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Pervert jailed for 20 months
Christopher Julien, the man who
exposed himself to students at a
primary school in San Fernando
on two occasions, was sentenced
to a total of 20 months with hard
labour when he appeared in court
Julien, 39, was arrested in May for
indecently exposing himself in front of
a boy's primary school, after police of-
ficers saw him standing with his jersey
raised and his pants and underwear at
his knees. He was holding his private
part in his hand. When he was arrested,
Julien reportedly told the officers, "I
like them lil children."
The officer held onto his hand to ar-
rest him, but Julien began pulling away
in a violent manner, eventually freed
himself and began to run away from
the officers. He was caught a short
distance away. He was also charged
with resisting arrest and escaping
Julien had also been charged in March
for exposing himself while standing
opposite the Anstey Memorial Girls'
Anglican School and sentenced to 60
days in prison. Several months before
that, he was sentenced to 40 days in jail
for exposing himself to a woman. He
also has prior convictions for posses-
sion of cocaine and marijuana.
When he appeared in court on May
22, Senior Magistrate Cherril-Anne
Antoine sent Julien for psychiatric
evaluation at the St Ann's Psychiatric
Hospital. Yesterday when he went be-
fore the court,Antoine said the report
found that he was fit to plead.
Antoine said since Julien had already
spent two months in custody await-
ing the evaluation and the maximum
penalty for indecent exposure was 60
days in jail, she would place him on
a three-year bond on that charge. On
the charge of resisting arrest, she sen-
tenced him to 18 months hard labour
and for escaping lawful custody he was
sentenced to two months hard labour.
The sentences are to run concur-
rently so Julien will serve a total of 18
months behind bars.
Luxury cars lost
in hardware fire
Millions of dollars worth of
hardware supplies, furniture
and vehicles went up in flames
yesterday, after a fire destroyed
the Jameel Baksh Hardware in
According to reports, Dianne
Baksh, co-owner of the business,
secured and left the compound
along Wright Trace, Cumuto Road,
around 5 pm. An hour later, however,
she was informed that the hardware
was on fire.
Residents near the hardware con-
tacted the Princes Town Fire Station,
but by the time the officers arrived
the hardware was already destroyed.
PC Ramkissoon and PC Boodram
of the Barrackpore Police Station also
Besides the hardware supplies,
hundreds of thousands of dol-
lars worth of furniture from their
woodworking factory, a Toyota Pra-
Porche vehicle and a panel van were
When the T&T Guardian visited,
a worker said Jameel Baksh, who
had just returned from missionary
work in Guyana yesterday, was at
The hardware also shares a com-
pound with Baksh Farms as well as
their construction firm.
Fire prevention officers were at the
scene last evening trying to deter-
mine the cause of the fire. The value
of the damage is yet to be ascertained.
Lawyer jailed for 19 years
Attorney Joseph Melville
was yesterday sentenced to 19
years in prison for attempting
to murder his former secretary
Patricia Cox in 2001.
Melville, 62, from Sangre
Grande, received the sentence
from Justice Maria Wilson in the
Port-of-Spain High Court, almost
two months after he was convicted
of the crime for the second time
in 13 years.
He was given a 19-year sentence
for attempting to murder Cox, 14
years for kidnapping her, nine years
for conspiring to murder her and
four years for assault occasioning
actual bodily harm. Melville will
only serve the highest sentence,
however, as the sentences were
ordered to be served concurrently.
He is also expected to be released
in less than 14 years, as the four
years and nine months he spent in
prison awaiting his appeal after his
first conviction in 2004 was de-
ducted from his sentence.
In passing the sentences on Mel-
ville, Wilson noted that there were
no mitigating factors to his benefit
except that he had a clean criminal
record prior to the incident.
Wilson said the aggravating
factors in the case which helped
determine his sentence, included
the fact that he was in a position
of trust as Cox's employer, that he
was the mastermind of the crime
and that he participated by in-
structing Cox to go with the men
he had hired to kill her.
Melville sat silently in the pris-
oner enclosure of the court as the
sentence was being read and waved
to relatives and friends in the pub-
lic gallery as he was being led away
by police officers.
During his trial before Wilson,
State prosecutors relied on Cox's
testimony, as well as that of Ains-
ley Alleyne, who along with Hilton
Winchester and Jason Holder were
hired by Melville to kidnap and kill
Alleyne was made a State wit-
ness in the case and testified
against Melville in his preliminary
inquiry. However, he died shortly
after and his witness statement de-
tailing the crime was read to the
jury. Holder was initially charged
with the crime but was freed of the
charges during the inquiry. Win-
chester was convicted alongside
Melville in 2004 and was sentenced
to 10 years in prison. Winchester
did not appeal his conviction.
Alleyne had claimed that on June
28, 2001, he was approached by
Melville, through mutual friend
Holder, and was offered $40,000
to kill Cox.
"He said she (Cox) was talking
his business with the police and
Fraud Squad was getting close,"
Cox, in her testimony, had ad-
mitted that she had threatened to
report Melville after she learned
that he (Melville) had cashed in two
insurance policies and failed to pay
them to his client.
Alleyne testified that he, Holder
and Winchester got instructions
from Melville to drive to and wait
by his office at Pembroke Street,
Port-of-Spain, where Cox would
meet them for what she believed
would be a drive to collect legal
documents at a client's home.
He said after Cox got into the car,
Winchester drove to Cumberland
Hill in St James.
Before reaching the location, Al-
leyne "locked" Cox's neck while
Holder stripped her of her clothes
and jewellery. He admitted to at-
tempting to sexually assault Cox
in the car, but claimed to have
stopped after she said she was on
Alleyne said upon reaching the
location, they took Cox out of
the car and placed her to sit on a
boulder next to a precipice, as they
pondered how they would kill her
as they had no knives or guns.
"He (Holder) picked up a stone
and said it would be the fastest way
to do it," Alleyne said.
He said Cox was begging for her
life and he informed her that it was
Melville who had hired them to kill
her. Cox then offered to pay them
a larger sum to forgo killing her.
"I asked her if she wanted to hide
out and pretend to be dead and we
would split the money with her
when we got paid," he said.
Before they could respond to her
proposal, she jumped off the prec-
ipice and ran into a forested area.
Holder found her but was forced
to let her go after a man who was
hiking in the area saw the incident
through his binoculars and raised
an alarm. Cox said she hid for a
while and then hiked through the
forested area through the night
until she reached a housing de-
velopment the next morning.
Alleyne said hours later he and
Holder went to Melville's home
at Sangre Grande, where he told
Melville he had strangled Cox with
his vest but could not say if she was
dead as he and Holder were forced
to quickly push her over the prec-
ipice because they had noticed a
car approaching them.
Attorney Joseph Melville
For plotting to murder secretary
The remains of vehicles following a fire which destroyed Fareed Baksh
Construction Services Ltd at Barrackpore yesterday. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
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