The body of a melon vendor was found by a Prison Officer on Sunday morning, lying on the side of the road in Manzanilla.

The man has been identified as Mickey Rambally (alias Ras), a 56-year-old melon vendor of Kernaham Trace, Manzanilla.

When found, Rambally was lying face-up and his body bore several chop wounds.  A shirt covered in blood was tied around the upper part of his left arm, and he was clad in a pair of dark blue boxer briefs.

Police reports are that at about 5 am on Sunday, a  Prison Officer (of Guppy Hill Trace, Union Village, Rio Claro) was driving his vehicle north along Manzanilla Road, when he observed a dark object lying motionless on the eastern side of the road. The object appeared to be that of a human being.

The Prison Officer made a report to the Mayaro Police Station and Corporal Arjoon, PCs Ramkissoon, Nanko , Humprey of Mayaro police responded.

The officers were later joined by crime scene officers of Eastern ERP CSI, along with Sgt  Ramsahai and PC Bedaisee of Arouca Homicide Bureau, Region Two.

The body was found roughly 55 feet away from where the deceased occupied a small wooden structure. Police found the front door broken down and covered with blood stains.  Further checks revealed that the inside of the wooden structure as well as a mattress and some clothing were covered in blood.

A blood-stained cutlass also was found on the scene and seized by police.

Police believe that Rambally was attacked by his killer while he was asleep, but managed to put up a fight. Investigators say he probably ran out of the structure in an attempt to seek help, using his shirt to tie the wound on his hand, but collapsed at the side of the roadway and died. 

District Medical Officer Dr Jones visited the scene, viewed the body and ordered its removal to the Sangre Grande Hospital mortuary, from where it will be taken to the Forensic Science Centre, St James for a post-mortem.

PC Bedaisee of Arouca Homicide Bureau Region Two is continuing investigations.