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Pace quickens as
three more testify
Prosecutors in the Vindra Naipaul-Cool-
man murder trial led the evidence of three
witnesses in quick succession during a four-
hour hearing yesterday.
Faced by lengthy and sometimes long-
winded cross-examination in the past, pros-
ecutors managed to improve their pace by
presenting their case, as several defence
attorneys opted not to challenge the non-
contentious evidence given by the witnesses
for the prosecution.
Since the trial began before Justice Malcolm
Holdip and the 12-member jury in the Port-
of-Spain Second Criminal Court in late
March 42 of the State s 76 witnesses have
Two more witnesses, both senior homicide
detectives, who helped investigate the Xtra
Foods CEO kidnapping and eventual murder,
are expected to take the witness stand when
the trial resumes today.
During yesterday s hearing, Assistant Com-
missioner of Police Donald Denoon continued
his evidence over an interview he had with
one of the accused men, Devon Peters, in
While notes taken during the interview
are yet to be read in court, Denoon revealed
that Peters and his father Anthony Gloster,
who was present during the interrogation
session, both refused to sign the document.
After brief cross-examination from a hand-
ful of the defence attorneys representing the
12 men on trial, Denoon was relieved, as
prosecutors moved on to their next witness
Cpl Sean Ammon.
Ammon s testimony revolved around his
participation in the arrest of one of the
accused men, Allan "Scanny" Martin, on
May 16, 2007, several days after most of the
other accused men were arrested at their
homes at Upper La Puerta, Diego Martin,
for a second time that year.
Ammon said he was driving in Port-of-
Spain when he received instructions to go
to the Caribbean New Media Group on Mar-
aval Road to arrest Martin.
He explained that when he arrived, Martin
surrendered to him in front of his lawyer
Larry Williams. Martin was then handed
over to homicide detectives, who had been
searching for him for several days.
The last witness to give evidence was PC
Elvin Mings, who took notes during inter-
views with two of the accused men on Jan-
uary 6, 2007 and July 21, 2009.
In the first interview Mings and his col-
leagues were questioning Antonio Charles,
who was arrested at the home of his neigh-
bour and current co-accused, in an initial
raid of the hillside area in west Trinidad.
The raid, in which police allegedly found
a gun in the house where Charles was spend-
ing a night, took place weeks after Naipaul-
Coolman was abducted from her home at
Lange Park, Chaguanas, on December 19,
According to Mings notes, Charles was
questioned about his whereabouts between
the night of Naipaul-Coolman disappearance
and the day of the raid.
Charles gave a detailed account of his daily
schedule and only mentioned the kidnapping,
when he said he learned about it through
He also denied being aware of the gun
and said he only decided to spend the night
in the house after heavy rain prevented him
from going home.
Mings explained his next involvement in
the case was when he was asked to record
an interview with Jamille Garcia, almost two
years after most of the accused had been
charged with the crime following another
raid in May 2007.
Garcia, who was charged shortly after the
interview in July 2009, reportedly refused
to answer several of the questions posed by
lead investigator Supt Nadir Khan.
He also refused to give investigators a
blood sample for DNA testing and was told
an involuntary saliva sample would have to
be taken from him.
Before the case was adjourned, Garcia s
lawyer Lennox Sankersingh intervened, telling
Mings and the court that after the interview
his client had changed his mind and provided
the sample to police.
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