T&T records four more murders


(Trinidad Guardian) A 39-year-old St James man was shot dead in front his home on Saturday night.

According to police reports, around 10 pm residents of Jeffers Lane reported hearing a volley of gunshots.

When police responded minutes later they found Denzel Eccles lying at the side of the road in front his house. Eccles was taken to the St James District Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Eccles’ murder was the fourth in north Trinidad between Friday night and yesterday morning, bringing the murder toll for the year to 131.

In the first incident around 3.20 am on Saturday, residents of Building 18, Maloney Gardens, reported hearing gunshots. Police were called and while searching the building, they found 39-year-old Joel “Barber” Alleyne dead in his apartment. He had been shot several times.

Several hours later, homicide detectives were called to Petit Valley for another murder.

Residents contacted police around 6.30 am after noticing a red Nissan Tiida parked at the roadside in the southbound lane of the Diego Martin Highway near to Crystal Stream.

Police found the driver, who was later identified as Sherwyn Noel, 33, of Fuller Street, River Estate, Diego Martin, slumped over the steering wheel. Noel had a gunshot wound to the head and was pronounced dead by a District Medical Officer (DMO).

The third incident occurred around 5.20 pm along Johnny King Road, Aranguez, San Juan. Residents reported hearing gunshots before the victim’s Kia pick-up truck crashed into a drain at the side of the road.

Police believe that victim, only identified as Santos up to yesterday, was followed by his attackers, who pulled alongside him, shot at his vehicle and drove away. The victim was shot over a dozen times, investigators said.

Autopsies will be performed on the four victims at the Forensic Science Centre, St James, today.

Investigations are continuing.


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