Saturday 18 November, 2017

Grandson in court after grandfather's body found stuffed in barrel

A Freeport man has appeared before a Couva Magistrate, charged with the murder of his grandfather, Irving Mings, whose body was found stuffed in a barrel in his home. 

Michael Mings, 26, a musician of Calcutta Road, #2 Freeport, appeared before Senior Magistrate Siumongal Ramsaran at the Couva Magistrates Court on Monday to answer the charge.  

The matter was adjourned to Monday, November 13. 

Mings, 87, a pensioner, also of Calcutta Road, #2 Freeport, was found dead inside a barrel at his home on Friday, October 6. He was previously reported kidnapped and a $100,000 ransom was demanded for his safe return on Wednesday, October 4. 

Homicide detectives believe he may have been killed between Wednesday, October 4 and Friday, October 6. 

Post-mortem results attributed the cause of death to asphyxiation. 

The younger Mings was charged by Vanessa Callendar-Sinclair of Homicide Bureau Investigations, Region 3 on Friday, October 13 after advice was received from Director of Public Prosecutions, Roger Gaspard, SC, on Thursday, October 12.