Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 29th 2014 Contents A woman, accompa-
nying a disabled friend
home, was killed after
being hit from behind
by a car in Tobago on
Police reports stated
that around 9.45 pm,
Annie St John was
walking with amputee
Rolley Trinidad along
the Windward Road,
near the Kendal River,
Tobago, when they were
both struck by the vehi-
cle driven by Matthew
Eyewitnesses said St
John was thrown into
the air and first landed
on the bank of the river
before sliding into it.
Trinidad landed on
the side of the road and
sustained injuries to his
upper left chest and
shoulders, police said.
When Fire Services
officers arrived at the
scene of the accident, St
John's body was found
motionless in the water.
She was pronounced
dead at the scene.
Reports say she had sus-
tained severe injuries to
her skull, face and spine.
Her body was taken
to the Scarborough
General Hospital mor-
Trinidad and Reid
were taken to the Scar-
borough General Hos-
pital to be treated.
Investigations are con-
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Amid allegations t his wife s abduction
and murder was financially beneficial to
him, Rennie Coolman, the husband of for-
mer supermarket chief executive Vindra
Naipaul-Coolman, said he received the
smallest portion of her $2 million estate.
Coolman made the disclosure during
his fifth day of cross-examination before
Justice Malcolm Holdip in the trial of 12
men charged with his wife's murder.
He was responding to questions from
defence attorney Richard Valere who
claimed he had received close to
$1 million when he wife was
declared dead months after her
kidnapping on December 19,
"The estate was divided into
four parts with four beneficiaries.
It amounted to $500,000 each, as
opposed to the legal distribution of
50 per cent normally given to a
spouse," Coolman said.
When pressed further for details of the
distribution, Coolman claimed each of his
wife's three children from a previous marriage
received $.5 million, while he agreed to take the
remainder which amounted to approximately
He claimed since his wife did not have a will,
he and her relatives agreed to the four-way split
Valere also spent the majority of his cross-
examination questioning Coolman about his
personal finances and that of Naipaul-Cool-
When asked if he used money from their
$400,000 joint account to pay a bribe to
a woman, who had claimed that she could
bribe prosecutors to refrain from prosecuting him
(Coolman) in relation to the kidnapping, Coolman
said yes. He said he was authorised to do so as
he and his wife were both signatories to the
At a previous hearing, Coolman admitted paying
the $75,000 bribe after relatives and friends con-
vinced him he may be innocently charged in con-
nection with the crime.
Despite his admission Coolman was careful to
note that the remaining money in the account
was added to his wife estate before it was divided.
Holdip immediately intervened and informed
Valere and the 12-member jury and six alternates
that Coolman was not legally required to make
such a decision as he became the sole account
holder on the death of his wife.
Valere also refered to a house in Toronto, Cana-
da, which the couple purchased a year before
Naipaul-Coolman was kidnapped and was even-
tually sold after her death.
Coolman admitted there was a Can $42,000
difference in the selling and purchase price for
the property but claimed he did not make a profit
because of incidental fees, including taxes and a
substantial commission for the real estate agent.
He said the small profit he made in the sale was
also added to his wife's estate.
funds to maintain the house," Coolman said.
Earlier in yesterday's hearing, defence attorneys
took turns in asking Coolman about his relation-
ship with his wife, while alleging they were going
through a "rocky patch."
"Isn't it true that you and your wife were having
serious issues over the type of relationship you
had with your step-daughter?" attorney Ulric
Coolman: Not at all.
Skerritt also attempted to question Coolman
about his relationship with his in-laws, before
prosecutor Dana Seetahal, SC, intervened with
an objection which was upheld by Holdip.
Coolman's cross-examination continues this
morning. Once completed the State is expected
to call its next two witnesses, two police officers
assigned to the Anti-Kidnapping Unit who worked
on Naipaul-Coolman's investigation.
Husband got the least
Splitting of $2 million estate...
WHO'S IN COURT
The 12 men before the jury and Justice
Malcolm Holdip are: Allan "Scanny" Martin,
twin brothers Shervon and Devon Peters,
siblings Keida and Jamille Garcia and their
older brother Anthony Dwayne Gloster,
brothers Marlon and Earl Trimmingham,
Ronald Armstrong, Antonio Charles, Joel
Fraser and Lyndon James. A 13th man,
Raphael Williams, was charged with the
crime but died in prison in 2011 of
complications from sickle-cell anaemia.
Their legal team includes Ulric Skerritt,
Joseph Pantor, Selwyn Mohammed, Lennox
Sankersingh, Ian Brooks, Wayne Sturge,
Mario Merritt, Richard Valere, Kwesi Bekoe,
Colin Selvon, Vince Charles, Christian
Chandler, Delicia Helwig and Alexia Romero.
The prosecution team includes Senior
Counsel Israel Khan, Gilbert Peterson and
Dana Seetahal, who are being assisted by
Senior State prosecutors Joy Balkaran and
out of the Hall of
after a fifth day in
the witness stand.
Hours after crashing into a
pensioner and his two-year-
old daughter, a Claxton Bay
fabricator was found hanging
from a billboard off the
Solomon Hochoy Highway
Police suspect that 35-year-
old Sheldon Samaroo, of
Caratal Road, Forres Park, com-
mitted suicide but have not
ruled out foul play in his death.
Reports stated that around
6 pm Sunday, Samaroo was
driving his blue Nissan Sunny
B-14 when he collided with
Mohammed who was holding
his daughter Azhariah Ali, while
walking along Hermitage Road,
They were taken to the San
Fernando General Hospital
where Mohammed was being
treated for a broken leg, while
Azhariah spent the night for
observation and was later dis-
charged. According to police,
Samaroo reported the accident
but left the scene shortly after.
His car was impounded by
St Margaret's police but Sama-
roo never turned up at the sta-
tion nor his home. At 10.45
am yesterday a passerby saw
the body hanging from a bill-
board and contacted police.
Nanan and Kurt Persad---
arrived on the scene they found
Samaroo on the ground with
the rope from the billboard still
wrapped around his neck.
Police said due to the condition
of the body, it appeared that
he died on Sunday night.
Although the body lay sev-
eral metres off the road, traffic
piled up for miles as the scene
was in the plain sight of pass-
ing motorists. Family and
friends who gathered at the
scene believe Samaroo became
afraid and depressed after the
accident and decided to end
However, his sister Michelle
Samaroo wants police to
investigate further to deter-
mine whether her brother's
death was a suicide or a mur-
"I don't know if the people
beat him but I did not get to
see him. He never showed
signs of wanting to kill himself.
When they do an autopsy,
then we will know," Michelle
She said no one would have
expected Samaroo to commit
suicide as he was a good and
Recounting Sunday night's
ordeal, she said: "We don't
know where he went after he
got in a little accident and we
were looking for him. Then,
someone called us and said
they found him over here.
"I feel he got frightened
because this is the first time
he got in an accident. Maybe
he thought they were dead.
People said he was probably
intoxicated, so probably it was
Samaroo's body was taken
to the Forensic Science Cen-
tre, St James, pending an
Woman killed in
Man found hanging
from highway billboard
Hours after road accident...
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