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A suspect turned state witness in
the trial of murdered millionaire Dr
Ravi Maharaj last week admitted,
under cross-examination, that he has
been receiving a monthly $3,700
stipend from the State in exchange
for his testimony.
However, Brian Worrell denied fab-
ricating lies against murder accused
Roger Greene in order to collect the
Worrell, who was granted immunity
from prosecution in exchange for his
testimony against Greene, was cross-
examined for a second day by defence
attorney Kwasi Bekoe as the murder
trial continued before Justice Hayden
St Clair-Douglas in the San Fernando
Second Criminal Court, last Friday.
Worrell, who described himself as a
sufferer, admitted under cross-exam-
ination that since becoming a state
witness his living condition had
improved. He testified that the $3,700
monthly stipend he receives from the
state is the most income he has ever
earned in his life.
In his evidence in chief last Thursday,
Worrell had claimed Greene confessed
to him about killing the doctor.
Worrell claimed the day before
Maharaj s murder Greene hired him to
go to Couva and also to be taken to La
Romaine. He said Greene told him
Chacon Street. He said Greene told
him the house had a vault which con-
tained between $100,000 to $150,000.
Worrell claimed Greene also told him
that lanate poison could be mixed in
chicken and fed to dogs. He said Greene
bought a box of fried chicken which
he claimed was to feed a dog.
Maharaj, 63, was brutally beaten at
his Chacon Street, San Fernando, home
on January 11, 2006. He suffered several
injuries, including a broken neck. The
doctor s dog was found dead at the
back of his house.
Worrell, a Pleasantville straightener
and PH driver, said around 2.05 am on
the day Maharaj was murdered, he
dropped Greene and his friend on Cha-
con Street. When he picked up Greene
in Vistabella around 6 pm later that
day, he said: "I said to Roger like the
job you went to, like the man dead,
that man dead in the house. You kill
"He told me that man is an idol wor-
shipper, a Hare Krishna worshipper,
and he doh serve God and he say how
I know the man dead."
He said Greene also told him he
"mash down" Maharaj s statues and
"throw down the idols on the ground.
"Roger said the man did not want
to show them where the safe was and
they take a icepick and chook up the
man foot for the man to talk. Roger
say the man tell them he will give them
In answer to state prosecutor Trevor
Jones, Worrell said he did not receive
the reward which was offered for infor-
mation about Maharaj s murder.
Bekoe, however, put to Worrell that
he used the information Greene told
him regarding questions he was asked
by officer Simon, after he was first
arrested in February 2006 in connection
with the murder "to pick and fabricate"
the story against Greene.
Bekoe added: "I am suggesting to
you the stipend offered to you by the
State gave you an opportunity to get
out of your suffering and get a better
life and you accepted that."
Worrell, who admitted he was a sus-
pect when he was arrested along with
Greene in April 2006, said: "The State
never promise me a better life, they
told me to speak the truth and that is
what I am doing."
Worrell, who has been receiving the
stipend from the State for ten years,
also denied he wanted to get revenge
The matter was adjourned to today
for legal arguments. The jury will return
I get stipend
Witness in murder trial admits:
Britney Smith has been chosen to represent T&T
at the Miss Regal International pageant to be held
at Antigua in August.
Smith, a University of West Indies graduate who
speaks Spanish and French, was crowned on Saturday
night at Naparima Bowl, San Fernando, after out-
shining eight other contestants in the local leg of the
Beauty queen-maker and franchise holder of Miss
Regal International T&T, JacquiKoon How, founder
of House of Jacqui, said it was an exciting and brand
Koon How said it was the first time she had staged
a pageant in her 50 years experience in the industry
and she expects it to become the starship competition
in San Fernando and the country.
Unlike other pageants, Koon How said there was
only one winner, no second or third runner-up.
If Smith is unable to fulfil her duties, Koon How
said the contestant who got the second highest points
will be asked to replace her. In addition, she said all
the contestants will receive a $7,000 package con-
sisting of various items.
The winner will receive the same package and
additional prizes which would assist her in the August
She said Smith will be among 41 contestants from
around the world, including the Caribbean, South
Sudan, Denmark and other countries participating
in the pageant, which is expected to run for 27 days.
UWI grad new
Miss Regal T&T
Damali Mendoza walks on stage in her evening
Jenelle Campbell flashes a bright smile as she
parades across the stage during the Miss Regal
International T&T at the Naparima Bowl, San
Fernando, on Saturday.
Anissa Ali parades in her evening gown during the
Miss Regal International T&T at the Naparima Bowl,
San Fernando, on Saturday. PHOTOS: TONY HOWELL
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