Sherma Francis

TWO people, including a woman, have added to the country’s murder toll.

The latest killings took place in Biche and Blanchisseuse, taking the country’s murder toll for the year so far to 263 compared to 331 for the corresponding period last year.

The deceased have since been identified as Sherma Francis and Barry Boxhill.

Francis, 54, was with a group of friends near the Charuma recreation ground shortly before midnight when people began firing on them from a passing car.

Francis was shot twice in the abdomen and died at hospital.

Not long before, there had been an argument involving a group of men and some of the people Francis was liming with.

The men left, promising to return.

In the second incident, police said Boxhill’s body was found down a precipice in Blanchisseuse on Saturday.

Police said a passer-by detected a stench and, upon investigating, saw Boxhill’s semi-decomposing down the precipice in an area known as Christophene Field. He lived Bon Air Gardens, Arouca.

Boxhill, police said, appeared to have been shot in the head.

Investigating officers said the discovery was made around 4 p.m., after which Northern Division and detectives from the Homicide Bureau of Investigations were contacted.

With the assistance of personnel from the Defence Force, police were able to remove the body.


Two more Covid-19 deaths have been recorded, bringing the death toll from the virus in Trinidad and Tobago to 74.

The Ministry of Health reported the deaths in its morning update yesterday.

The patients were both elderly men with co-morbidities.

Close to 600 employees at Caribbean Airlines (CAL) in Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica will be temporarily laid off for three months.

The measure takes effect from October 15.

For staff members who continue to work, there will be salary reductions for eight months—from October 15 to June 15, 2021.

It’s the immediate impact of the airline’s move to cuts costs.

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh has been severely criticised for “trying to blame” the non-functioning of the CT scanners at Port of Spain General Hospital and Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex on Covid-19 factors.

“The minister’s attempt to blame this on Covid-19 is a poor excuse and an attempt to hide mismanagement and incompetence,” Fyzabad MP Lackram Bodoe said in a statement yesterday.

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith will be vacationing in Ireland for one month but intends to keep close to the ongoing investigations surrounding Drugs Sou Sou TT (DSS).

This will be the first time Griffith is taking a month-long vacation since being appointed top cop in August 2018. He will join his wife Nicole and son in Ireland.

IN presenting a virtual Carnival, Trinidad and Tobago has to find a way to monetise all online productions.

So said music producer Kenny Phillips yesterday, following the announcement of a likely cancellation of Carnival 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.