Three foreigners who were detained following the death of a man on New Year’s Day, have been released after the Director of Public Prosecutions, Roger Gaspard SC, ordered an inquest, the Police Service has confirmed.

The three suspects, ages 49, 24, and 20 years, who live in Macoya, were detained immediately following the death of Aarif Mohammed, which occurred on January 1st in Tunapuna.

Around 10:25pm on Friday 1st January 2021, police officers responded to a report of an altercation in progress at Lot No. 148 Macoya Extension Road, Tunapuna.  On arrival, they interviewed several persons.

Police officers observed Aarif Mohammed, clad in a grey jersey and blue long pants lying on the ground in a pool of blood.  Police officers noted that both his hands and feet were tied, and he was unresponsive but showed signs of life.

The officers took Mohammed to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, where he was examined by Dr. Ramkissoon and Dr. Mahabir.  He was pronounced dead at 10:50 pm.

According to police reports, around 9 pm on New Year’s Day, Mohammed—carrying a cutlass—went to the Lot No. 148 Macoya Extension Road, Tunapuna, where he had an altercation with three men, reportedly chopping one of the men on his hand.

The men reportedly subdued him, tied him up and contacted the police.

The three men were arrested by police officers. 

An inquest into the matter will soon be carried out.