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‘Let him pay for the crime he do’

Monday, March 19, 2018
Victim’s mother wants swift justice
Lisa Logie prays during a peace march for the four murder victims and their families in Sobo Village, La Brea, yesterday. PICTURE RISHI RAGOONATH

Christine Jones is demanding the death penalty for the man who allegedly murdered her daughter, granddaughter and two other people on Tuesday.

After getting word that a suspect had been captured, she said her prayers had been answered.

“Prayers is a most powerful thing. I had people praying all over Trinidad because this thing rock the whole of Trinidad. It had people praying in Venezuela, where we used to live, and the Adventist community.

“It had people praying in England so they had to hold him. So if they hold him I thank my God for that,” she said.

The man is being queationed in connection with the murders of Abigail Jones-Chapman, her daughter Olivia, 16, Olivia’s friend Michaela Mason, 14, and Michael Scott, 60.

Their bodies were found at Jones-Chapman’s apartment at Kanhai Settlement, Sobo Village, last Tuesday.

Jones wants to see swift justice in the matter.

“I don’t want him to stay in jail and waste up taxpayers’ money. I want them to torture him as much as they could and if he want to die on his own after the torture, so much the merrier.

“I sending a message out to the family and all the abusers they have in this small Trinidad, is time they start doing something about this, people just want to be murdering other people.

“Hang them. Do that something because is time. How crime will stop if you don’t show some form of deterrence?” she said.

An emotional Jones added: “I just want him to pay for the crime he do. Those two innocent children had nothing to do with him. Mr Scott had nothing to do with him.”

If her daughter no longer wanted his friendship he should have just walked away like a man, she said.

Jones applauded Police Commissioner Stephen Williams for suspending three police officers while investigations are carried out into their alleged failure to investigate a report by Jones-Chapman days before the murders.

Chapman-Jones had told the police that the suspect had put a knife to her throat and threatened to kill her.

“The police are there to protect and serve. They are not there to be playing around and in reports like this they are supposed to take immediate action. A woman make a report that the man beating she up...go and hold the man,” said Jones.

She said it is not enough to say “is a love affair they will patch them up just now.”

“When people lives are in danger it have no love affair because if you are in love with somebody you will not hurt them. That person come like part of you.”

Speaking publicly for the first time since Michaela’s death, Carla Thomas said her daughter, the last of her four children was supposed to return home on the day the bodies were discovered.

Overcome with emotion, Thomas and her daughter, Shernice Louison, thanked God that the suspect was caught.

“God is good,” she said.

Yesterday La Brea residents took part in a procession organised by the Sobo Village Council in conjunction with Sobo Village churches to pray for the families of the murder victims.

A single funeral service will be held on Wednesday for Jones-Chapman and her daughter at the La Brea SDA Church, while Michaela’s service takes place tomorrow at the Sobo Basketball Court. Scott’s funeral service is expected to be held on Sunday at the La Brea SDA Church.


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