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Paul Vincent, the man accused of
murdering two women---a schoolgirl
and a janitor---is expected to know his
fate next week Friday.
Justice Mark Mohammed is expected
to take five days, from Monday, to sum
up the lengthy trial.
State attorney Renuka Rambhajan
completed her closing arguments to
the jury yesterday.
Defence attorney Rekha Ramjit com-
pleted hers on Monday.
In May, the jury began hearing evi-
dence against Vincent, 33, in the San
Fernando First Assizes Court.
The State is saying that Vincent con-
fessed and voluntarily gave statements
detailing how he stalked, raped and
strangled Radha Pixie Lakhan, 16, and
Taramatee Toolsie, 40.
Both women lived near each other
The defence, however, is saying that
the police fabricated and concocted the
statements which they made the
Lakhan, 16, a student of Palo Seco
Secondary School never returned to
her Spring Trace, Siparia, home after
leaving school on March 22. Toolsie,
40, a janitor, left her La Brea Trace,
Siparia, home on April 15 to go to work
but never got there.
The State is saying that she was
dragged down a drain and into some
bushes along her street by Vincent who
also lived on that street with his com-
The State is alleging that Vincent
raped and strangled Toolsie with her
handbag strap. Her body was found
three days later.
After confessing to Toolsie s murder,
the police claim Vincent not only con-
fessed to murdering Lakhan but also
took them to where he allegedly raped
and killed her.
The police found her skeletal remains
in a bamboo patch along the street she
Police said Vincent claimed he raped
the schoolgirl six times and then used
her school belt to strangle her.
In her closing arguments yesterday,
Rambhajan told the jury Vincent was
treated properly while in police custody.
She said he was given meals, allowed
to bathe, use the washroom and receive
visits from his relatives.
"It is not a vacation for Paul Vincent
in the people and them police station.
It is a station and he is detained."
She said it is clear from the confes-
sion statements and strong circum-
stantial evidence that Vincent is guilty.
The defence is claiming that Vincent
was not given proper treatment by the
The matter was adjourned to Monday
for the judge to begin summing up.
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St Joseph Police are
investigating the disap-
pearance of a backhoe
from the headquarters
of the Water and Sew-
erage Authority (WASA)
in St Joseph on Tuesday.
Police said the back-
hoe, which is owned by
a private contractor, was
parked in a car park on
the authority s com-
pound on Farm Road, St
Joseph, around 12.30 on
Officials from the
police yesterday morning
after they realised that
the equipment was miss-
ing. They also contacted
its owner who denied
Detectives of the St
Joseph CID visited the
scene and viewed CCTV
footage of the compound
which showed the back-
hoe being driven out of
the compound around 1
pm yesterday. Investiga-
tors could not identify
the man who was driving
the vehicle because of the
poor quality of the
footage. Police said an
arrest is imminent.
WASA s corporate com-
Daniel Plenty confirmed
the report of the missing
equipment and said the
matter was under police
Entertainer Andy Singh performs
for pupils during Divali celebrations
hosted by the Water and Sewerage
Authority at its head office in St
Joseph yesterday. More than 700
schoolchildren from 15 schools
throughout the East-West Corridor
were present at the event which
included a children's puppet and
Pixie Lakhan, Taramatee Toolsie murder trial...
Judge to sum up next week
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