2 Charged for Guanapo Murders

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TWO men are expected to appear virtually before an Arima magistrate on Monday jointly charged with the murders of four members of the Peterkin family on September 21 in the Heights of Guanapo.

Jalani River, 22, and Jodel Noel, 24, both from the Heights of Guanapo, were both charged yesterday by Inspector Simon, of the Homicide Bureau of Investigations (HBI) Region Two, with four counts of murder and five counts of possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition, and shooting with intent following advice by Director of Public Prosecutions Roger Gaspard, SC.

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According to police reports, at 12.30 am on September 21, 2023, police officers responded to a report of loud explosions heard at La Retreat Extension, Heights of Guanapo, Arima.


Upon arrival, police observed the bodies of nine people, all suffering from gunshot wounds.

The injured were taken to hospital as they showed signs of life. Faith Peterkin, 10, Arianna Peterkin, 14, Shane Peterkin, 17, and Tiffany Peterkin, 19, however, succumbed to injuries while being treated at hospital.


Further investigations by the HBI Region Two, Rivers and Noel were arrested and charged with offences.


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