Fifty-two elderly people aged 60 years and over have been murdered in Trinidad and Tobago between the start of 2018 and now, with the first nine months of 2019 accounting for 32 of them.
This startling disclosure was made to Guardian Media by the T&T Police Service (TTPS) on Tuesday.
Of the 32 cases this year, six people were arrested and charged, one of which was a family member of one of the victims.
In 2018, 20 murders were reported, seven of which were detected with ten people arrested and charged, one of whom was a family member.
An article published in the Sunday Guardian on September 8, revealed that between 2016 and September 8, eight per cent of the victims of serious crimes in this country have been senior citizens.
In that article, Janelle Sebastian-Reyes, an officer at the Victim Witness and Support Unit (VWSU) officer expressed concern about how vulnerable the country’s rapidly growing elderly population are to criminals “Eight per cent is too high!”
Sebastian-Reyes, who spoke at a special session held on the occasion of World Alzheimer’s Day which was held on September 21, said the data shows that the elderly have been victims of assault by beatings, threats and breach of protection orders, murders, rape and other sexual offences, burglaries and break-ins, fraud offences and larceny.
For the same period of 2016- 2019, Sebastian-Reyes said, some 229 older people were reported missing and 53 of them have not yet been found.
Statistics from the International Women’s Resource Network (IWRN) revealed that between January 1, 2018, to September 30, 2019, more than 75 senior citizens have either gone missing or killed in the most gruesome manner with at least 90 per cent of those incidents being committed by people known to them.