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Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Croisee murder suspect
claims police licks
The 26-year-old man accused
of murdering mother of four
Anita Bahadur, last week in San
Juan, has claimed to have been
beaten by police after his arrest.
Aaron Garcia, also known
as Tsion Fieani, of Mt Hope
Road, Mt Hope, appeared be-
fore acting Chief Magistrate
Maria Busby-Earle-Caddle in
the Port-of-Spain Magistrate’s
Court charged with stabbing
his ex-girlfriend Bahadur to
death during an altercation at
the Croisee in San Juan, last
Wednesday in front scores of
He was held by three people
after the incident and beaten
before being turned over to the
Dressed in a pink T-shirt, Gar-
cia, who is barely five feet tall,
stood silently in the prisoner’s
enclosure of the court as the
charge was being read.
As soon as he was given an
opportunity to address Bus-
by-Earle-Caddle, Garcia claimed
that he was beaten by four po-
lice officers at the San Juan Sub
Station after he handed over by
a group of men, who detained
him shortly after the incident.
“Police damage me real bad.
They hit me with a gun butt in
my face and even threaten to
kill me,” Garcia said.
He claimed he was punched
several times in his head until
his ears started to bleed.
“I collect a boot to my mouth
that take out my two front
teeth,” Garcia said. He also
claimed that the officers broke
“I could hardly hear in my
right ear and my left side is con-
tinually paining,” Garcia said.
Asked by Busby-Earle-Cad-
dle which of his teeth were
damaged, Garcia smiled. His
silent response drew chuck-
les from almost all present in
the courtroom including Bus-
Although he was able to re-
count the details of the alleged
attack, he did not have the
names or regimental numbers
of any of his attackers.
After Garcia detailed the al-
leged abuse, he was asked if he
had additional concerns.
Garcia continuously sobbed
as he mumbled a seemingly in-
criminating statement. He was
immediately stopped by Bus-
by-Earle-Caddle, who reminded
him that he was not called upon
to plead to the charge. Garcia
then retracted the statement.
Garcia’s claims appeared
to be corroborated by pho-
tographs circulated on social
media of him bleeding after he
was taken to the station.
The men who held Garcia
after witnessing the incident,
admitting to beating Garcia be-
fore handing him over to police,
when interviewed, last week.
Garcia did not make any allega-
tions against the men who held
In response to the allegations,
police prosecutor Insp Wayne
Mohammed said all he could
confirm was that Garcia was
taken for medical treatment
at the hospital while in police
custody. Garcia, who was not
represented by an attorney, is
expected to reappear in court
on April 24.
Man in court for
Two weeks after soldier Ken Palmer
was gunned down in front his fam-
ily during an argument over land,
his wife’s nephew appeared in court
charged with nine offences, including
Brandon Pooran, 26, appeared be-
fore San Fernando Senior Magistrate
Cherril-Anne Antoine charged with
the offences arising out of the incident
on March 15. Sgt Palmer was outside
the Rampersad Trace, Dalloo Road,
Gasparillo home he shared with his
common-law wife and two children,
ages nine and seven when he got into
an altercation with Pooran.
It is alleged that Pooran went to a
nearby house and returned a short
while later with a gun. Palmer who had
20 years service was subsequently shot
and died at the scene. It is also alleged
that he shot his brother, Ravi Pooran,
31, and shot at Palmer’s wife, Radica
Pooran, as she was running up the
stairs with the two children.
Pooran, of Dalloo Road, Gasparillo,
was arrested last Tuesday in Erin and
charged by Cpl Ian Bobb of the Homi-
cide Bureau Region 3.
He is charged with Palmer’s mur-
der, attempting to murder Radica,
wounding Ravi with intent to do him
grievous bodily harm, possession of a
firearm with intent to endanger the life
of Palmer’s son, possession of a firearm
with intent to endanger life, possession
of firearm, possession of ammunition,
possession of ammunition with intent
to endanger life of Palmer’s daughter
and possession of ammunition with
intent to endanger life. Investigations
into the incident were supervised by
Insp Darryl Corrie and Insp Learie Fi-
garo of the Homicide Bureau Region 3.
When the matter was called in the
First Court, attorney Frank Gittens
held for Pooran’s attorney Gobin Har-
Gittens asked for disclosure, but
prosecutor Cleyon Seedan said in such
matters all disclosure is made through
the Office of Director of Public Prosecu-
tion. The matter adjourned to April 23.
A Marabella man who was shot seven
times after he allegedly pulled a gun
for the police was yesterday granted
$.5 million bail on 12 charges stem-
ming from the incident.
Kreston Phillips, 25, of Dolly Street,
who is paralysed in one of his legs was
wheeled into the San Fernando First
Court. His attorney Chantal Paul said
her client cannot walk and still had
bullets lodged in his body, including
in his liver.
The incident took place on March
17 at Ramsamooj Street, Marabella. It
is alleged that during a struggle with
the police he pulled out a gun and the
officers shot him. The charges include
possession of a Glock 17, possession of
22 rounds of ammunition, possession
of four grammes of marijuana, three
charges of assaulting the police, three
charges of resisting arrest and three
charges of common assault.
Phillips was charged by Cpl Ragbir
after he was discharged from the San
Fernando General Hospital on Mon-
The gun, ammunition and two mag-
azines were produced in court. Paul,
in asking for bail, said Phillips was suf-
fering from multiple gunshot wounds
and four bullets were still lodged in his
chest and leg; one in his liver. Paul said
Phillips still has to undergo surgery.
Paul said the prison may not have the
facilities to treat with her client’s inju-
ries. Paul said her client had no con-
victions and given his condition it was
highly unlikely he would commit any
crimes if granted bail.
Prosecutor Cleyon Seedan, how-
ever, objected to bail on the basis that
Phillips had a 2017 pending matter for
Noting she was only granting him
bail because of his medical condition,
Antoine fixed bail at $500,000 and ad-
journed the matter to April 19.
$.5m bail for man shot by police
Aaron Garcia waits to board a prison vehicle following his court
appearance for the murder of Anita Bahadur.
PICTURE KERWIN PIERRE
Sargeant Ken Palmer who was shot
dead in Gasparillo on March 15.
Brandon Pooran, charged with the
murder of soldier Ken Palmer.
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