Stabbings at J’Ouvert …”VIOLENT CARNIVAL”

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The Police were kept busy on Carnival Monday with two fatal stabbings during J’Ouvert celebrations. There was a murder on Sunday night, and a foreigner died when he was crushed by a music truck.

In the first incident, a 17-year-old teenager of Brad Park, Perseverance Village, Chaguanas, was stabbed to death after leaving J’Ouvert celebrations.

Around 10.10 am, Rishard Singh left J’Ouvert celebrations at Ramsaran Street, Chaguanas, and got into an altercation along the Southern Main Road, near Edinburgh Gardens.

A man reportedly stabbed him several times. The suspect along with other men were arrested and were in police custody. A weapon was also seized. Police officially closed off J’Ouvert celebrations at 10 am.

The victim’s brother, Ryan Sampath, was inconsolable. He said they went to J’Ouvert celebrations in Chaguanas and were awaiting transport to go home when they were attacked by a gang of teens.

He said one of the teenagers of the group stabbed his brother and ran off. Sampath said when he saw his brother lying on the ground he alerted the police.

He added, “One of the fellers say they make a mistake and stab him, but yuh cyar make a mistake and stab somebody in they heart. I hold my brother dead in my hand, that is the worst feeling I ever have.”

Chaguanas Mayor Gopaul Boodhan extended condolences to the relatives of Singh.

Boodhan said, “It is very saddening and troubling that this incident happened following celebrations. The police has been extending all efforts to curb criminal activity and the actual J’Ouvert celebrations was incident-free. I am urging the police and members of the public to be more vigilant and avoid the temptation of getting into arguments and altercations.”

In the second incident, J’Ouvert celebrations in San Fernando were shut down by the police after a reveller was murdered.

There was also a report of a shooting and several others people were stabbed in San Fernando.

According to reports, around 8.20 am, Osei Joseph, 24, of La Romaine, who was with friends in a J’Ouvert band, had an altercation with a group of men on Cipero Street. One of the men whipped out a knife and stabbed him three times, once in the neck and twice in the back. Joseph died later.

Twenty minutes on the same street near Park Street, another man was shot. Police said Kion Jack, 26, of Montgomery Street, Ste Madeleine, was liming with friends when they heard a loud explosion.

Jack was shot to his upper body and fell to the ground. He was shot once, but the bullet when through his chest and back. There were also several reports of fights and minor stabbing incidents.

Two young men were also arrested after they tried to rob revellers along Rienzi Kirton Highway with an imitation gun.


A 24-year-old man was shot dead on Sunday night in Morvant.

He was identified as Victor Nimblette, of Poinsettia Drive, Morvant.

According to police reports, around 8.45 p.m. on Sunday, Nimblette was at home when he was confronted by a group of men who were armed with firearms.


A 67-old-year man drowned at Maracas Bay on Monday despite warnings from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service that there will be rough seas for the entire Carnival period.

Dead is Renald Ambrose.

According to reports, Ambrose drowned around 9 am while swimming at the beach opposite the popular Uncle Sam’s Bar in Maracas.

Officers from the Maracas Bay Police Station responded to the incident.


A United States citizen was crushed while standing behind a music truck in Woodbrook shortly after 1 pm on Monday.

Reports revealed that Kingsley Robardier, 77, of Florida, was chipping and dancing behind a music truck when the driver of the truck began to reverse, knocking him onto the ground before running over him. He died at the scene. Onlookers tried to resuscitate the victim but by the time he arrived at the hospital he was already dead.

The Woodbrook police interviewed the driver as well as the eyewitnesses. Investigations are continuing.

Meanwhile, a 30-year-old Cocorite woman suffered head injuries while attempting to climb onto a truck in Ariapita Avenue, Woodbrook shortly after 9 am on Monday.

According to reports, Joan Stephens, attempted to climb onto a truck to use one of the portable toilets when she lost her balance and fell, suffering head injuries. She was rushed to the Port of Spain General Hospital where she was undergoing emergency surgery up until late this afternoon.

Woodbrook police are continuing investigations.

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