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The 20-year-old man
charged with murdering prison
superintendent David Millette
claimed yesterday that he has
received death threats from
Speaking through his lawyer
Criston J Williams after appear-
ing in the Port-of-Spain Eighth
Magistrates Court yesterday
afternoon, Sean "Devil" Coa
claimed that the threats were
sent through his relatives while
he was in police custody over
the past week.
"My instructions are that his
relatives were told that prison
officers were eagerly awaiting
his arrival in prison," Williams
said, as he called upon Chief
Magistrate Marcia Ayers-Caesar
to intervene to ensure his client s
safety while on remand.
Without giving any details of
the alleged threats, Williams said
that his client did not want to
be sent to the Golden Grove
State Prison in Arouca, from
where he believed the threats
In response, police prosecutor
Insp Winston Dillon said that
Coa had nothing to fear as
"Prison Service had measures
in place to ensure the safety of
all persons under their care."
Ayers-Caesar did not appear
convinced by Dillon s assurance
as she made a note of Coa s
complaint and ruled that he
should not be sent to the Arouca
Coa is accused, together with
a group of unknown people, of
murdering Millette on November
2. Millette, who had more than
20 years service, was shot dead
as he was entering his car in
front of his Cipriani Avenue,
Second Caledonia, home. He
was on the first day of his vaca-
Coa, who surrendered to
police a day after Millette s mur-
der, was also charged with being
in possession of an illegal gun
and ammunition and possession
of the illegal items with intent
to endanger life.
A stony-faced Coa stood
silently in the prisoner s enclo-
sure of the court as the charges
Moments before his court
appearance, Coa made an
obscene gesture towards media
personnel as he was being led
into the St Vincent Street court-
Coa, whose hands were
handcuffed in front of him,
extended his middle finger and
maintained the gesture until he
entered the building. None of
Coa s relatives were in court for
the brief hearing.
In addition to the special
security measures, Williams also
requested that prosecutors dis-
close the evidence against his
client as soon as possible to
ensure the speedy start of his
In particular, Williams
requested the results of forensic
tests performed on spent shells
found at the scene of Millette s
"The results may implicate or
exonerate the accused," Williams
said, as he also requested that
investigators disclose whether
an illegal firearm was seized and
would be used as evidence.
Coa will reappear in court on
Charged with killing senior officer
'Devil' seeks protection
from prisons officers Two men, charged with separate assaults on a
two-year-old girl and a 36-year-old woman, after
videos of the incidents went viral on social media,
are closer to coming out of prison.
Dexter Gobin, of Maracas, St Joseph, and Ricardo
Jerome, of Oropune Gardens, Piarco, obtained vari-
ations to their bail yesterday.
Gobin, who is charged with wilfully assaulting
the toddler while attempting to force feed the child
a bottle of milk, applied to High Court Judge Norton
Jack for his $175,000 bail to be reduced to a more
After hearing submissions from Gobin s lawyer,
Fareed Ali, in the Port-of-Spain High Court yesterday,
Jack reduced the bail to $100,000.
However, Jack maintained the conditions of his
bail initially granted on October 26, which stipulated
that he stay away from the victim and her family
and that he should report to police three times
His wife, Yanique Taylor-Gobin, a Jamaican
national, was also charged but was denied bail as
she was found to have overstayed her time in T&T.
She will remain detained at the Immigration Deten-
tion Centre in Aripo until the case is determined.
Last night CNC3 reported that the teen who
video-taped the incident and her mother have been
threatened by a relative of Gobin and were offered
protection at a safe house.
Meanwhile, Jerome, an Arouca bar owner and
labourer with the Customs and Excise Division, who
is accused of assaulting his common-law wife,
Ornella Ruth Marchan, at Nella s Sports bar, in
Arima Old Road, last week, also managed to secure
a variation of his bail.
Jerome, who was granted $60,000 bail on Monday
when he first appeared in court, was unable to access
it because of administrative issues at the Arima
Magistrates Court. He was due to reappear before
Magistrate Debbie-Ann Bassaw yesterday. However,
when the case was called in court, Ali, who is also
representing him, learnt that his client had not been
brought to court by prison authorities.
In his absence, Bassaw agreed to reduce his bail
and allow for a cash deposit of $10,000.
Jerome is charged with causing a public distur-
bance, assault by beating and possession of a weapon.
He surrendered to police last week after a short clip,
allegedly depicting him attacking his common-law
wife with a metal object and then repeatedly kicking
her while she was on the ground, went viral.
Despite both men receiving the variations the
T&T Guardian understands that neither was able
to secure their bail up to late yesterday, effectively
forcing them to spend the weekend on remand.
A total of 53 illegal immigrants were
detained yesterday as a joint task force
swooped down on known hideouts along
the East/West corridor.
According to a release from the T&T
Police Service, the two-hour exercise, which
was held at varying points along the Priority
Bus Route, from the Aranguez Savannah
to Morvant Junction, began at 6 am, and
initially led to the detention of 107 foreign
They included the following nationalities:
39 Jamaicans, 25 Guyanese, 18 Chinese,
five Ghanaians, six Colombians, five Nige-
rians, two Cubans, one Filipino, two
Dominican Republic nationals, one Vin-
centian and five Grenadians. A total of 16
women were among the detainees.
The task force stopped passenger vehicles
travelling along the PBR and foreign nation-
als suspected of being illegal immigrants
were detained after being unable to verify
their immigration status at the time.
The detainees were taken to the Immi-
gration Investigation Department, Port-
of-Spain, where further enquiries were
conducted leading to the release of 54 for-
eign nationals whose status in the country
was verified and found to be legal.
The remaining foreign nationals were
taken to the Immigration Detention Centre,
Aripo, pending further investigations as
preliminary enquiries suggest they are in
the country illegally.
The raid targeting illegal immigrants was
carried out by officers of the Criminal
Investigations Department, Inter-Agency
Task Force, Immigration Investigation
Department, transit police and traffic war-
It was co-ordinated by Snr Supt Mc
Donald Jacob of the Port-of-Spain Criminal
Investigations Department and led by ASP
Mervyn Edwards, assisted by immigration
Bail reduced but
accused remain in jail
53 illegal immigrants held in police raid
Murder accused Sean Coa is escorted to the Port-of-Spain
Magistrates Court yesterday, charged with the murder of prison
superintendent David Millette. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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