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Friday 15 December 2017
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Body found at Claxton Bay dump

Corbeaux were feasting on the body of a naked man at the Claxton Bay landfill yesterday when police visited the scene.

Police said a 65-year-old scavenger went to the landfill at Forres Park at about 8 am when he made the gruesome discovery. The dead man, who is yet to be identified, was lying face down in an old plastic swimming pool.

The scavenger contacted police and Sgt Ken Ali and PCs Bunsee and Boxill of Couva CID as well as police from Homicide Bureau (Region III) visited the scene. District medical officer Dr Ravi Kawal also visited and ordered the removal of the body to the Forensic Science Centre in St James.

The body had minor injuries and the doctor estimated the time of death to be on Tuesday afternoon. Police said the man, of African descent, appeared to be in his 40s and was medium built and dark brown in complexion. Based on information received, police said that the unidentified man often slept in the dump.

An autopsy is expected to be done today at the Forensic Sciences Centre, St James. Anyone with information is asked to contact the nearest police station or Couva Police Station at 636-2333. Investigations are continuing.

A release from the Solid Waste Management Company Ltd (SWMCOL) confirmed that investigations are ongoing and added that a preliminary report was that the man may have been accidentally crushed by a D8 tractor that was compacting an area at the periphery of the landfill. The victim, SWMCOL said, may have been asleep at the time of the compacting.

SWMCOL’s Acting CEO David Manswell said, “SWMCOL is deeply saddened by this tragic loss of life. On behalf of the Board of Directors, Management and Staff of SWMCOL, I wish to extend our prayers and sincere condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of the deceased.”

The release also reminded all users of the nation’s landfills to exercise caution while on the premises and to adhere to health and safety guidelines at all times.

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