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A Belmont family, already reeling from the death of a relative from COVID-19 was subjected to even more trauma after men purporting to sanitise their premises, instead robbed the family and raped one member instead.

The men posed as health workers attached to the North West Regional Health Authority (NWRHA), with two of them wearing personal protective equipment to enhance their ruse.

However, when they gained access to the Belmont Circular home and began the process of sanitising the house, one of the men pulled out a gun and announced a hold-up, demanding jewellery and money.

They tied up the family, but not before one of the victims was able to send out an emergency message for help.

However, while the emergency response teams were on their way, one of the men raped one of the victims.

The men were unable to escape as Inter-Agency Task Force officers arrived at the house and arrested them.

The three men, aged 22, 25 and 17 from Bournes Road, Carenage and Sangre Grande respectively remain in police custody.

A revolver was also taken by police for evidence.