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for SEPTEMBER 17TH, 2014
Prosecutors in the Vindra
Naipaul-Coolman trial made up
for lost time yesterday with two
witnesses testifying in quick suc-
cession during the first hearing of
the case since the start of the
2014/2015 law term.
Retired deputy commissioner of
police Mervyn Richardson was the
first witness called when the trial
resumed before Justice Malcolm
Holdip in the Port-of-Spain Second
Criminal Court, after a month-long
Richardson told the 12-member
jury and five alternates his main
involvement in the case was when
he supervised a police exercise at
La Puerta Avenue, Diego Martin, on
May 9, 2007.
The exercise was one of three
which took place months after
Naipaul-Coolman was abducted in
front of her Chaguanas home in
Richardson was the senior police
officer in the now defunct Special
Anti-Crime Unit of T&T (Sautt)
which helped the police gather and
process crime-scene evidence found
during the raids.
Richardson explained that while
supervising the raid he instructed
his officers to arrest one of the 12
accused men, Marlon Trimingham,
after he was seen walking near a
red-brick house in the area, which
police believed was used in Naipaul-
Coolman s kidnapping and eventual
Richardson could not reveal any-
thing further about Trimingham s
involvement in the case as he said
his participation ended when Trim-
ingham was handed over to the lead
While being cross-examined
Richardson was quizzed on the role
of Sautt in Naipaul-Coolman s
investigation, including the process-
ing of multiple crime scenes referred
to.Asked whether Sautt investigators
had visited a location in D Abadie
where a $122,000 ransom payment
was made hours after her abduction,
Richardson said he could not recall.
However, he said, if it was done,
he would have been provided with
a report on it.
Richardson was also questioned
on a pooltable found in the red-
brick house, on which prosecutors
claimed Naipaul-Coolman was killed
and dismembered after being held
captive for over a week.
"We want to know where is the
pooltable. We want to see it and
examine it," defence attorney Joseph
"As you know Sautt has been dis-
banded and all evidence has been
handed over to the Police Service
so it should be somewhere," Richard-
son said as he promised to ask acting
Police Commissioner Stephen
Williams to investigate the issue.
Richardson was followed by
another senior homicide detective,
Supt Jayson Forde, who told the
court of his interrogation of two of
the accused men.
Forde said after the first raid in
early January 2007, he was asked to
question Devon Peters.
A transcript of the interview, dur-
ing which Peters repeatedly denied
involvement in Naipaul-Coolman s
kidnapping and attempted to provide
an alibi, was read in court.
"The only thing I know about the
kidnapping is what I read in the
newspapers. If I know anything I
would have tell allyuh because I
don t be in that stupidness," Peters
told Forde in the interview.
Before Forde could complete his
evidence, the hearing was cut short
by a legal objection.
The trial resumes this morning.
The late Assistant
Commissioner of Police
Winston Cooper was a
man who obeyed the
laws of the land and
passed on the impor-
tance of that to all who
ever crossed his life,
including his children.
Speaking with the T&T
Cooper s son, Kerry, said
he remembered his dad
most for the values that
he instilled in them while
they were growing up.
"He was the one who
obeyed all the rules and
laws. He taught his three
children to do the same
and everyone else around
him," he said.
Kerry added that his
father encouraged every-
one to work hard.
"Life is not about
breezing, he would say to
us," he said.
Cooper died in his sleep
on Monday night at his
home at Boodooville Cir-
cular, Sangre Grande. He
His wife of 43 years,
Amelia Montique Cooper,
was too distraught to
Kerry said he visited his
father on Monday night
Retired cop quizzed
on missing pool table
Winston Cooper dies at 66
when they sat together
and looked at a movie.
"He was normal, at
least to my knowledge.
We talked about the proj-
ect he was overseeing for
plans for the next day
which was the Tuesday.
I left for my home and
that was the last time I
spoke to him and he
seemed okay. I left him
watching a movie," he
Secretary of the T&T
Police Service Social and
Michael Seales said for-
mer colleagues ware also
saddened by Cooper s
passing. Seales remem-
bered Cooper as a mentor.
He said: "He was
responsible for the asso-
ciation s president Anand
Ramesar joining the Police
"We have lost a father
figure, not only to the
association but to several
other policemen. He was
an advocate for commu-
nity policing, because it
came out of his natural
desire to teach, love and
Cooper s funeral will
take place on Saturday at
the St James The Just
Anglican Church, Sangre
Grande, then to the Bel-
Cooper, who joined the Police Service in 1969, was last
assigned to the Police Administration Building.
In 1991, he headed the first police Public Affairs Unit
and established the first Silver Star Quarterly paper in
He piloted community policing at a national level. He
also developed approximately 43 youth clubs, saw to the
establishment of 40 neighbourhood watch groups and
produced the first school intervention programme, in
which community police officers were assigned to schools
throughout the country.
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