Maxi-taxi victim weighted down with brick

 THE body of 24-year-old Kendall Timothy Thomas, which was found on Thursday in a large drain in Beetham Gardens, had a brick tied to its feet to keep his body from being discovered, the police said yesterday.

Thomas’ body was examined at the Forensic Science Centre in Federation Park yesterday morning, after he had been grabbed off a red-band maxi-taxi on Wednesday afternoon.

Police said around 2 p.m. on Wednesday, a man exited a west-bound 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 canal that runs through Beetham Gardens, from the Priority Bus Route to Beetham Highway, and by 4 p.m. on Thursday the body had been found.

Speaking with Thomas’ relatives yesterday at “Forensics”, none of them was able to say why he had been kidnapped and later murdered.

Homicide Bureau investigators are continuing investigations. —GG

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