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Three St James men pleaded not guilty yesterday
on charges of armed robbery and attempted rape.
The trio---Leekemus Murphy, 20, of Isaac Terrace,
Bournes Road; Jessie Walters, 19, of Bombay Street
and Solomon Harridan, 19, of Brunton Road---were
charged by PC Nicholas Nurse of the Western Division
They appeared before Port-of-Spain magistrate
They are charged with robbing a St James couple
of $30,310 in cash and jewelry last Saturday.
They are also charged with demanding $2,500 with
intent to steal, possession of a gun and a knife and
while in possession of the gun and knife robbery of
the couple, using violence.
Harridan has an additional charge of possession
of an imitation gun, marijuana and assaulting PC
Murphy also is charged separately with attempting
to rape the woman and possession of a Smith and
Wesson pistol and ten rounds of ammunition. They
are scheduled to reappear before a Port-of-Spain
magistrate tomorrow for bail because their criminal
records were unavailable yesterday.
The men were arrested on Saturday after police
responded to a report in the area. (Jensen La Vende)
Barataria man gunned down
Homicide officers have classified the latest
murder in the Barataria district as gang-related.
According to police around 10.30 am yesterday
residents of Upper Sunshine Avenue, Malick, report-
ed hearing gunshots in an area commonly called
"Leasehold" and contacted the police.
North Eastern Division Task Force led by Sgt
Cornelius Samuel and members of the San Juan
CID responded and found Ryan Applewhite, 32,
dead behind his home.
Police said Applewhite was a known drug offender
and had outstanding warrants for failing to appear
His killing pushed the toll to 63 for the year
while the comparative toll last year was 88.
Prosecutors in the Vindra Naipaul-
Coolman murder trial have abruptly
stopped the testimony of its main
witness and have embarked on a
route to have his statement admit-
Lead prosecutor Israel Khan, SC,
decided on the move yesterday after
he failed in a second attempt to con-
vince Keon Gloster to shift from his
unwillingness to testify when the trial
resumed on Monday.
"I never give the police a statement.
I swear to God I never sign them
things," Gloster told the 12-member
jury in response to Khan s questions
on the statement on Monday.
Khan yesterday shifted his strategy
and opted to recall the police officer,
who interviewed Gloster in 2007, to
certify his witness statements.
Insp Suzette Martin, who testified
late last year, reiterated her previous
evidence as she stated that she inter-
viewed Gloster several times over a
two-month period that year.
As she sought to dispel his claims
that he did not sign the written state-
ment or provide the information con-
tained in it, Martin pointed to several
corrections she made while writing
it, which she said were initialled by
Khan is also expected call Justice
of Peace Anthony Soulette, who was
asked to be present during the inter-
view to seek Gloster s interest as he
(Gloster) was a minor at the time.
Naipaul-Coolman, the former chief
executive of her family s supermarket
chain Xtra Foods, was abducted from
her home at Lange Park, Chaguanas,
on December 19, 2006. A $122,000
ransom was paid by her family but
she was not released and her body
has never been found by police.
Prosecutors are contending that
she was held captive in a house in
Upper La Puerta, Diego Martin,
shared by three of the accused and
frequented by the rest, before she was
eventually killed, dismembered and
her body disposed of.
The trial resumes before Justice Mal-
colm Holdip, continues this morning.
After main witness recants testimony...
State changes strategy
The 12 men before the jury and Jus-
tice Malcolm Holdip are Allan
"Scanny" Martin, twin brothers Sher-
von and Devon Peters and their older
brother Anthony Dwayne Gloster,
siblings Keida and Jamille Garcia,
brothers Marlon and Earl Trimming-
ham, Ronald Armstrong, Antonio
Charles, Joel Fraser and Lyndon
James. A 13th man, Raphael
Williams, was charged with the crime
but died in prison in 2011.
WHO'S IN COURT
No bail for 3 on robbery,
attempted rape charges
PHOTOS: MARCUS GONZALES
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