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Double murder accused Paul Vin-
cent was given meals and allowed to
bathe and use the washroom while
detained at the Siparia Police Station,
police witnesses testified yesterday.
On the third day of the trial in which
Vincent, 32, is charged with the 2005
murders of Radha "Pixie" Lakhan and
Taramatee Toolsie, 40, San Fernando
judge Mark Mohammed explained to
the jury why that type of evidence was
The State, the judge said, is saying
Vincent gave the police statements con-
fessing to the murders.
Therefore, he said, the State must
prove that the statements were given
voluntarily and not under duress or
Acting Sgt Joseph Solomon, acting
Cpl Odel Gupta and PC Anil Boodlal
all testified about their interactions
with the accused at the station between
April 19 and April 22, 2005.
They testified how they gave the
accused meals and took him to the
bathroom during different intervals.
They said he made no complaints to
Solomon said on April 19, 2005 after
2 am he, PC Ramjag and other officers
went to Vincent s home at La Brea
Trace, Siparia, where he (Solomon)
Solomon said he asked Vincent how
he got a "dried-up" scar on his left
"I heard the accused reply, A man
hit me with a bottle in me head Friday
night in Siparia."
He said the accused was taken to the
Siparia CID and placed in an enclosed,
air-conditioned, well-lit room furnished
with a chair.
Solomon said on April 20, 2005, the
accused refused a bread and sausage
sandwich and a cup of tea. The officer
said the accused was allowed to bathe
PIXIE LAKHAN MURDER TRIAL
and use the toilet facilities. He said
the station has one bathroom facil-
ity which is used by officers and
In cross-examination, attorney
Rekha Ramjit put to Solomon that
Vincent told him he was too upset
to eat. Solomon denied this.
Boodlal testified that on three
occasions he gave the accused
meals, one of which was a chicken
burger and red sweet drink brought
for him by his aunt Gloria Seer-
Gupta said on April 19, 2005,
around 4.45 pm he, Sgt Wells and
other officers took the accused to
the office of district medical officer
Dr Bhimsingh, where he was
Lakhan, of Spring Trace, Siparia,
and Toolsie of La Brea Trace,
Siparia were raped and strangled
in bushes near their homes in
Lakhan disappeared on her way
home after school on March 22
and her skeletal remains were
found a month later. Toolsie dis-
appeared on April 15 and her body
was found under tyres and garbage
bags three days later.
The trial continues on Monday.
Cops: Accused treated well at police station
A 14-year-old schoolboy was yes-
terday granted $4,000 bail for alleged-
ly robbing two of his schoolmates of
$7 at school on Monday.
The Marabella teenager was accom-
panied by his parents when he appeared
before Deputy Chief Magistrate Mark
Wellington in the San Fernando First
The teenager, dressed in his school
pants and jacket, pleaded not guilty.
The charge alleged that at Gasparillo
Senior Secondary, he robbed two 12-
year-old boys of $2 and $5, respectively,
and also assaulted them.
He was charged by PC Jason Dailey
of the Gasparillo Police Station.
Asked by the magistrate his date of
birth, the teenager said he was born
on July 18, 1998.
His attorney Lisa Singh asked for his
parents to be his surety.
She said the teenager had no previous
convictions or pending matters.
In granting the attorney s request,
the magistrate told the parents they
would be responsible for ensuring that
their child attended court.
The magistrate transferred the matter
to the Fourth Court and adjourned it
to June 3. (SW)
Student, 14, charged with
robbing two schoolmates
The matter involving
retired footballer Stern
John, along with three
others who were also
charged for breach of
curfew in 2011, has been
adjourned to June.
The adjournment was
granted by Senior Mag-
istrate Annette Mc Kenzie
in the Port-of-Spain
Eighth Court yesterday,
in the absence of Chief
Magistrate Marcia Ayers-
The former Soca War-
riors striker, along with
sisters Theresa and Terry
Ann Humphrey, and
Denisha Mayers, were
charged with breach of
curfew on October 15,
2011. The four were
charged by Cpl Hadeed
Mohammed after they
were held at the corner
of French Street and Ari-
apita Avenue, Wood-
During the state of
emergency, which began
on August 22, 2011 and
ended on November 6,
2011, citizens were
warned against being out
of doors during the 9
pm-5 am curfew.
Mc Kenzie adjourned
the matter to June 25.
Stern John curfew
case set for June 25
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