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Guerra s mother Rona Indarsingh and
Ghouralal were friends.
When Ghouralal arrived at the San Fernando
Magistrates Court then, colleagues shielded him
from the glare of the media and large public
gathering in front the court.
The charge against him read that on a date
unknown between February 17 and February 21,
he murdered Daniel Guerra.
Among those giving evidence were Indarsingh,
Guerra s grandparents Randolph and Shirley
Indarsingh, neighbours, a forensic scientist,
police officers and a shopkeeper.
Controversy surrounded the police investi-
gation, as relatives were not satisfied with the
results of the initial autopsy.
Four pathologists, Dr James Gill, Dr Valery
Alexandrov, Dr Estlyn McDonald-Burris and Dr
Hubert Daisley, all performed autopsies on the
child s body.
The first autopsy, performed at the Forensic
Science Centre by McDonald-Burris and super-
vised by Alexandrov, concluded the cause of
death was due to drowning.
A second autopsy by Daisley at the San Fer-
nando mortuary found that Guerra died from
asphyxia before his body entered the river, which
suggested he was strangled.
Gill, a US pathologist hired by Attorney General
Anand Ramlogan, performed the last autopsy
at the San Fernando mortuary, which stated that
the cause of death was homicidal asphyxia. In
preparing his report, Gill went to the site where
the child s body was dumped, where he took
water and dirt samples.
However, Alexandrov later charged that the
autopsies conducted by both Daisley and Gill
had no legal ground as a second or third autopsy
could only be ordered by a judge or the inves-
After Guerra s death, Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar was brought to tears while
describing Daniel as "an innocent eight-year-
old." Posting on her Facebook page, she said:
"As a mother and a grandmother, I wept last
night for Daniel. It is a situation that no parent
should ever have to face."
Persad-Bissessar subsequently promised to
set up the Daniel Decree, which she said would
be a social agenda involving government, NGOs,
national security bodies and the private sector
in a partnership to tackle issues of crime and
child neglect and abuse.
She said the decree would also be an educa-
tional programme where children would learn
how to protect themselves and their environ-
ments and would be implemented through com-
mittees led by Transport Minister Stephen Cadiz
and People and Social Development Minister
Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh.
Renold Indarsingh, uncle of Daniel Guerra,
expressed surprise yesterday after learning
that Police Constable Darwin Ghouralal had
been freed of the charge of murder.
Ghouralal, 41, of La Romaine, was charged
with murdering Daniel, of Bedeau Street, Gas-
parillo, in February 2011. The child went miss-
ing after a short trip to a nearby parlour. His
bloated body was found days later in the
Tarouba River, miles away from his Gasparillo
Indarsingh, 31, speaking briefly with the
T&T Guardian at the family s home last
evening, said: "I did not know anything. If
that is so, then that is how the justice system
in the country does go."
"I cannot do anything about that, but deep
inside I know I doh like that at all."
Yesterday, Senior San Fernando Magistrate
Rajendra Rambachan freed Ghouralal of the
murder charge after he upheld a no-case sub-
mission made by defence attorney Sophia
Chote, SC, instructed by Michelle Solomon-
Indarsingh, who was also a state witness
in the matter against Ghouralal, said he was
not certain if Daniel s mother, Rona, was aware
of the court s ruling at the time the Guardian
was visiting. He attempted to text his sister
while speaking with the T&T Guardian.
"She would know by now," he said.
Daniel s grandparents Randolph and Shirley,
both of whom religiously attended the pre-
liminary inquiry, were also not a home yes-
terday. Indarsingh said his parents (Daniel s
grandparents) were in Princes Town attending
"I doubt they know. Everybody will be
upset," Indarsingh said.
"I doh like how he get away there. Justice
have to prevail somehow."
He admitted, however, that he felt "unsafe"
now that Ghouralal has been freed.
Attempts to reach Ghouralal, who did not
speak to the media when he left the court,
were unsuccessful yesterday.
A female relative answered his cellphone
and said he was unavailable.
"You understand the circumstances now.
He cannot come to the phone," she said.
Ghouralal, who has 15 years service, was
arrested by Sgt Anderson Pariman and sub-
sequently charged with murdering Guerra on
a date unknown between February 17 and
February 21, 2011.
The state s case was led by deputy Director
of Public Prosecutions (South) Joan Honore-
Relatives not happy
with court's ruling
leads to case
A hindu devotee from the Swasti Vaa Chan in Barataria performs Ganesh puja during Ganesh Ustav celebrations at Chagville Beach,
Chaguaramas, yesterday. PHOTO: EDISON BOODOOSINGH
Cop freed of murder charge
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