Thursday 26 November, 2020

8 still in custody after Chinese national chopped to death

Police said eight people, including two Venezuelan nationals, are still in custody as they near the completion of their investigations into the death of 41-year-old Chinese national Xiangrong Pang.

An autopsy performed at the Forensic Science Center in St James on Wednesday confirmed that Pang died as a result of injuries sustained via chop wounds.

Investigators have since acquired statements from all eight persons on the events of Sunday morning.

Police said that hopefully by Monday (August 31), investigations would be complete and advice could be sought from officials at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Ping was fatally injured around 4 am on Sunday at the Happiness Supermarket, corner Eastern Main Road, and Sixth Avenue, Barataria.

Police said a group of six men and two women, armed with knives and cutlasses, entered the supermarket and proceeded to the upper floor of the building where the owner and eight employees, all Chinese nationals, were asleep.

The suspects attempted to rob the occupants but a struggle ensued.

During the struggle, several people were stabbed and chopped. A report was made to the police who responded within minutes and caught the eight suspects red-handed.

The police officers found several people suffering from injuries. One Chinese national suffered serious injuries and was rushed to hospital where he died. Some of the suspects were also injured in the melee and had to be treated at hospital.

Police said nothing was stolen from the supermarket. The Trinidadian suspects live at Morvant, Laventille, and Belmont and police said they are checking the legal status of the two Venezuelans.

Police said investigators will focus on murder and attempted robbery and enquiries are ongoing.

More on this as it becomes available. 

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