Sunday 23 February, 2020

2017 in review: 10 crimes that shocked Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago's crime rate soared in 2017, leaving citizens shocked, angry, disturbed and frustrated. 

Although the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) has been working hard and has, in fact, increased their detection rates in several districts, some especially gruesome crimes horrified citizens, leaving a shadow on the national spirit. 

Here are 10 crimes which shocked the nation.

1. Jamilia Derevenaux murdered in Movie Towne car park

In a busy car park on February 5, 2017, Jamilia Derevenaux was quietly murdered after her throat was slit.

Her killing shocked the nation. Three suspects were held in connection with the crime. 


2. Autopsy reveals dark details of Malabar double murder

The brutal deaths of Rose Mohammed and 13-year-old Videsh Subar remain embedded in the minds of citizens.

Mohammed's brother Solomon Baksh and one other have since been charged with their murders. 


3. Point Fortin woman's face shattered by attacker

The gruesome murder of 23-year-old Kelly Ann Shane brought anger and calls for action from citizens, who decried these acts of violence being committed against women. 

An autopsy report revealed that Shane's face had been brutally bashed in, and her skull partially crushed, from being hit with a piece of wood. 

Wesley Taylor, of Point Fortin, was charged with her murder on July 19, 2017.


4. Former National Museum director, Claire Broadbridge, murdered

The brutal murder of the former Director of the Trinidad and Tobago National Museum, Claire Broadbridge, rocked the nation. 

Broadbridge had been at her St Ann's home when two attackers robbed and killed her, then set her house on fire. A man and woman have since been charged with her murder. 


5. Mother-in-law charged for pundit's murder

In a shocking twist, the mother-in-law of a well-known pundit was charged with his murder in December 2017.

Kumarie Maraj lived in the same house as her son-in-law, 45-year-old Sunil Ragbirsingh, and was present when Ragbirsingh was robbed at his home. His attackers shot and killed him, then made off with approximately TT$20,000 and US$5,000 cash and a quantity of jewellery.

Also charged was 20-year-old Salim Goberdhan, a handyman who worked for Ragbirsingh. 

6. Bayshore pharmacist accused of luring, raping job applicants

Unknown to the other residents of the quiet residential area of Bayshore, Westmoorings, two women's tales of horror unfolded after they responded to an advertisement for a job opening only to be mercilessly raped at gunpoint and robbed. 

66-year-old Ramnath Ramdhan, a pharmacist and owner of a Port of Spain drugstore, was charged along with an accomplice, 27-year-old Akeem Worrel, in early November. 


7.  Charred remains of Michelle Harrylal and two men found in Carlsen Field

DNA testing revealed that the bodies of Michelle Harrylal, her boyfriend Michael Applewhite and their friend Marlon Dyer were found in a house in Carlsen Field in November.

Harrylal's son alerted a nearby village after the disoriented, traumatised child told villagers that his mother had 'gone to heaven'.

8. Akeno Thomas brutally kicked, stomped to death

The gruesome video of two men attempting to shoot one man to death, and then when the weapon failed, stomping and kicking him to death, caused outrage and horror among citizens. 

Two men were held for the crime.


9. Million-dollar heist at the Piarco International Airport's cargo facility

In one of the most brazen Christmas crimes of the season, a group of armed men lay in wait and then swooped down on airport and customs officials, stealing approximately $5 million from a cargo container. 

However, their windfall was short-lived as four people were charged with the crime after two persons were caught with approximately $250,000 of the stolen cash. 


10. Mother of one, Samantha Isaacs, gunned down by ex-partner

In another case of domestic violence, the horrific murder of 26-year-old Samantha Isaacs, who was allegedly dragged from a gathering and shot and killed in the street in Carenage left citizens calling for more protection for vulnerable women in society.

Isaacs, who has one three-year-old son, allegedly sought for protection from her ex-partner and father of her son, 31-year-old Kahriym Garcia.  Garcia shot himself to death just hours after Isaacs was killed. 


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