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Spent shells recovered on the scene
of businesswoman Vindra Naipaul-
Coolman s kidnapping were matched
to an illegal gun allegedly recovered
at the home of one of the 12 accused
men on trial for the crime.
The result of the ballistic testing was
one of several findings on forensic evi-
dence recovered by police which were
read to the 12-member jury and five
alternates in Naipaul-Coolman s high-
profile trial in the Port-of-Spain High
The evidence came from the log
books of British crime scene investi-
gation consultant Ronald Mears, who
assisted in the case while working with
the Special Anti-Crime Unit of T&T
(Sautt) in 2007.
The log books have been used by
prosecutors in lieu of oral testimony in
court as Mears is one of five foreign
witnesses who are unable to come to
Trinidad to testify at the trial.
Besides performing the ballistic test-
ing, Mears was also assigned the
responsibility of examining and testing
a pool table which was recovered by
police in a house in Upper La Puerta,
Diego Martin, where prosecutors con-
tend the businesswoman was held cap-
tive before being killed.
While his evidence on the gun, which
was reportedly recovered during a raid
Lange Park bullet shells
fit gun found in Diego
on the accused men s homes weeks after the former
Xtra Foods chief executive was abducted, bolstered
the State s case against the accused men, Mears
work on the pool table was in direct contradiction.
Although prosecutors have repeatedly contended
that the businesswoman was shot and dismembered
on the pool table, Mears stated that he found nothing
of evidential value when he dismantled and tested
over 100 areas of the table for blood and tissue sam-
Mears records also revealed that during the initial
raid on the property negative tests were also performed
on the walls of the red brick house, shared by three
of the accused men, as well as on clothing recovered
from the accused men.
He also said he tested burnt clothing found in a
bushy area at the back of the house but noted that
he could find no forensic link to the case.
Because of Mears absence, defence attorneys could
not challenge his findings through cross-examination.
Naipaul-Coolman was kidnapped in front of
her home at Radix Road, Lange Park, Chaguanas,
on December 19, 2006. She was shot as she resisted
A $122,000 ransom was paid by her family but
she was not released and her body has never been
found. Prosecutors are relying on the illegal gun, cir-
cumstantial evidence recovered in the accused men s
homes in addition to the evidence of the State s main
witness Keon Gloster, who was allegedly present at
the time of the murder.
However, when Gloster took the witness stand
two months ago he repeatedly claimed he was coerced
by police into signing a series of sworn statements
which implicated the accused men, most of whom
are his relatives.
The trial will resume tomorrow before Justice Mal-
colm Holdip when prosecutors are expected to read
the logs of another British consultant who assisted
Mears in his work in the case.
WHO'S IN COURT
The 12 men before the jury and Justice
Malcolm Holdip are Allan "Scanny" Martin,
twin brothers Shervon and Devon Peters
and their older brother Anthony Dwayne
Gloster, siblings Keida and Jamille Garcia,
brothers Marlon and Earl Trimmingham,
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 of
complications from sickle-cell anaemia.
The son of retired brigadier and former head
of the now defunct Special Anti-Crime Unit of
Trinidad and Tobago (Sautt), Peter Joseph, was
granted $45,000 bail yesterday after pleading not
guilty to three traffic violations.
Kyle Joseph, 35, of Four Roads, Diego Martin,
appeared before magistrate Rehanna Ali charged
with dangerous driving, driving without a permit
and failing to submit to a breathalyser test.
Joseph who was represented by attorney Fulton
Wilson was charged by PC Duntin of the Western
Division Task Force on Saturday.
According to police, around 5.30 am Duntin and
other officers were on mobile patrol on Wendy
Fitzwilliam Boulevard, Diego Martin, when they
saw a black Nissan Navara, heading west, swerving.
The officers claimed they chased the car for several
metres until it stopped near the West End Police
Joseph will re-appear in court on September 8.
Three charges for
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