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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, December 30, 2014
A magistrate yesterday rejected a request
that a Williamsville man, accused of
attempting to murder his wife and three
daughters and setting fire to their home be
sent to St Anns Hospital, because he hears
his dead mother speaking to him.
Concerned that accused Winford Blackie,
60, could abscond because of the lack of
security at the hospital, Deputy Chief Mag-
istrate Mark Wellington instead remanded
him into custody at the prison.
Blackie appeared before Wellington in the
San Fernando First Court on nine charges
arising out of the December 21 incident at
the women s Riversdale Road, Williamsville
Blackie is accused of chopping his wife
Bernadette Outram, 60, and daughters
Nadisha Blackie, 25, Natalie Blackie, 29 and
Nadine Blackie, 26.
He was charged with attempting to murder
each of the women, maliciously throwing a
noxious substance namely gasoline on each
of them with intent to do them grievous bodily
harm and maliciously setting fire to a dwelling
The charges were laid by PC Neckcheddy
of the Gasparillo Police Station.
Instead of asking for bail, Blackie s attorney,
Annalee Girwar, asked that her client be sent
to St Anns Hospital for a psychiatric report.
"He hears his mother speaking to him and
the instructions from his family is that his
mother passed sometime ago."
Prosecutor Cleyon Seedan said three of the
victims were still warded at the San Fernando
General Hospital and Outram was in a critical
condition. If Blackie were to be remanded to
St Anns Hospital, Seedan asked that the nec-
essary arrangements be put in place to ensure
that he did not abscond and cause further
harm to the victims.
He said Natalie and Nadine were warded
in a stable condition.
Girwar said Blackie had no pending matters
in court, but this could not be verified by the
prosecutor because the police computerised
fingerprint trace machine was not working.
Girwar argued that she would be unable
to take proper instructions from Blackie and
an accused s right for medical treatment can-
not be denied.
However, the magistrate countered that
the accused s medical status does not arise
at this stage.
"The problem with St Ann s is that people
walk out when they want to."
Suggesting that the police make the nec-
essary security arrangements, Girwar argued,
"Azmon Alexander (who was dubbed the
country s most wanted man) was kept in St
Anns and he did not run away."
The magistrate replied, "He probably felt
The magistrate said he may consider send-
ing Blackie to St Ann s on the next occasion,
but he had to get an update on Outram s
Blackie was remanded into custody until
Twenty-nine-year-old Kasey Bruce of
Lambeau, Tobago, appeared in the Scarbor-
ough Magistrate s Court, before Magistrate
Cherylanne Antoine on Monday morning
charged with the murder of 64 year THAWE
Credit Union Courier Sylvert Edwards.
Edwards was also laid to rest yesterday.
Bruce was not called upon to plead since
the charge was laid indictably.
The court heard that on December 17th
2014, Edwards was shot and killed on the
compound of the Division of Infrastructure
and Public Utilities in Shaw Park.
Bruce was represented by Attorneys Keith
Scotland and Asa Archie.
In addressing the court, Attorney Scotland
informed Magistrate Antoine that his client
had been in custody since December 18th and
was only charged on December 27th. He also
noted that his client was finger printed on
Monday morning shortly before he came to
court. Attorney Scotland added that his client
was a virtual complainant in a matter currently
in the High Court involving four police officers
who were on suspension.
Scotland made four applications to the
• Disclosure of all antecedents
• Disclosure of all interview notes taken from
the accused and witnesses;
• That disclosures be made if any police officer
who was involved in the matter where his
client is a virtual complainant was also involved
in the current murder investigation; and
• If the state would be going the route of
Prosecutor Marvin Campbell noted that no
police officer was involved in both matters
since the police officers have been on sus-
pension for 11 years.
He also noted that an expedited file was
sent to the office of the Director of Public
Prosecutions so that a state prosecutor can
Acting Corporal Mc Donald of the Tobago
Homicide Bureau laid the charge.
The matter was adjourned to January 20th,
Almost a year after he escaped
from the Mayaro Magistrate s
Court, Azmon Alexander re-
appeared in the court yesterday
handcuffed and heavily guarded by
Alexander, 29, was captured in
November by the Northern Division
Task Force at Lennox Yearwood
Boulevard, Malabar after an extensive
manhunt for him in connection with
the murder and kidnapping of a Bras-
so Seco family.
Arising out of that incident,
Alexander was charged with over 30
offences, including the murders of
Felix Martinez, 52; Irma Rampersad,
49; and Shania Amoroso, 18 months
When he appeared before Mayaro
Senior Magistrate Rajendra Ram-
bachan, however, the charge of
escaping legal custody from the
Mayaro Court on January 31 was read
Alexander has over 30 pending
matters for kidnapping and robbery
in that court.
Asked by the magistrate if he had
an attorney, Alexander said he did
not but intends to retain one.
He was then remanded into cus-
tody and the matter adjourned to
January 26. (SW)
Williamsville man denied
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