Murders up by 10 percent
In just over five months, the murder toll is inching closer to 200 for the year.
With four homicides recorded over a 24-hour period on Tuesday, T&T’s murder toll, according to statistics provided by the TT Police Service (TTPS) stood at 196.
The toll for the comparative period in 2016 was 177.
This represents an average increase of 10 percent in the number of reported murders for the year.
To this end, police have increased patrols in hotspot areas throughout the country as they try to combat the increase in violent crimes.
In classifying what constitutes a violent crime, it is important to note that murders are different from homicides.
Homicides are defined as the killing of one human being by another human being.
Murders are classified as the killing of one human being by another human being with the intent to kill them.
The term intent, is paramount to the definition of murder, and the distinction between the two.
This is because the number of homicides recorded for the year thus far has crossed the 200 mark already.
However, some of these homicides are not classified as murders, if the intent is not discernible.
For the year thus far, at least one homicide has officially been classed as a manslaughter, while another death was classed as an unlawful killing for which a coroner’s inquest has been ordered.
There are other incidents which are also engaging the attention of police investigators awaiting proper classification due to varying factors, including among other things, an identification of bodies found.