Wednesday 21 October, 2020

Couva man charged with murder of Venezuelan national Joanna Sanchez

Photo: Calvin Bahadur was charged with the murder of Venezuelan national, Joanna Diaz. Photo courtesy the TTPS.

Photo: Calvin Bahadur was charged with the murder of Venezuelan national, Joanna Diaz. Photo courtesy the TTPS.

A 36-year-old Couva man has been charged with the murder of Venezuelan national Joanna Diaz Sanchez.

The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) said in a statement Thursday that Calvin Bahadur, of Preysal Village in Couva, was charged following advice from Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Joan Honore-Paul on September 9.

Bahadur was due to appear before a San Fernando magistrate today.

The TTPS said Diaz 33, of Buen Intento Road, Princes Town, was reported missing by a relative on September 1.

The accused was arrested in connection with her disappearance on September 4, and her body was found in a cesspit in Couva on September 5.

The charge was laid by WPC Knights of the Homicide Bureau of Investigations, Region 3, on September 9.

Sanchez' funeral service is schedule for Friday at the JE Guide Funeral Home and Crematorium Ltd, San Fernando. The service is expected to be live-streamed for her relatives in Venezuela and around the world to pay their final respects.

Her body is expected to be cremated and the ashes sent back to Sanchez' family in Tucupita.

Joanna Diaz Sanchez' body was found in a cesspit after she was reported missing.

Sanchez was found dead on Saturday in a cesspit at a house on Santa Clara Road, Preysal. Due to the state of decomposition of Sanchez’s body, a cause of death could not be given. 

According to the police, the suspect confessed to strangling Sanchez.

Last Thursday, residents told the police that they heard a scream coming from the suspect’s house. The following day, a 35-year-old man who was known to Sanchez was detained and questioned.

On Saturday morning, he allegedly confessed to investigators, and later that day led officers to the woman’s body.

Sanchez was last seen at her Buen Intento, Princes Town home on August 28 when she told relatives she was going to pick up an item from the suspect’s home.

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