Saturday, February 17, 2018

Two were shot

Bodies in overturned van

Officials of the Homicide Bureau of Investigations were expected to revisit St Michael’s Road, Tacarigua yesterday afternoon in an attempt to reconstruct the scene in which the bodies of 38-year-old Shastri Rampersad and 38-year-old Jason Adams, both from Milton Village, Couva, were discovered in an overturned van on Sunday afternoon. 

This is because an autopsy report from forensic pathologist Dr Valery Alexandrov has revealed that the two men were both shot twice in their heads, with two different calibre weapons. 

This has left police officers baffled as to how and when the men were killed and why their bodies were found in the positions they were.

Speaking to Express yesterday, Alexandrov emphasised that the deaths of the two men had nothing to do with the accident.

“This case comes down to three interesting points. Point one, both men had absolutely identical gun shot injuries to their heads which were mirror images of each other.

 “The only discernible difference was that Rampersad was shot to the left side while Adams was shot to the right side. The next major point was that these two bullet holes, which were so close to one another, were from two different ranges. One injury was caused by a weapon fired at a close range, while the other was caused by a weapon fired some distance away. 

“So this is an ‘approaching’ style of homicide. What was also interesting was the fact that two different types of bullets were used to kill these two men. In Shastri, there was evidence of a full copper jacket small calibre round, which resembled .22 ammunition. And in Adams, there was evidence of a hollow point, larger calibre round, which is either a .38 or .45, I believe,” Alexandrov explained. 

At about 12.30 p.m. on Sunday, Arouca police received information that a black Nissan Navara pick-up was seen lying on its hood at the side of the roadway. 

A party of officers from the Northern Division responded and when they arrived they observed the Navara, TCK 7695, on the western side of the road. 

In the vehicle were two men—Rampersad was in the driver’s seat with his seat belt fastened, while Adams was lying awkwardly on the roof. 

Speaking to the media yesterday at the Forensic Science Centre in St James, Rampersad’s relatives said that “he was a fun-going and loving man, who was always going out of his way for people he knew”.

Adams’ relatives were too distraught to speak when approached.