Both killed: Kerwin Beckles (left) and Phillip Bassant

THE bloodbath in central Trinidad which began with the killing of millionaire real estate and used car dealer Sheron Sukhdeo two months ago, continued on Sunday with the killing of one of his employees.

Kerwin Beckles was shot dead in Chaguanas at around 10 pm.

Beckles was among a group liming at Madhoo Crystal Place Recreation Bar near the New Settlement Savannah.

Beckles was crossing the road when he was shot multiple times.

He died in the backseat of a friend’s vehicle on the way to hospital.

A doctor at the Chaguanas Medical Centre pronounced him dead on arrival there.

Sheron Sukhdeo

Killed: Sheron Sukhdeo

The killings began with the murder of Sukhdeo on March 26. He was shot dead outside the home of his in-laws.

Sukhdeo’s neighbour Joshua Plaza, 21, was killed on April 22.

Two weeks later, someone shot and killed Sukhdeo’s brother-in-law Philip Bassant.

On May 5, Beckles wrote on Bassant’s Facebook page: ”RIP mi brother all ready rest up till we meet again”.

Police say the killings are linked. No one has been arrested for any of the homicides.


THE MAJORITY of people interviewed in downtown Port of Spain yesterday agreed with the Government’s State of Emergency to combat the current Covid-19 spike, while a few said it made no sense.

The Express observed a marked drop-off in people seen walking through Port of Spain even on a Sunday but there still remained pockets of limers with small bottles of rum and chaser being shared among them while they keenly looking out for patrolling police officers.

PRESIDENT Paula-Mae Weekes early yesterday proclaimed a state of emergency on the advice of Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley - but citizens were not privy to the relevant regulations that guide their movement until further notice until late yesterday evening.

And according to the “Emergency Powers” enacted by President Weekes under Section 7 of the Constitution, anyone violating the inherent regulations will face a hefty $250,000 fine.

THE Ministry of Education on Saturday announced the suspension of all face-to-face classes at schools.

On Saturday, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley announced that Trinidad and Tobago is now under a state of emergency with a curfew in effect, requiring citizens to stay in their homes between the hours of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m., with exceptions made for essential workers.

Vaccination does not prevent Covid, so don’t be complacent.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Roshan Parasram noted in an interview last Friday that some complacency has been reached in the population because the Government had begun its vaccination programme.

The community of Sellier Street says it has fallen victim to a growing problem of illegal dumping, causing distress to many residents who are forced to endure the unpleasant sights and smells brought to its roadways.