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The results of a DNA sample taken from Joel
"Ninja" Fraser, one of the 12 men accused of mur-
dering businesswoman Vindra Naipaul-Coolman,
has reportedly eliminated him from being present
at the alleged crime scene at the infamous red-
brick house in Diego Martin.
This was revealed yesterday by Fraser s attorney
Ulric Skerritt, as he cross-examined Cpl Greer Brit-
ton-Lawrence about the DNA sample provided to
police on May 13, 2007. Referred to as the Black
Album, the red brick house was where Naipaul-Cool-
man was reportedly taken after being kidnapped.
The State s 48th witness, Britton-Lawrence yes-
terday testified she had not been informed about the
results of the DNA sample taken from Fraser.
On Tuesday, she confirmed that buccal (cheek)
DNA samples were taken from five people, including
Fraser, who consented to the procedure after being
Lawyer: DNA showed
accused wasn't there
told it might incriminate them, as the blood
analysis could be used to place them at the
scene of a crime. The other men who pro-
vided DNA samples were Antonio "Hedges"
Charles, Ronald "22" Armstrong, Earl
"Bobo" Trimmingham and Marlon "Mad
Man Marlon" Trimmingham.
Two other accused---Shervon "Buffy"
Peters and Keida Garcia---both refused to
provide a DNA sample.
During his cross-examination, Skerritt
sought to ascertain the extent of Britton-
Lawrence s training in obtaining and securing
Saying she had completed a six-week
training course with the Special Anti-Crime
Unit (Sautt) but had never worked with the
specialist unit, Britton-Lawrence said the
samples taken from the five men had been
handed over to Sautt personnel.
Asked why she had done that, Britton-
Lawrence said she had been instructed by
her superintendent at the time and had later
handed over the samples to SRP Sgt Ian
During his cross-examination, defence
attorney Selwyn Mohammed questioned
Britton-Lawrence about whether she had
ensured the refrigerator where the samples
were put for safekeeping on May 13 had
been working properly and if the temperature
was adequate to prevent the samples from
She replied no to both questions.
Defence attorney Mario Merritt, who
brought along a whiteboard yesterday to
aid in his cross-examination of Britton-
Lawrence, was able to confirm she had not
signed a register or station diary when the
samples were retrieved on May 14 and hand-
ed to Sgt Parrie.
On Tuesday, the court heard from Brit-
ton-Lawrence she had followed proper pro-
cedure by donning full Personal Protective
Equipment (PPE) which included a mask,
gown, gloves and show cover, during her
interaction with the men.
She said that had been done to "avoid
contamination of the sample."
She said the PPE was changed before her
interaction with each man so as to ensure
the samples were not compromised and to
Merritt on Tuesday challenged Britton-
Lawrence s earlier testimony, saying the
possibility existed that DNA found at crime
scenes did not necessarily mean the indi-
viduals were present during a crime and
could be transferred from a number of dif-
Britton-Lawrence yesterday denied she
had been wearing denim jeans, a red top
and sneakers as suggested by Mohammed,
which he claimed was the information given
to him by his client, Marlon Trimmingham.
The matter will resume at 9 am today
before Justice Malcolm Holdip in the Port-
of-Spain Assizes, with defence attorney
Wayne Sturge expected to cross-examine
About the case
Naipaul-Coolman, 52, was
kidnapped on December 19, 2006 from
outside her Lange Park, Chaguanas,
Although a ransom demand was
made for her safe release and some of
it was paid she was not freed nor has
her body been found.
Shervon "Buffy" Peters; Keida
Garcia; Marlon "Mad Man Marlon"
Trimmingham; Earl "Bobo"
Trimmingham; Ronald "22" Armstrong;
Antonio "Hedges" Charles; Joel "Ninja"
Fraser; Lyndon "Iron" James; Allan
"Scanny" Martins; Devon "Blackboy"
Peters; Anthony Dwayne Gloster, also
called Anthony Peters; and Jamile
"WASA" Garcia. Raphael Williams, died
in prison in 2011.
Leading the prosecution's case are
Israel Khan, SC, Gilbert Peterson, SC
and Senior State Attorney Joy
Defence team: Mario Merritt,
Selwyn Mohammed, Colin Selvon, Ian
Brooks, Ulric Skerritt, Wayne Sturge,
Richard Valere, Joseph Pantor and
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