Homicide officers probing the murder of 87-year-old pensioner, Irvin Ming, believe that he may have been strangled, stuffed into a barrel and the lid of the barrel sealed in an attempt to prevent any foul scent emerging.
An initial examination by Ming's body by a District Medical Officer last Friday, at Ming's Calcutta #2, Freeport home revealed that there were lacerations to the man's neck.
Police investigations point to Ming having been killed following a domestic dispute with a male relative and that man's female companion. The two suspects were detained last Friday by officers of the Anti-Kidnapping Unit, led by Head of the Port-of-Spain CID, Acting Senior Superintendent Ajith Persad.
Up to press time yesterday (SATURDAY), the suspects were still being questioned. Investigators are expected to approach the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) tomorrow (MONDAY), following an autopsy on Ming's body at the Forensic Sciences Centre, St James.
Last Wednesday (October 4), Ming's relatives reported him missing to the Freeport Police. One day later, Deputy Police Commissioner, Harold Phillip, assigned a team of officers to assist in the search for the pensioner. Officers carried out several searches and on Friday, the team, led by Acting Snr Supt Persad, discovered the body in a black barrel on the ground floor of Ming's two-storey home.