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Pensioner killed after death threats

By fyzabad \\\\\ Sue-Ann Wayow sue-ann.wayow@trinidadexpress.com

DESPITE several reports made to the police about his life being threatened, pensioner Cosmos Hypolite was murdered after an altercation with a 31-year-old man.

Hypolite, 87, was discovered dead by police in his gar­den in Sanderson Avenue, Fyzabad, at around 3 p.m. on Thursday. 

Police said they received an anonymous call, went to Hypolite’s garden and found him bleeding and motionless with chop wounds about his body.

The suspect, someone well-known to Hypolite’s family, was detained by police at a house in Colley Street, Fyzabad, a short distance away from the scene.  

Yesterday, Hypolite’s wife, Rosey Paponette, said she was unaware of what actually took place but suspected the argument was about a closed gate.

She said her husband left his Pepper Village home at around 9.15 a.m. to attend to his garden and was expected to return home at 2.30 p.m., which was usual for him. 

She said the suspect, who used the gate to get to his home near Hypolite’s garden, would sometimes lock it so Hypolite would not be able to enter the property.

Paponette said when it was 3 p.m., two family members went to find out if he was well. Hypolite, a father of four, suffered from hypertension.

By the time they arrived, police officers were already at the scene.

She said the suspect always threatened her husband with a cutlass and was arrested several times.

He was released from prison two months ago she said.

Paponette said she was pleased with the quick response from police officers at the Fyzabad Police Station and she hopes to get justice for her husband’s death. 

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