Police were up to last night still searching for the relative who brutally attacked Tobago kindergarten teacher Kayla Marie Solomon-Caine with a hammer, dealing her several fatal blows yesterday morning.
The man attacked Solomon-Caine, 24, of Lowlands, in front her two daughters and mere metres away from the Dorothy Moses Nursery School in Lambeau where she worked. Parents who had just dropped off their children also witnessed the attack, while the little students inside heard the last distressed screams of their teacher.
Police believe a domestic dispute led to her killing.
According to reports, around 8.20 am yesterday, Solomon-Caine and her daughters were just leaving her home, which is one house away from the school, when she was confronted by the man. The man, armed with a hammer, accosted her and dealt her several blows to her head and chest before running away. Solomon-Caine died at the scene.
Speaking to the T&T Guardian hours after the attack, Dorothy Moses Nursery School board member Jerry Ali said it was very sad and heart breaking. He said Solomon-Cane was well loved by her students, adding some of them would have heard the screams during the violent attack and were traumatised by it. However, he said the necessary counselling would be given to both parents and children.
“It is sad that we continue to be faced with situations like these...,” Ali said.
“The children would have heard some screaming and the persons who would have gotten some level of what was happening were parents who were dropping off children. Those parents were really traumatised, one parent couldn’t even drive, they had to send a driver for her, so they would have witnessed to some extent what transpired. We called the TRHA via Ms.Ali and they have agreed to send counsellors immediately to counsel children and parents.”
Classes were suspended yesterday and are scheduled to resume next Wednesday, with counselling sessions scheduled to be held on Monday for students, parents and staff.
Senior Supt Joanne Archie said the exact cause of the attack was still unknown to them.
“My information is that she was staying at the home of a friend on the street here at the said house where the incident occurred. We have not received any further information from any other relatives. The information we have received so far is from the friend whose home she was staying at and persons who would have seen a man leaving the scene,” Archie said.
“The incident would have occurred in the yard at the foot of the stairs, however we are still conducting investigations to determine really what would have been the cause of the dispute...it is my information that there had been a report made by her, we are still to check that report to see whether or whom that report was made against.”
Staff from the Division of Education’s Student Support Services and officers from the Community Policing Unit visited the school to lend technical support.
District Medical Officer Dr. Okali ordered the body removed to the Scarborough General Hospital mortuary and an autopsy is scheduled to be performed soon.
The Tobago Homicide Bureau is continuing investigations into the island’s second homicide.
This was the second incident in which a woman was killed in close proximity to their workplace in an apparent domestic dispute. In July last year, Romelda King was chopped to death by her husband Hilton King in view of her co-workers near her job site at Congo Hill Trace, Moriah. Hours later, police discovered Hilton King a house a short distance away frothing from the mouth.
Source: guardian.co.tt (Casandra Thompson-Forbes)
The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) is advising customers in parts of South East Trinidad, served by the Navet Water Treatment Plant, that there will be an interruption in their pipe borne water supply today - Friday February 2, 2018, from 10: a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
WASA says this has become necessary in order to carry out emergency repairs to a ruptured 36” diameter transmission main in the vicinity of the Plant.
The affected areas will include:
Along Rio Claro Tabaquite Road, from TCO Booster - Rio Claro Roundabout; along Cunapo Southern Main, from Rio Claro Tabaquite Road Junction to Cushe; along Naparima Mayaro Road, from Cocoyea to Manzanilla Mayaro Road; along Moruga Road, from Naparima Mayaro Road Junction to Cachipe; Torrib Tabaquite Road; Guaracara; Rochard Road; parts of New Grant Area; along Cipero Road, from M2 Link Road Junction to Borde Narve / Bronte; Barrackpore, Rochard Douglas Road; Manahambre Road; Debe; Golconda; along Siparia Erin Road, from Namdevco Market to Batchyia Trace; Upper / Lower Rock Road; along Naparima Mayaro Road, from Manahambre Road to Craignish; along Manahambre Road, from St. Charles Road to Naparima Mayaro Rd Junction; Jaipaulsingh Road; St. Croix Road.
WASA is advising that it may take between 8 to 12 hours to normalize the scheduled pipe borne water supply to some affected areas after the plant resumes full operations.