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Trio on trial for torching man to death
Three people went on trial on Wednes-
day for the murder of a man who was
set alight during an attack in 2008, in
Doubles vendor Nizam Mohammed,
his wife, Putitia Mohammed, and Dan-
iel Sammy are accused of murdering
Stephen “Jumbo” Joshua at Friendship
They are on trial before Justice Maria
Wilson in Third Criminal Court.
However, in an unusual move, the
state attorney Trevor Jones gave an
opening address to a 12-member jury
and alternates before leading evidence
in the trial. It is common practice for
the State to give a brief summary of the
case before evidence is led in a criminal
trial in the High Court.
Witness Kenneth Saroop recalled that
in November 2007, the three accused
moved into the downstairs apartment
of his house, along with Sammy’s girl-
friend and another person. Saroop
lived upstairs with his son, wife and
four step-daughters. He said he was
selling his property for $1.1 million and
the group moved in after Nizam agreed
to pay a 10 per cent down payment for
the property and the balance in a year.
He said Nizam paid $40,000 and then
$70,000. On the day of the incident on
Nizam Mohammed is escorted from the San
Fernando High Court on Wednesday.
PICTURE TONY HOWELL
May 3, 2008, he left home to work his private car
for hire and was returning around “minutes to
five” in the evening when one of his stepdaugh-
ters ran up to his car and he spoke to her. Saroop
testified that when he got home he saw people at
the front of his house and the gate was wide open.
“I run down to the yard and to the right side
of the building. I watch I see a man who I know
on fire and trying to out himself. His entire body
was on fire. The neighbour’s daughter was trying
to out him with a hose but where she was they
were separated by a galvanise fence,” said Saroop.
He said he took the hose from her, sprayed
down Joshua and out the fire.
“He was bawling in pain. I tried to lift him out of
the drain. I tried pulling him up by the hand, all
his skin and flesh and thing was coming out in my
hand,” said Saroop. With the help of a man named
Martin, Saroop said they got Joshua out of the
drain and put him in the back seat of his (Saroop)
car. He said he got permission from a police officer
to take him to the hospital, but they met the ambu-
lance on the way and the ambulance took Joshua
to the hospital.
He said about a week or two after the accused
moved downstairs his home they began preparing
doubles around 1 or 2 am and selling the food on
his property. He said the smoke was affecting him
and his family and strange people were coming
into his property to buy the doubles.
Under cross-examination by defence attorney
Israel Khan SC, who is representing the Moham-
meds, Saroop denied that he wanted to cancel the
agreement with Nizam. Saroop further denied that
he enlisted Joshua to evict them from that prem-
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
In the Matter of Sections 155(1), 156 (1) and 159 of the Securities Act, Chap. 83:02 (“the Act”) and By-Law 24 of the Securities
Industry (Take-Over) By-Laws, 2005 (“the By-Laws”)
In the Matter of NCB Global Holdings Limited’s (“Offeror”) Offer and Take-Over Bid Circular dated December 8, 2017 (and
amended on January 12, 2018 and February 2, 2018), to acquire 74,230,750 ordinary shares of Guardian Holdings Limited
(“Offeree Issuer”) so as to result in the Offeror holding not more than 62% of the issued and outstanding ordinary shares of
Offeree Issuer (“the Bid Circular”) and other related transactions (“the Matter”)
NOTICE OF HEARING
WHEREAS a Procedural Hearing in the Matter was held on February 26, 2018.
TAKE NOTICE that the Trinidad and Tobago Securities and Exchange Commission (“the Commission”) will hold a Hearing at the
Leon Agostini Room, Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry & Commerce, Columbus Circle, Westmoorings commencing on
Monday, March 26, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.;
TO CONSIDER pursuant to sections 155(1) and 156(1) of the Act and/or By-Law 24 of the By-Laws whether it is in the public interest
1. that the Offeror comply with the Act and By-Laws, particularly to require the Offeror to issue a formal take-over bid in
accordance with By-Laws 11 and 13(2) of the By-Laws having regard to the circumstances leading up to the issuance of the
Bid Circular, and in particular:
a. The May 12, 2016 acquisition of 29.99% of the Offeree Issuer’s shares; and
b. The May 12, 2016 Shareholders’ Agreement including the “lock-up, support and voting provisions”,
which the Staff of the Commission allege created an obligation on the part of the Offeror to issue a formal take-over bid
in accordance with By-Laws 11 and 13(2) of the By-Laws;
2. that certain omissions from the Bid Circular dated December 8, 2017 amounted to contravention of the By-Laws;
contravention of the By-Laws; and
4. such further and other orders as the Commission considers appropriate.
AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE that any party to the proceeding may appear in person or be represented by Counsel at the Hearing;
AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE that upon failure of any party to attend at the time and place of the Hearing, the Hearing may proceed
in the absence of that party and such party is not entitled to any further notice of the proceeding;
Subject to the Order-Procedural Directions made by the Hearing Panel at the Procedural Hearing on 26th February 2018, affected parties
are requested to make written submissions addressed to the Commission’s General Counsel/Corporate Secretary by Monday, March
19, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.
Please email email@example.com or contact the Commission’s General Counsel/Corporate Secretary via telephone at 624-2991 to in-
dicate whether you will be attending the Hearing, and/or the name(s) of your representatives by Monday, March 19, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.
Dated this 8th day of March, 2018
General Counsel/Corporate Secretary
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
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