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Relatives of murder victim Ray-
mond Ryan Rampersad said yes-
terday they were relieved the 28-
year-old no longer had to be
looking over his shoulders.
The relatives, who requested they
not be identified, spoke with mem-
bers of the media yesterday at the
Forensic Science Centre, St James.
They said Rampersad, a father
of one, had a colourful history but
was slowly changing. They said,
however, they were hurt by his
Rampersad, according to police
reports, died at the Port-of-Spain
General Hospital on Thursday night
while undergoing emergency sur-
He was shot while liming with
another man, Dwight "Psycho"
Campbell, at Upper L Anse Mitan
Road, Carenage. Campbell was shot
once in the right knee while Ram-
persad was shot several times about
Police are yet to confirm a motive
for his killing. Investigators said
Rampersad recently made a report
to the Carenage Police Station that
his life was being threatened.
During the state of emergency
in 2011 Rampersad was one of the
300-plus men who were detained
for being either a gang member or
a gang leader.
Like all others he was ordered
released by the Director of Public
Prosecutions Roger Gaspard due
to a lack of evidence.
T&T national Doreen Alexan-
der, the common-law wife of
murdered US soldier Balram
"Balo" Maharaj, was sentenced
on Thursday to 20 years in jail
for her role in his 2005 kidnap-
A statement released yesterday
by the US Department of Justice
said Alexander, who was extra-
dited to the US on March 31,
pleaded guilty on October 3 to
conspiracy to commit hostage-
This was a lesser offence
included under count one of the
indictment, which charged con-
spiracy to commit hostage taking
that resulted in death.
Alexander, 47, of Arima, was
sentenced by US District Judge
Emmet G Sullivan in the District
of Columbia. Sullivan also sen-
tenced Alexander to serve five
years of supervised release to fol-
low her prison term.
Alexander was the last charged
co-conspirator involved in the
kidnapping of Maharaj.
T&T nationals Zion Clarke,
Kevon Demerieux, Wayne Pierre,
Ricardo De Four, Anderson Strak-
er, Christopher Sealey and Kevin
Nixon were all found guilty and
have been sentenced to life in
prison in the US.
The seven filed motions after
the convictions, seeking a new
trial or total freedom.
Russell Joseph, Wayne Gittens
and former soldier Jason Percival
were all state witnesses and a
fourth man, David Suchit, were
freed in 2007.
According to court documents,
Alexander initiated the April 2005
kidnapping of Maharaj and pro-
vided information that allowed
the kidnappers to identify, locate
and track Maharaj.
Alexander alerted the kidnap-
pers to Maharaj s visits to T&T;
gave them information on his
wealth, which was used to cal-
culate the ransom, and reassured
the kidnappers they had the right
man after the ransom negotia-
tions went awry. Maharaj died as
a result of the kidnapping.
They were accused of holding
Maharaj hostage, which resulted
in his death.
Maharaj, 62, a Trinidadian, was
kidnapped on April 6, 2005, from
the Samaan Tree Bar, Aranguez,
and detained in the Santa Cruz
Relatives received demands for
a $3 million ransom for his safe
release but Maharaj died while in
captivity and no ransom was paid.
His remains were found in two
containers in the Santa Cruz for-
est on January 8, 2006.
A soldier has been ordered kept in custody
after appearing in court yesterday charged with
indecently assaulting a 12-year-old girl.
Anthony Lewis, 40, a corporal, who was sta-
tioned at Tetron barracks, Chaguaramas, was denied
bail when he appeared in the Port-of-Spain Mag-
istrates Court before Magistrate Indrani Cedeno.
He is accused of fondling the girl between
November 17 and 20 when he visited the home
of the child in Arouca.
A report was made to the police on December
7 and Senior Superintendent David Abraham, Sgt
Husten and WPC Eugene of the Norther Division
investigated the matter and arrested Lewis on
He was kept at the barracks pending his court
Sgt Husten of the Northern Division laid the
The case was adjourned to January 6.
20 years jail
Kidnapping of 'Balo' Maharaj...
killed in Carenage
No bail for soldier
on sex charge
Balram "Balo" Maharaj
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