Murder In Paradise


Hubertus and Birgid Keil. (Trinidad Express image)
Hubertus and Birgid Keil in an undated photo. (Trinidad Express image)

By NAN Staff Writer

News Americas, SCARBOROUGH, Tobago, Monday, November 24, 2014: A Jamaican, a Guyanese and two Trinidadians may be responsible for the murder of an elderly German couple were found this weekend murdered in the tranquil Caribbean island of Tobago.

Trinidad police yesterday continued investigating the murder of Hubertus and Birgid Keil, who kept a vacation home at 48 Bacolet Crescent in Tobago and whose bodies were found chopped to death Saturday by a passerby at a secluded area on Bacolet Beach.

Police say the four, including the Jamaican, who goes by the alias “Gunta,” have been robbing and breaking and entering into homes in Tobago and may be responsible for the murder of the German tourists.

The Keils’ had reportedly arrived on the island on October 25th and were expected to stay until March 2015, Trinidad Newsday reported. The couple was last seen alive on Friday night and apparently took frequent walks on the nearby beach.

A passer-by reportedly found the body of Mrs. Keil, 71, at 8.11 am Saturday and called police. Homicide officers and Crime Scene investigators later found the body of Mr. Keil, 74 nearby.

Both bodies bore marks of violence and had chop wounds about the neck, Newsday reported. An autopsy is to be performed to determine the cause of death.

Police in Trinidad & Tobago are now trying to ascertain if the couple was killed elsewhere and the bodies dumped on the beach or if they were robbed and left there. The couple’s home was untouched and police are still trying to figure out a motive for the horrific murder.

Anyone with  information is now being asked to come forward.

The Keils’ murder is a reminder of the 2009 chopping attack of British couple Peter and Murium Green in August 2009. The Greens’ home at 34 Bacolet Crescent was only a few houses away from the Keils’ house.

The German government like many others around the world warns its nationals travelling to Trinidad to exercise caution.

Trinidad & Tobago’s murder rate is past 300 for this year and includes the unsolved murder of senior counsel and Independent Senator, Dana Seetahal, who was murdered in May. The killings put Tobago’s murder toll at seven for  the year so far.