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Emotions ran high yesterday
when Krishna Rampersad and his
ex-wife were freed after spending
three years in custody awaiting
trial for the 2002 murders of his
multi-millionaire uncle Mahase
Rampersad and his wife.
There were hugs after Ramper-
sad, the nephew of Mahase, and
Hilda Donna Bullock were dis-
charged by Deputy Chief Magistrate
Mark Wellington who upheld no-
case submissions by defence attor-
neys Subhas Panday and El Farouk
In an immediate response, Bul-
lock began crying while Rampersad
broke out in a broad smile as they
sat on the prisoners bench in the
San Fernando First Magistrates
Court. "Thank you, sir," declared
Bullock s father, Anthony, as he
stood up in the public gallery.
Noting that "it has been a long
journey," Wellington said despite
the extensive research done by State
attorneys and the amount of evi-
dence led he found there was insuf-
ficient evidence for the accused to
be committed to stand trial.
"I think on the evidence pre-
sented it is not enough to call upon
the accused to answer the charge,"
the magistrate said.
A source, however, said the
Director of Public Prosecutions
would be reviewing the file to deter-
mine if to seek a judge s warrant.
Rampersad, 38, of Woodland,
and Bullock, 30, of Rambert Village,
La Romaine, who have a child
together, were arrested and charged
in February 2012 with the double
The charge laid by Cpl Terry
Tambie alleged that on a day
unknown between August 3 and 8,
2002, at La Fortune, Woodland,
they murdered Mahase, 64, and
The preliminary inquiry against
the couple proceeded by way of
paper committal in 2013 with State
attorneys Trevor Jones and Chantal
Hospedales tendering witness state-
ments and other documents into
When the State closed its case
in May 2014, the defence attorneys
made written no-case submissions
while the State submitted its written
Emphasising a few points made
in her submissions yesterday,
Hospedales said the State s case
was based on mainly circumstantial
evidence and agreed that there were
certain inconsistencies in the state-
ments of three witnesses in relation
Hosein had argued that the pros-
ecution must lead clear, potent and
Arguing that circumstantial evi-
dence must alway be narrowly
examined, Panday said, "I humbly
submit to this court that there is
no evidence whatsoever to support
the charge of murder against
accused number two (Bullock).
Relatives began hugging Bullock
as she walked out of the courtroom.
Bullock and Rampersad also
embraced each other as he walked
out of the cellblock downstairs the
She also hugged and shook the
hands of police officers of the Court
and Process Branch.
Nephew, ex-wife freed
Krishna Rampersad and his ex-wife Hilda Donna Bullock hug each other
outside the San Fernando Magistrates Court minutes after they were freed
yesterday. PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
13 years after killing of M Rampersad founders
The only thing on Bullock's mind as
she left the court building yesterday
was her desire to go home and hug
her son whom she has not seen since
her arrest in 2012.
Her son is now nine years old.
As tears streamed down her
cheeks, Bullock said, "I cannot describe
how I feel. I am going straight home
to my son. The last time I saw my son
was three years ago when I was
Describing Panday as "the best
attorney," she thanked him for helping
her gain her freedom and her family
for never giving up on her.
Both Bullock and Rampersad
described the time spent in jail as
"It wasn't nice. It was hard,
To her former inmates in the prison,
she asked them to stay out of trouble.
Bullock's father said he felt relieved
that his daughter, the younger of his
two children, was free.
"People say that money would talk.
The magistrate hard," said the father,
who added he was happy that justice
"The truth does always prevail,"
said Rampersad as he walked out of
the cellblock. He said he had no idea
what he would be doing now, but he
too could not wait to see his son. He
said he witnessed a lot of injustice
meted out to prisoners in the prison.
"There is a lot of injustice for a lot of
people in there, not only me."
About the murders, he said, "I had
absolutely nothing to do with it and it
was proven today."
Mukesh Rampersad, the son of
the murdered couple, and his wife,
Savitri, declined to comment on the
matter when contacted at their
business place at Maska Ltd, La
ACCUSED: JAIL DIFFICULT
Mahase Rampersad and his wife,
founders/owners of M Rampersad
Auto Supplies Ltd, were abducted in
front of their Palmiste, San
Fernando, home soon after they left
the home of their daughter Geeta
Ramjattan, who was celebrating her
The police carried out an extensive
search for the couple and three days
later the Rampersads' decomposing
bodies were found at Woodland, La
Romaine. The post mortem reports
stated that the couple were shot in
the back of their heads and their
skulls were crushed.
A high-powered firearm and several rounds of
ammunition were seized by members of the Inter-
Agency Task Force Strike Team in Laventille, Port-
of-Spain, on Monday.
A report said around 3 pm, the police received
information and went to Lovell Place where they
conducted a search. They found a Kel-tec sub 2000
40-calibre rifle and several rounds of 5.56 ammunition
in an abandoned area.
Police said yesterday that the rifle was very sophis-
ticated and could be bent in half to be concealed.
The exercise was spearheaded by Sr Supt Wayne
Boyd and led by Sgt Andy Williams.
PCs Vidora Marajh, Brian Phillips, Matthew Billingy,
Hakeem Bullen, Farrell Garcia and Tyrone Jack also
took part in the exercise.
No suspects were held by the police.
Investigations are continuing. ---Camille Clarke
In an interview yesterday, TT Police Service public
relations officer, ASP Joanne Archie, said up to late
yesterday 12 guns and 58 rounds of ammunition had
been seized by the police for the year.
A seven-year-old girl had to receive
25 stitches to her head on Monday
after being mauled by an abandoned
dog at her home in Carlsen Field.
Kesha Cooper, a Standard One pupil,
was playing in the yard of her home
when the dog, a brown and white Rot-
tweiler and German Shepherd mixed
breed, attacked her. The T&T Guardian
visited the home yesterday and spoke
with the child s mother, Allison Cooper,
who said the animal was abandoned
near their home and attacked Kesha
"She went out in the yard to meet
her brothers and the dog saw her and
started growling. Her older brother
put it out into the road and locked the
gate. Somehow the dog managed to
come back into the yard and jumped
on her, biting her multiple times on
The distraught mother recounted
the horror she felt when she saw her
daughter covered in blood and scream-
"My nephew called out to me and
I ran outside. When I saw her I started
screaming as well; blood was dripping
from her face and head, her clothes
was covered in it."
Cooper said she tried to clean the
blood off Kesha, but was even more
horrified when she saw the extent of
"Her skull was showing through the
cut. When I saw it, I told my husband
we have to take her to the hospital
Kesha was taken to the Chaguanas
Health Facility, then transferred by
ambulance to the Wendy Fitzwilliam
Paediatric Hospital where she was
treated and later discharged.
Cooper said her daughter, who used
to love dogs, was very confused by the
"She loved dogs, she asked me
Mommy why the dog bite me up like
this? It had her like a ragdoll, just
flinging her small body back and forth."
She is calling on members of the
public to more seriously consider the
consequences of their actions.
"She could have died, in her own
yard, where she is supposed to be safe.
All because someone knowingly aban-
doned a bad dog in the area. That
dog was trained, it didn t bite her any-
where but her head and face."
She is also appealing to the Chagua-
nas Borough Corporation to remove
the scores of abandoned dogs and rub-
bish in the area.
"There are always dogs thrown like
garbage in this area and we don t see
any dog catchers. People dump couch-
es, fridges, stoves, anything and every-
thing here (Carlsen Field) and it all
goes unchecked. We would like the
corporation to come in and remove
these dogs and check on the illegal
dumping in the area."
Abandoned dog mauls girl, 7
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