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Doubles vendor Nizam Mohammed told police he
threw gasoline on his neighbour and set him on fire
because he was threatening him, a claim the defence
did not challenge.
This was the evidence of police officer, Aaron
Ramdial, one of the first officers to arrive at the crime
scene, when the trial against Putitia Mohammed, her
husband Nizam Mohammed and Daniel Sammy re-
sumed in the San Fernando Third Criminal Court.
The trio is before Justice Maria Wilson charged
with the murder of Stephen Joshua, also called
The incident took place on May 3, 2008, at the
home of the accused at Friendship Village, Cipero
The house, owned by Kenneth Saroop, was for
sale. The accused moved into the downstairs apart-
ment after Nizam agreed to pay a 10 per cent down
payment and the bal-
ance in a year.
Saroop, in his evi-
dence, denied that he
asked Joshua to evict
the Mohammeds from
that around 5.15 pm
he and PC Rosan were
on mobile patrol duty
when they received
a wireless transmis-
sion and went to the
Ramdial said he
saw a man bawling
in the back seat of a
car with burns about
his body. He testified
that he and Rosan
were escorting the
car with the injured
man to the hospital
when they stopped
an ambulance which
was heading in the
The ambulance took
the injured man to the
hospital. On return to
the crime scene, Ramdial said Nizam told him Joshua
came downstairs in his room, started harassing him
and they began to fight.
Nizam said he pushed Joshua outside over a wall.
Nizam said he took a gas container, filled with gas,
and threw the gas on top Joshua. Nizam said he
took his lighter and lit Joshua on fire. Asked who the
wireless transmission was from, Ramdial said Putitia
reported that Joshua was in her home and he had
come to chop her. He said she asked the police to
Under cross-examination by Israel Khan SC, Ram-
dial said the report they were responding to was
a home invasion and nothing to do with someone
being set on fire. He said Putitia told PC Roshan that
Joshua came into the house, started to harass her
husband, they started to fight and the fight ended
Ramdial said Nizam admitted that he took gas-
oline, threw it on Jumbo and took his lighter and
set him on fire. He said he is aware that Jumbo was
about six foot two inches tall and weighed about 200
Under cross-examination by Sammy’s attorney
Ramesh Deena, Ramdial said Nizam was the only
person arrested that day.
The trial continues today.
Cops search for
Police are seeing
help from the
public to find a
who has been
He was last seen
at his Hill Trace,
around 1.15 pm
on February 17.
His mother, Keisha Charles, filed a missing
person’s report at the Arima Police Station the
Emmanuel is of African descent, four feet
seven inches tall, with a dark brown complexion
and a cornrow hairstyle.
He was last seen wearing a purple T-shirt, a
pair of grey three quarter jeans and a pair of
black and white sneakers.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts
is asked to contact the police at 999, 555, 911 or
any police station or call 800-TIPS.
Ganja field destroyed
A marijuana field, with an estimated
street value of $150,000, wasdestroyed
during an anti-crime exercise conducted
by officers of the Gasparillo Police Station
in the Williamsville district, over the
The exercise, headed by Inspector
Subhas Ramkhelawan, supervised by Sgt
Rennie Maraj and including Cpl Natasha
Charles, was conducted between 10 am
and 4 pm, on Saturday.
Acting on information, the officers
ventured into a forested area, four miles
off the Williamsville Main Road, around
1 pm where they found the marijuana
field with an estimated 150 fully grown
The officers also recovered two 12-
gauge cartridges and two 16-gauge
cartridges in the field.
No arrest was made.
Accused Daniel Sammy
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