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Thursday, May 26, 2016 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
Reeshie Surajbally who was allegedly caught with
two naked and intoxicated girls was refused bail
yesterday for his own protection.
Surajbally, 39, was advised by Princes Town Senior
Magistrate Rajendra Rambachan of his right to apply
to a judge in chambers for bail. The trial is also
expected to start on July
1. Unlike his first appear-
ance last Thursday there
was no crowd jeering and
taunting when he
appeared in court. Court
prosecutor Sgt Roger
Richardson had objected
to bail and he was
remanded into custody for
tracing to determine if he
had a criminal record.
Yesterday, members of
the public, including
reporters, were again ordered out of the First Court
because the matters were held in-camera.
T&T Guardian was told the magistrate upheld one
of the objections made by Richardson at the previous
hearing about Surajbally being kept in prison for his
own safety. The objection was based on Section 2(B)
of the Bail Act.
Surajbally, through his attorney Yohan Pancham,
had expressed fear for his safety in prison given the
widespread publicity the matter had received and
requested he be kept in isolation.
When he reappeared yesterday, however, the mag-
istrate received no complaints about Surajbally's treat-
ment at the prison. The Princes Town father of two
is charged with six offences, including two counts
each of kidnapping, sexual indecency and serving
alcohol to a child.
The charges stemmed from an incident on May
16 at Cedar Hill Estate, Barrackpore, where it is
alleged police found two sisters---aged nine and 14---
in a parked vehicle. Surajbally, who is married, was
not called upon to plead to the charges because they
were indictable offences. His relatives were seen
wiping away tears after he was denied bail.
Sgt Winston Hajarie prosecuted in the matter. The
magistrate set aside July 1 and 4 as trial dates and
adjourned the case to June 22 for mention.
Jurors in the Vindra Naipaul-
Coolman murder trial were yester-
day reminded that three of the ten
men accused of the crime allegedly
confessed to having knowledge of
her kidnapping and death.
During his fourth day of summing
up the case to the jury in the Port-
of-Spain High Court yesterday, High
Court judge Malcolm Holdip told the
12-member jury and two alternates
to pay careful attention to the tran-
script of the police interviews with
Keida Garcia, Earl Trimmingham and
Although the three men implicated
some of their co-accused in their
interviews, the others' names were
removed by Holdip as he advised the
jury that they were only allowed to
draw conclusions about the accused
men who were interviewed as they
were not allowed to implicate their
While Holdip noted that all three
men denied any knowledge of
Naipaul-Coolman's case when they
were first arrested by police weeks
after she was abducted in December
2006, he noted that their responses
changed when confronted by police
several months later.
Referring to Garcia's interview on
May 12, 2007, Holdip noted that Gar-
cia told investigators that one of his
co-accused told him and he and some
of the others had kidnapped Naipaul-
Coolman, held her captive at a shack
in a forested area of their community
in Diego Martin before killing her and
disposing her body.
Questioned about a gun, which
was found in his home which was
eventually linked to spent shells found
on the scene of the businesswoman's
kidnapping, Garcia told investigators
that it was planted by an officer who
searched his room while he was being
Holdip explained that prosecutors
claim that later that night, Trimming-
ham asked to be interviewed by police.
"Today I say I should talk the truth
and not take no murder charge for
them fellas," Trimmingham is alleged
to have told police.
In his interview Trimmingham
reportedly told police that weeks
before Naipaul-Coolman was abduct-
ed, one of his co-accused came to
him and some of the others while
they were liming and offered them a
Trimmingham said he was not con-
tacted again and the next time he saw
the man who made the offer was on
the day the Naipaul-Coolman was
kidnapped. Trimmingham said he
saw two of the co-accused removing
a hooded woman from their vehicle
and lead her into a house they lived
in.Trimmingham reportedly said that
over the next few days he visited the
house several times and saw a
restrained Naipaul-Coolman, who he
recognised from newspaper reports.
He said that when he returned sev-
eral days later he learned that the
businesswoman was dead and wit-
nessed his co-accused dismembering
her body with a power saw.
Trimmingham said that he was
asked to accompany the men to a
forested area in the community where
he assisted in digging a hole used to
bury her body parts.
