Shonneil Duncan, 27, who was found dead last Saturday in Mt St Geroge, was stabbed in his neck and bled to death. Duncan’s killing was the fourth murder recorded in Tobago for 2018.
An autopsy performed by Forensic Pathologist Dr Eslyn McDonald Burris on Wednesday at the mortuary of the Scarborough General Hospital showed that Duncan died from haemorrhaging as a result of a stab wound to his neck.
Reports are that Duncan, also known as ‘Pussa,’ a construction worker from Mt St George was allegedly killed following a scuffle with another man. Police reports are that shortly after 7pm at Back Street, Mt St George, Duncan was with a group of friends, when he allegedly got into an altercation with another man over money. After a short struggle, Duncan fell to the ground and the assailant, said to be a close friend of the victim, ran off.
Sources said the assailant was found asleep in a house at Windward Road in Mt St George on Sunday morning by officers of the Task Force and CID.
Police said a 20-year-old man is in custody and assisting with investigations.
One relative who was at the Scarborough mortuary on Wednesday for the autopsy, told Newsday Tobago that Duncan was confronted by a man as he got out of a car on arriving in the village.
“He had just got home in Mt St George and as he came out of the car, the fella accosted him and they had a scuffle. I don’t know what could cause a man to kill his best friend for $40.
I understand he owed the man $40 and when the man saw him he wanted his money along with interest, he wanted $200, so that is $160 interest.
“By now I am sure Satan is out of him and he has a lot of time to think about what he would have done. You make children but you don’t make their minds, we all have to live and die somehow but we never know when,” the relative said.
Another relative said that Duncan didn’t deserve to die in such a manner.
“Shonneil was a very loving child. I understand he was killed for $40, but whatever the circumstances of his killing, it is indeed sad. He definitely didn’t deserve this,” this relative said.