Wednesday, February 21, 2018

PH driver shot dead

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 32-year-old private hire (PH) taxi driver who was shot and killed on Saturday night in Pashley Street, Laventille.

According to police reports, Nicholas David, of Eastern Quarry, Laventille, was plying his white Nissan B15 for hire in the Laventille community when, at about 10.15 p.m., after dropping off a passenger, several loud explosions were heard. 

The vehicle, which police said was driving in a southerly direction at the time, came to a stop on the nearby pavement.

Residents, on investigating the source of the disturbance, found David slumped against the steering wheel of the vehicle and notified the police.

A party of police officers from the Port of Spain Division and Homicide Bureau of Investigations, including Sgt Khan, Sgt Hillaire, and WPC Jacob, among others, responded. 

Police sources told the Express yesterday that while they have yet to establish an official motive for David’s death, they have ruled out robbery as none of his personal items were removed from the car. 

A district medical officer visited the scene and ordered the body’s removal to the Forensic Science Centre in St James, where an autopsy is expected to be performed tomorrow to officially determine the cause of death. 

Several spent shells were said to have been recovered from the scene and officers from Besson Street Police Station and the Homicide Bureau are continuing investigations. 

The killing brings the murder toll for the year to date to 286.