Saturday, February 17, 2018

‘Well-loved’ activist chopped to death

Tobago records its second murder for 2014...


killed at home: Undertakers remove the body of 67-year-old James Morris, inset, yesterday after he was killed at his Mt Pleasant Local Road, Tobago home. —Photo: ELIZABETH WILLIAMS

Mark Fraser

Police are searching for the suspects involved in the murder and robbery of People’s National Movement activist and building contractor James Morris, of 79 Mt Pleasant Local Road, Tobago.

The death has brought the murder toll in Tobago to two and officers believe more than one person is involved in this latest killing.

Morris, also known as “Mr Mt Pleasant”, was found chopped to death on his bed at his home yesterday morning. The weapon has not been found.

A door on the southern side of his home was open.

Officers told the Express, robbery seems to be the motive as his signature gold rings were missing from his fingers, gold chains and drawers in his bedroom were ransacked, and a quantity of cash was missing.

“He had chop wounds on his neck, like he tried to block one of the chops. There were chop wounds on his hand and blood was on the ceiling, on the ground and the bed was drenched,” police said.

Family members remain distraught. His son Donnel was overcome with emotion at the scene.

His brother Donald Morris said all he wants is justice for the death of his brother.

He said only two weeks ago he told his brother to install cameras on the premises of his home.

“I told him I would like him to organise a camera for his home. He was like ‘Oh gosh”. Because the kind of crime happening now you know, and a man like he. He need these kind of things. We just hoping they could bring the perpetrators to justice,” Donald said.

Representative for Buccoo/Mt Pleasant Ancil Dennis told the Express Morris was well known and loved by many. “He was a very kind and generous soul who always gave wholeheartedly of his time and resources to many of the projects and initiatives in the community. This is a very sad day for Mt Pleasant, and Tobago by extension, has lost one of its major human assets. My condolences to his family, friends, and the entire community who I’m sure are terrified by this,” Dennis said.

Members of the business community who did not wish to be identified told the Express, extra measures are being put in place for their property and homes.