Trinidad police reject suggestions of a serial killer at large

Acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams said that the deaths of Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) trainee, Sunshine Alfred, last week and two other young women, whose bodies were found after being reported missing earlier this year, were not connected.

“It is obvious that what you are having is three incidents and the three incidents not being related; you cannot have a serial rapist or killer.

“For you to have a serial rapist or killer, it has to be with related incidents and what is highlighted here are not related incidents, but we are concerned as an organisation.”

Williams said that the TTPS is concerned with every single death of a citizen, adding “that is why we are working extremely hard to reduce the number of murders and all incidents in Trinidad and Tobago, whe¬th¬er it is of a violent nature or a cri¬minal nature.

“On the face of it, to this point in time, there is no existing relationship we can make any determination on,” he said.

On Friday, Williams appeared before a Joint Select Committee (JSC) of Parliament and reported that while serious crimes on the whole have decreased by 36 percent for the first four months of the year as compared to last year, there were two more homicides recorded for the period in question.

On February 13, Shinelle Nelson’s partially decomposed and dismembered corpse was found in the Guayamare River. Her head, arms and feet had been chopped off.

The 21-year-old woman had left her home on Carnival Saturday, February 9, to attend a party.

In the other incident, 20-year-old Oyin “Angel” Assing, a geriatric nurse, left her family’s home on April 3 to return a pay cheque on which her name was misspelt. Her body was later found floating off Dhein’s Bay in Carenage with her abdomen sliced open and her intestines removed.

An autopsy concluded Assing died as a result of “acute haemorrha¬gic shock due to decavitation injuries of the abdominal content”.

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