He said that after he and his co-
accused were first arrested months
earlier and later released, he learned
that some of his co-accused had
returned to the burial site, exhumed
her body and dumped it at sea.
After reading Trimmingham's
interview notes to the jury, Holdip
noted that Trimmingham's attorney
contended that the notes were fab-
ricated by police.
In Armstrong's interview, he also
denied being involved in her murder
but admitted to assisting one of the
accused in burning a bundle of items
used in the kidnapping which were
not recovered by police after the initial
raid on the community on January 6,
Armstrong allegedly admitted that
he found out about his friends'
involvement in the crime from one
who was not arrested during the raid
and was asked by that friend to assist
in disposing of the items which were
hidden under a drain.
Armstrong also claimed to have
seen some of his co-accused counting
large wads of cash days after the kid-
napping. He said he heard that she
had been accidentally shot twice dur-
ing the kidnapping and succumbed
to her wounds while being held cap-
Naipaul-Coolman was kidnapped
from her Chaguanas home on
December 19, 2006. A $122,000 ran-
som was paid by her family but she
was not released and her body has
never been found.
Judge reminds jurors of 3 confessions
of new food plan
bags of goods in
return for money
to buy foodstuff
at the San
KRISTIAN DE SILVA
RADHICA SOOKRAJ-DE SILVA
Days after Venezuelan President and the
T&T Government entered into a trade
arrangement to provide basic food and med-
ical supplies, Venezuelans, who continue
to flock to local shores, said that arrange-
ment would not work.
Venezuelans who entered the country
through King's Wharf, San Fernando, said
yesterday the situation was too deeply
entrenched for this $50 million fund to satisfy
the needs of the 30 million citizens.
Pulling their little dingy boats laden with
crocus bags, dozens of Venezuelans were
seen coming to Trinidad to buy much needed
A source at the Customs and Excise Divi-
sion said there have been about a three per
cent increase in the number of Venezuelans
who came to San Fernando to trade.
"We have an average of 15 passengers com-
ing for the day. They bring crabs and shrimp
which they sell to vendors and they use the
money to buy rice, sugar, oil, toiletries and
baking powder," the source said.
A Venezuelan, who identified himself as
Antonio, said he came to Trinidad every
month to get supplies.
"I cannot carry back much because if I do
the Walia (Guardia Nacionale) would seize
it," Antonio said. He added that security
arrangements have to be put in place to pre-
vent other Venezuelans from seizing their
Asked to describe the conditions in his
hometown of Boca de Guerra, Antonio said:
"People have to wait three or four days
to get basic goods. If you don't get it, you
have to wait for the next week. People have
money but it has no value. It is easier to get
in your boat and come to Trinidad to get a
few things," Antonio said.
Another Venezuelan who has family in
Trinidad said thousands of people were starv-
ing to death.
"You know how many children die in the
hospitals every day? All we have is three
types of medicine. We have nothing to give
to people with diabetes," he said.
He added that in Trinidad people could
buy a wide range of milk for their babies but
in Venezuela you could not even get one pack
of milk. Asked whether he was in support
of the new agreement signed by Venezuelan
President Nicolas Maduro and Prime Minister
Dr Keith Rowley for $50 million worth of
food to be sent to Venezuela, he said that
was not enough.
"Venezuela is owing a lot of money. We
have a lot of gold and diamonds and they
are cutting the power so they can extract
the gold. The government doesn't care what
is happening to the people. All they care
about is socialism," the source said.
He explained that former President Hugo
Chavez won the hearts of the poor people
because he brought in Cuban doctors and
posted them in the interior of Venezuela to
help the poor.
He also said there was no free media in
Venezuela and anyone who opposed the
ruling government was imprisoned in a dark
prison where they could not see daylight.
On Monday, a Memorandum of Under-
standing (MOU) was signed between T&T
and Venezuela. A $50 million fund was set
up to facilitate trade and the transferral of
T&T's manufactured goods over to Venezuela.
Rowley said there would also be a joint
security session in Caracas to address the
issue of drug trafficking and other crime-
related issues, as well as the protection of
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