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The man accused of stabbing
Annette Sawh over 20 times with
a sharpened spoon 11 years ago
took the witness stand in the San
Fernando High Court yesterday.
However, the trial was brought to
an abrupt end after a juror fell ill.
Murray Forde, 53, gave a run-
down of what he did the day Sawh
went missing. He did not traverse
the road where Sawh s body was
found, he said.
Forde is on trial before Justice
Carla Browne-Antoine charged
with murdering Sawh on a date
unknown between Carnival Mon-
day and Ash Wednesday 2002.
She was on her way to her
domestic job on February 12, 2002
when she disappeared. On Febru-
ary 14, 2002, her body was found
in a cocoa estate at Nohar Road,
The state s case, led by Sabrina
Dougdeen-Samlal, is that Forde
told the police he used a spoon,
which he sharpened with a file, to
stab Sawh, 38, in the neck while
she was walking on the road.
It is alleged that he further con-
fessed to pulling Sawh into the
bushes where he again stabbed
The police allegedly found the
file used to sharpen the spoon on
the roof of Forde s house. The
murder weapon was not found.
The State closed its case after
leading over 20 witnesses.
Taking the witness stand yes-
terday, Forde said he did not know
Sawh. He said on Carnival Monday
he went to Rio Claro junction
where J Ouvert celebrations were
taking place and met a friend.
He said the friend gave him $5
and after about 30 minutes he took
a maxi to San Pedro. He went to
visit a former classmate but did
not find him, he added.
Forde said he stopped a car driv-
en by (Curtis) Beckles. In his evi-
dence, Beckles said he was plying
his car for hire when he picked up
Forde. He said his clothes were
wet, his sneakers were muddy and
he was smelling like bush. How-
ever, Forde said that was not true.
"If he say I was smelling like
muslim oil I would say yes," the
He testified that Beckles dropped
him off Torib Tabaquite Road and
he took a short cut to his Teak
Street home. He said he "wet" his
garden and then went for lunch
at his sister s home.
Forde said he then went by "the
imam," left there around 6 pm or
7 pm and went home.
Asked by his attorney, Richard
Valere, whether he was ever on
Nohar Road on Carnival Monday,
Tuesday or Ash Wednesday, he
He said around 5 am on Febru-
ary 19, 2002, the police broke down
his door and two men entered his
house with guns. He said he first
thought someone had come to
Forde said the police searched
his house and his clothes and
sneakers were seized. He was taken
to the Rio Claro Police Station and
then detained at Homicide Office,
The matter ended abruptly dur-
ing his evidence, however, after a
juror fell ill.
The trial will continue today.
Valere is being instructed by attor-
neys Giselle Landeau and Michael
The Police Service last Thursday
said farewell to former Deputy Com-
missioner of Crime Mervyn Richard-
son at a function hosted in his hon-
The event, titled "60 and Fabulous",
ended his 39-year career that began
on March 15, 1974.
Richardson joined the service as a
special reserve officer and was even-
tually absorbed into the regular Police
Service. During his career he attained
his BSc in government and politics.
At the event, he was praised as a
humble, dedicated, team player and a
person of impeccable character.
Dr Wendy Quamina-Yorke, deputy
permanent secretary in the Ministry
of National Security, said Richardson
was a man of excellence who left behind
a legacy of professionalism, integrity
She added he was instrumental in
the TTPS s crime-fighting strategy
in Laventille, Beetham and Sea Lots.
His interaction in those areas, she
said, contributed to a crime reduc-
Commissioner of Prisons Martin
Martinez, Chief of Defence Staff Maj
Gen Kendrick Maharaj and acting Com-
missioner of Police Stephen Williams
were at the function and extended best
wishes to Richardson.
The National Action Cultural Com-
mittee (NACC) released its 2013 Top
20 calypsoes yesterday.
The list includes Austin "SuperBlue"
Lyons soca hit Fantastic Friday, which
won this year s Road March title and
joint Soca Monarch title.
However, like the National Joint
Action Committee s Top 40 list released
earlier this month, Bunji Garlin s Dif-
ferentology did not make the cut.
Differentology has gained more pop-
ularity following the 2013 Carnival sea-
Garlin has been nominated for a Soul
Train Music Award for the song, which
was also on the soundtrack for the most
recent episode of US television series
Grey s Anatomy last week.
Other songs that made the NACC
list include 2013 Calypso Monarch Pink
Panther s Travel Woes and Political
Sin-Phony by former monarch Kurt
as juror falls ill
Domestic worker's murder trial...
Cops say farewell
Former Deputy Commissioner of Crime Mervyn Richardson is congratulated by
acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams for his years of service at a
retirement function for Richardson last week.
Differentology snubbed again
Able/Disable --- Hamidullah
Bear With Me --- Roderick Gordon
Failure Is Not an Option --- Singing
Fantastic Friday --- SuperBlue
For A Crown --- Dillon Thomas
I Pay Honour --- Cindy Alleyne
Live Life Like You Playing Mas ---
More Questions --- Bro Valentino
More Than An Oil Drum --- Joanne
No Moral Authority --- Alana Sinnette
None of the Above --- Eunice Peters
Old Man's Lament --- Heather Mac
One More Recruit --- Ezekiel Yorke
Political Sin-Phony --- Kurt Allen
Politics Does Spoil De Lime ---
Prodigal Son --- Chalkdust
Tainted Legacy --- Helon Francis
The Partnership --- Karene Asche
Travel Woes --- Pink Panther
With You I Belong --- Roslyn Reid
NACC TOP 20 CALYPSOES
Former president of the Public
Services Association (PSA), Wat-
son Duke, said yesterday he
believed he was well on the way
to a return to the helm of the
largest trade unions in the coun-
try.In a phone interview with the
T&T Guardian last evening, Duke
said his team, Game Changers, was
ahead by at least 700 votes after
Monday s election, which sought
to find a new executive of 13 mem-
bers to lead the union.
However, Duke said at the time
of the call that a recount was still
ongoing and that the seven teams
involved in the election were at
the PSA s head office in Port-of-
Spain overseeing the process.
An earlier call to officials indi-
cated that an initial count had been
done and showed Duke had won.
However, the official said a recount
was to be undertaken.
Duke, however, said that his
polling agents indicated that his
team was well ahead.
Asked to comment on claims of
voter irregularity, he said he would
address the issue after the election
results had been declared. Duke
said he was hoping the process
would have been completed last
PSA s election officer Versil
Wright said on Monday that several
voters names were not on the
election list although they pre-
sented membership cards and pay
slips. There were complaints by
several of the 16,000 voters reg-
istered to vote in the election.
One of the presidential candi-
dates, Raymond Butler, of team
Defenders, was quoted on i95.5 as
calling for fresh elections.
In a CNC3 report, former sec-
retary general Nixon Callender said
the delayed counting of the 67 bal-
lots indicated that the election was
a disaster. He said some public
servants were threatening legal
The six teams vying for the
executive were Team Sentinel,
Team Liberators, Team Phoenix,
Game Changers, Team Defenders
and Rebuilder. Both Duke and Cal-
lender were presidential candidates
along with Terrence Regis (Team
Phoenix), Raymond Butler (Team
Defenders), Christopher Wilson
(Rebuilders) and independent can-
didate Riki Cedeno.
Recount delays official
PSA election results
Former president of the Public
Services Association (PSA),
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