Published on: August 24, 2022, 11:55 am.
Last updated: August 24, 2022, 11:55 am.
Police in Tobago are still searching for the trio who robbed the Silver Dollar Casino on the Caribbean island of about $92,000 on Monday. One of the men was armed with a gun.
Money was stolen from a safe, Trinidad and Tobago News Day reported. Then the three bandits fled after the night theft.
The casino is located in Shirvan Plaza. The market is next to Shirvan police headquarters.
Casino owner fatally shot
In another murder in Trinidad and Tobago, casino owner Lucius John, 35, was at his nightclub in LA when he was fatally shot by robbers in December 2020.
He died at the scene of the crime. John had opened the gaming property just two weeks before he was killed. No suspects have reportedly been arrested in the case.
After seeing the bandits, John alerted his brother-in-law and another relative to run. The bandits then shot him dead.
One of John’s relatives said he gave up his own life when he alerted family members.
“Two more of my family members would have been dead this morning if not for Lucius. That’s the kind of man he was.” News day reported.
“He was the first to see the armed men and warned them to run. One of the relatives at the casino was playing a game on his cell phone, so he wasn’t paying attention to what was going on, and the other one was right there.”
Not guilty verdict
Also in September 2021, a local man accused of killing a casino security guard in Trinidad and Tobago during a robbery was found not guilty, according to local news reports. He was released more than a decade after the murder in 2010. The defendant denied any wrongdoing
High Court Judge Lisa Ramsumair-Hinds made her ruling after finding inconsistencies in the testimony. She then told the defendant, Anthony “Bussa” Contrera, 37, who is from the town of Tunapuna, that he was a free man.
During the weeks-long trial, which began in August 2021, prosecutors tried to prove that Contrera killed Qiydaar Alexander at the Jackpot Casino and Members Club in the city of Curepe.
They claimed he and others pretended to be customers. Contrera would have then wounded Alexandru in the head. Casino workers and players were robbed, prosecutors said.
After being shot, Alexander fell to the ground, lost consciousness and bled profusely from his wounds, according to court testimony. He later died of his injuries.
A firearm was also reportedly stolen from the crime scene News day. Also stolen were $151,000 (approximately $22,137) in cash and the casino’s surveillance camera system.
But Contrera said he was shopping elsewhere on the island when the robbery and murder occurred. Two reported witnesses did not appear in court to testify. During the trial, Contrera also denied any wrongdoing.
When announcing his verdict, the judge noted disputes over what the killer was wearing. She noted that a witness claimed the victim was shot at close range. But a pathologist said the shooter was two to three meters from the victim when shots were fired, according to Guardian of Trinidad and Tobagoanother local publication.