SCARBOROUGH –– The quiet, middle class community of Carnbee has been shocked with a double murder.
The victims were identified as attorney-at-law Richard Wheeler, 72, and his wife Grace, 63, a real estate agent, both nationals of Britain.
According to police reports, the couple were discovered by their gardener around 11 a.m. today at their home at Riseland Gardens.
T&T Guardian was told the female victim was found on the lawn of the premises, and a report was immediately made at the Old Grange Police Station. When police arrived on the scene, the man was found in the living room motionless.
Police have described the scene as “gruesome” and “very bloody”.
A senior police source revealed that the woman’s throat was slit, while the male victim received multiple chops about the body.
Police believe that robbery may have been the motive, as the house was ransacked.
Neighbours told the T&T Guardian that the couple had been robbed seven times in the past, the latest being earlier this year. The house is also outfitted with an alarm system monitored by TSTT’s Blink Vigilance. They also have dogs for protection.
The couple was last seen alive yesterday evening by neighbours.
Wheeler was a senior partner with Lex Caribbean, specializing in conveyance and property law, based in Tobago, while his wife was a real estate agent with Island Investments, based also in Tobago.
This brings Tobago’s murder toll to seven for the year.
In a statement issued issued today, the Law Association called for an immediate and through investigation into the double murder and called on the public to assist the police in providing the necessary information that would lead to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.
It described the murdered attorney as a distinguished member of the legal profession.
The association expressed its deep concern over the increase in the rate of murders Trinidad and Tobago which now stands at 350.