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Prison officer killed

By \\\\\ Carolyn Kissoon carolyn.kissoon@trinidadexpress.com

An alleged love triangle involving two male prison officers and a female co-worker turned deadly on Sunday night, when a 37-year-old man was stabbed to death in Claxton Bay.

Prison officer Dominique Bernard, of Jack Street, was killed at the home of his girlfriend at Plaisance Park.

His 23-year-old colleague walked into St Margaret’s Police Station and admitted to the stabbing, two hours later.

Police said neighbours informed officers that screams were heard at the house, located a short distance away from the St Margaret’s Police Station.

A team of officers arrived at the scene and found Bernard lying motionless on the verandah of an apartment on the upper level of the house.

Police said he was stabbed multiple times in the back and chest.

The murder toll for the year now stands at 198. The toll at June 16 last year was 172.

Enquiries led by Superintendent of Police of the Southern Police Division Zamsheed Mohammed and Inspector Ramkhelawan revealed that Bernard and the suspect were both at the home of their female colleague, when a heated argument broke out over the woman. The men began to struggle and Bernard was fatally wounded. 

Bernard’s relatives were angry that the “bright, young man” was murdered at the prime of his life.

He lived with his mother, Patricia. 

His stepfather, Ricardo Fraser, said Bernard joined the prison service 15 years ago. “He was a brilliant man. He passed level one of his law studies and wanted to become a lawyer. It is very sad that his life ended like this. He was also responsible for this woman getting into the Prison Service too,” Fraser said.

Bernard, who had no children, was divorced.

“He was with this girl a long time now. She was responsible for his divorce. Now he is dead. I didn’t really approve of the relationship. But you see this thing called love? Everything does start nice, but it is really about how it ends,” he said.

Fraser said Bernard’s mother was at her workplace in San Fernando when informed of her son’s death yesterday.

“She didn’t know anything. She got up and went to work this morning at 4 a.m. I saw the police at her house, so I walked over and asked what was going on. I took them to her workplace and they told her what happened. She started to bawl. That was her only son and last of three children,” he said.

Investigators have interviewed the woman involved in the suspected  love triangle.

Detective Green is investigating.

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