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Aug 7, 2017

Taximan murdered in City overnight; body was dumped in Collet Canal

Thomas Staine

There was an apparent murder overnight in the City. The body of thirty-nine-year-old Thomas Staine, known as “Kun”, was retrieved from the Collet Canal near the Yabra Bridge this morning, hours after his taxi was collected from an area closer to the center of town. He had been stabbed and had his hands bound. But did the father of one run into the wrong customer? Or was he targeted for his money or something else? Police continue to run down the answers while his family mourns the loss. Aaron Humes reports.

 

Aaron Humes, Reporting

Patrolling officers in the Yabra area came upon a gruesome discovery this morning. But it is not clear as yet how thirty-nine-year-old Thomas Staine, known as “Kun,” apparently stabbed to death and with his hands bound, came to be fished out of the Collet Canal following a food run.

 

Superintendent Daniel Arzu, Deputy O.C., Eastern Division South

Superintendent Daniel Arzu

“Investigation suggests that sometime around three in the morning, this morning, this gentleman, Mr. Thomas Arthur Staine, was by Ramada Princess Casino, being a taxi driver, and he drove off from that location heading to Birds’ isle to purchase something to eat; and sometime around four-ten, the vehicle that he was driving, which is a white taxi, was found at the corner of King [Street] and Amara Avenue. Nobody was inside, but what was observed is that the back seat, the passenger seat, was smeared with what appears to be blood. Sometime around six-forty-five this morning, the police found this gentleman in the state that he was found as I mentioned earlier. Injuries observed were multiple, what appears to be stab wounds to the left side of his chest.”

 

Police say they are not aware whether anything was stolen from Staine although we are told his cell phone and wallet appear to be missing, and the exact motive is not known and is still being investigated. But the loss of the father of one and youngest of her children has devastated his bedridden mother Ann, who clearly could not hold back her grief as she spoke with us at the family home. She made clear that her son was no trouble-maker.

 

Ann Staine

Ann Staine, Mother of Deceased

“Thomas da mi ‘pend-upon,’ Thomas da mi right hand; no trouble. Thomas no give me no trouble; the only trouble weh Thomas do da to ihself when ih go tek ih lee drink and so. Other than that, Thomas no give no trouble, no trouble; from work to home, from work to home.”

 

Reporter

“I understand he was a taximan?”

 

Ann Staine

“Yes, ih run ih taxi along with his brother; ih go out every night with ih breda. Night or day, they call him anytime and he’s always ready, always ready. Ih neva seh no. Da mi third child; di last one dead; I only have the first and second and he da mi di third one. And ah talk to do and a talk to dem every day and a talk to ah and a ask ah. He never have problem with nobody; nobody ih neva had no problem. Ih neva had no fuss with nobody, nobody; ih neva had no fuss fi seh, “Ma, somebody do mi this,’ or ‘Ma, Ah wah do somebody that;’ nothing like that, nothing, nothing. Deh gaan with wah innocent soul from me, because that is the only help I have in my life because his older brother is sick too and his sister is in the States Only we deh yah.”

 

Police say they must make something of the fact that Staine and his vehicle were separated and whether he was targeted or his murder was random.

 

Superintendent Daniel Arzu

“Evidently, the car that he was driving certainly was at a different location than where he was, so that would tell us many things, but until we can confirm that it is then we would be in a position to say exactly what happened.”

 

Reporter

“Is there any information that would say Mr. Staine was maybe a target or targeted or if this was just a random attack.”

 

Superintendent Daniel Arzu

“Like I said, we are still investigating and that information we may or may not have but at the end of the say we will try to establish the motive and we will be in a position to say exactly what happened, happened subsequently.”

 

Aaron Humes reporting for News Five.

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