Schoolboy, 15, found in river… HACKED TO DEATH

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A 15-year-old schoolboy, who was sent by his mother to sell vegetables in Freeport on Thursday, was found on Friday morning floating in a ravine at the back of a church. Police believe he was hacked to death.

Abia Williams, 30, said she sent her son, Emmanuel Okera, to sell the vegetables on Thursday.

When she tried contacting him via his cellphone at 3.17 pm, Williams got no answer. At 4.30 pm on Thursday, Williams and another persons went in search of the boy but he could not be located.

Williams then contacted the Couva police and told officers that Okera left their Seereeram Trace, Calcutta No. 2 home to sell vegetables which he was accustomed doing. Officers visited the area on Thursday night and saw bloodstains on the ground. But still, there was no sign of Okera.

On Friday morning, his body was found in the ravine at the back of the church. The area was cordoned off and Okera’s body was later fished out of the ravine.

Police sources said injuries to his face suggests he may have been beaten before being thrown into the water. The body was taken to the Forensic Science Centre, Federation Park for an autopsy on Monday.

Okera’s murder has taken the murder toll to 294 for the year.


THE body of a man was found in a drain in Tunapuna on Friday.

According to reports, residents of Cornelius Drive heard gunshots at about 4.30 pm.

Residents made a check a few minutes later and found the man’s bullet-riddled body in the drain. The body was later removed to the Forensic Science Centre. Police are appealing to the public for assistance in identifying the body so that an autopsy can be done. Investigations are continuing.


The body of the man found floating in a river at Cunjal Road, Barackpore, on Wednesday has been identified as Thakorie Adheen, 55.

He was stabbed, choked and thrown into the river still alive and eventually drowned, an autopsy found on Friday.

According to the autopsy Adheen was stabbed to the left side of his abdomen and choked until he passed out before his body was thrown into the river, pathologist Dr Valery Alexandrov said.

He added that Adheen may have been attacked by at least two men as one held him while the other stabbed him, given the cluster of stab wounds to the abdomen.

Adheed worked at a sawmill in Caparo, Central Trinidad.

Adheen’s body was found around 6 pm by police who responded to an anonymous call that the body of a man was spotted in the river located at Cunjal Road South.

Adheen was found in blue trousers with a crocus bag wrapped around his head.

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