.
Kevon Charles who is Thomas’ brother said, “he goes out and limes with his sister and he is a cool guy.”
He said Thomas lives in Chaguanas and sometimes spends time with his relatives in Carenage.
He added that the victim worked as a contract labourer with a relative who has a small construction company.
Homicide Bureau officers are continuing investigations.
The murder toll for 2013 stood at 369 up to last night according to an Express tally.