2 men to appear in court for murder of ex-cop

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2 men to appear in court for murder of ex-cop

Two men are scheduled to appear at the Siparia First Magistrates’ Court today, after they were both charged with the Murder of businessman and former police officer Syed Mohammed.

Marcus Uriah Jacob, a 35-year-old handyman of Princes Town, together with 28-year-old labourer Daniel Harroo of Orange Valley, Couva, were charged with the murder of 46-year-old Syed Mohammed on Monday 19th December 2022. Detective Constable Vishal Ramoutar of the Homicide Bureau of Investigations Region Three Office laid the charges, following advice received from the Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Mrs. Joan Honoré Paul.

The men were also charged with Possession of Firearm, Possession of Firearm to Endanger Life, Possession of Ammunition, Possession of Ammunition to Endanger Life. Additionally, Marcus Jacob was charged by Constable Deena for driving a motor vehicle bearing false number plates.

Around 9:15 am on Monday 12th December 2022, Syed Mohammed was in the front yard of his home on Katwaroo Trace, Penal. Whilst standing there, a white Nissan Versa motor vehicle drove from the street’s dead end and stopped where he stood.

A man armed with a handgun allegedly alighted from the vehicle and approached Syed. The assailant allegedly pointed the gun at Syed and shot him several times. Syed fell to the ground and the assailant allegedly returned to the vehicle which then sped out of the street.

Officers attached to the Emergency Response Patrol Unit (ERP) Southern Division, received a report of the shooting and quickly responded. Around 9:30 am whilst proceeding along Rahamut Trace, Debe, they observed a white Nissan Versa proceeding in the opposite direction.

They intercepted the vehicle and while making checks the officers observed two male occupants seated in the vehicle. Both men were informed of the report of a shooting in the Penal District and officers searched both men and the vehicle. The search yielded one Glock 17 pistol with six rounds of nine-millimetre ammunition, found in the vehicle. The two men were arrested for possession of a firearm and ammunition, and the suspected murder of SYED MOHAMMED.

Detective Ramoutar, together with an Investigative Team from the Homicide Bureau of Investigations Region Three; under the supervision of Detective Inspector Aslim Hosein continued enquiries. Their investigations proved that the intercepted vehicle had false number plates.

Discussions were held with the Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Mrs Joan Honoré Paul and on Monday, December 19th, 2022, she advised that Mr Jacob and Mr Harroo be charged for the murder of Syed Mohammed.
Superintendent (Ag.) Sean Dhillpaul spearheaded investigations into Syed Mohammed’s death.