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Trinidad: Man, 30, Charged With Murder Of Retired Nurse; Body Found In Barrel

guardian.co.tt-The 30-year-old sus­pect who was tak­en in­to cus­tody fol­low­ing the dis­cov­ery of the de­com­pos­ing body of Her­mi­na Doughty has been charged.

The man of North East­ern Set­tle­ment, San­gre Grande is ex­pect­ed to ap­pear be­fore an Ari­ma mag­is­trate on Wednes­day morn­ing.

An au­top­sy con­duct­ed on the body was in­con­clu­sive as it was in an ad­vanced state of de­com­po­si­tion, ac­cord­ing to in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

The file was how­ev­er com­plet­ed by in­ves­ti­ga­tors and sent to the Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions who gave the in­struc­tion to lay the charge of mur­der on Tues­day evening.

One week af­ter she was re­port­ed miss­ing, the sis­ter of In­de­pen­dent Sen­a­tor Hazel Thomp­son-Ahye was found dead.

The de­com­pos­ing body of re­tired nurse of Trin­ci­ty was found at St Michael’s Road, Tacarigua on Sun­day.

Doughty was last seen on Au­gust 17 as she drove her sil­ver Nis­san Wingroad car north along Dins­ley Road to­wards the East­ern Main Road.

Rel­a­tives be­came alarmed af­ter Doughty failed to at­tend a fam­i­ly mass at the Arou­ca Holy Trin­i­ty RC Church on Au­gust 18, and the Tow­ers Prayer Group meet­ing of the RC Cathe­dral on Au­gust 19.

Even though checks were car­ried out at hos­pi­tals, ho­tels and oth­er pub­lic places–ef­forts to lo­cate her proved fu­tile.

In a so­cial me­dia post short­ly af­ter, rel­a­tives ap­pealed for the pub­lic’s as­sis­tance to lo­cate Doughty and urged cit­i­zens to con­tact the TTPS with any in­for­ma­tion.

As of­fi­cers in the North­ern Di­vi­sion con­tin­ued search­ing for Doughty and her miss­ing ve­hi­cle, in­ves­ti­ga­tions took to them a house at St Michael’s Road, where one man was de­tained in con­nec­tion with the mat­ter.

It is be­lieved the man as­sist­ed of­fi­cers with lo­cat­ing Doughty’s body.

Award­ed the Flo­rence Night­in­gale Award for ex­cel­lence in nurs­ing, Doughty had been in charge of the Blan­chisseuse Health Cen­tre for a num­ber of years. Un­til very re­cent­ly, Doughty had been post­ed at the Ari­ma Health Fa­cil­i­ty.

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