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A man who thought he had made it home safely before the 9 pm curfew, was murdered in front of his girlfriend on Saturday night.

Joshua Robles, 20, and his girlfriend had just set foot in the yard of their Sparrow Drive, Simeon Road, Petit Valley apartment when he was approached by a man in a black long sleeve jacket and black fisher’s hat.

As the man got closer, he pointed a gun at Robles and shot him several times before fleeing on foot.

The woman at his side was not targeted, but could only run for safety as the ambush took place.

Robles, wounded, retreated to his apartment where he collapsed.

Emergency services were alerted but by the time they arrived Robles was dead.

Fifteen spent shells and two live rounds of 9mm ammunition were recovered.

Robles’ death was one of three investigations that began for homicide officers on Saturday, as the body of a man was found in Laventille an hour earlier, while another was discovered in Sangre Grande.

Police reports stated that shortly before 8 pm they were alerted to the body of man who was lying on his stomach on Gibson Street, Laventille.

His body bore several gunshot wounds.

There was no confirmed identity of the man up to press time.

In an unrelated incident, the decomposing body of a dead man was found by a poultry farmer.

Police were called to Nonpariel Road, Fishing Pond by the farmer. He told officers that he made the discovery while preparing seasoning and he caught wind of a foul stench. When he checked, he found the body in some bushes off the roadway.

Police discovered the dead man’s hands and feet had been tied with a blue coloured rope.

The body, which is still to be identified, was in the early stages of decomposition.

These incidents saw the murder toll rise to 144 for the year so far.

The comparative murder figure for 2020 stood at 184.