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The case against a police officer accused
of killing a Sea Lots, Port-of-Spain, woman
and her two children last year inched ahead
yesterday with the testimony of a police
The State is proceeding by way of paper
committal and has submitted 24 witness
statements. The defence can ask to cross-
examine the witnesses.
Taking the witness stand yesterday was
Sgt Amos Sylvester of the Closed Circuit
TV Unit of the Police Service.
State prosecutor Shelly Ann Gajadhar
asked the defence for a list of witnesses
whom they intended to cross-examine so
that judicial time would not be wasted.
Gajadhar made the request after Chief Mag-
istrate Marcia Ayers-Caesar said more could
have been done yesterday. The hearing lasted
only 20 minutes.
Defence attorney Joseph Honore acceded
to the request before the matter was
adjourned to May 7.
PC Sherwin Legere, of Bhagna Trace,
Chase Village, is charged with causing the
death of Haydee Paul, 28, and her daugh-
ters---Akasha, eight, and Shakira, seven---by
The three were killed instantly on February
24, 2013 while walking along the pavement
on the southern side of the Beetham High-
way, near Pioneer Drive, Sea Lots.
Three of their neighbours---Abigail Assing,
31, Ryan Rampersad, 20, and Amanda Lalla,
50--- were also seriously injured in the crash.
While Assing and Lalla recovered from
their injuries within a couple of months,
Rampersad, who was left almost completely
paralysed, was only released from hospital
on Christmas Eve last year.
The 37-year-old officer, who was last
assigned to the Guard and Emergency, is
also accused of driving dangerously. He is
currently suspended from active duty.
Four guns and over 300 rounds of
assorted ammunition were seized by Cen-
tral police yesterday after they raided a
The suspect who had been carrying the
bag with the guns managed to escape.
Head of the Central Division Senior Supt
Johnny Abraham said police had a house at
Poui Drive, Homeland Gardens, under sur-
veillance and moved in early yesterday.
He said as the police approached they
saw an occupant of the house with a bag
in his hand but the suspect dropped the
bag and ran. An arrest warrant has been
issued for him. Police also found three bul-
letproof vests which appeared to be similar
to those issued to police.
Abraham said police also found an AR 15
automatic rifle, a lightweight, 5.56 mm cal-
ibre, magazine-fed, air-cooled rifle with a
rotating-lock bolt; an Israeli mini UZI semi-
automatic rifle, which is capable of firing
600 rounds a minute of 9 mm ammunition;
an MK1 machine gun and a .357 magnum
with a scope. Central police also arrested
35 people for various offences, including
possession of marijuana, robbery and out-
standing warrants. In a separate raid, the
Organised Crime and Narcotics and Firearms
Bureau said they destroyed approximately
27,500 fully-grown marijuana trees in the
Biche forest on Tuesday.
Police went to the area and found the
plantation near a ranch during an eradication
exercise which began at 9 am and ended at
3 pm. They also seized close to 32 kilo-
grammes of cured marijuana on the ranch.
No one was arrested. The exercise was led
by Insp Ken Lutchman and Cpl Garcia.
Police are awaiting the results of tests on a
liquid seized from a Couva restaurant on Mon-
day after three Dominican Republic citizens
were taken to hospital for suspected poison-
Up to yesterday,
Antonia Mardez, 49,
was still in a critical
doctors had man-
aged to stabilise
Vasquez, 42, and
Lucineris Mato, 29,
at the San Fernando
The three work at
J-ZZ s International
Steak House, at the
corner of Gibbs
Street and Southern
Main Road, Couva.
Police said the
women had drunk a
drink prepared in the restaurant s kitchen on
Monday evening but soon began convulsing
and falling to the ground frothing at the mouth.
Colleagues took them to the Couva District
Health Facility around 5 pm but by the time
they got there they were unresponsive and were
transferred to the SFGH.
The owner of the restaurant, Sham
Ramkissoon, told police he had been told the
women had consumed a drink earlier on but
could not say who prepared it or what it con-
Couva CID detectives, led by Sgt Mohammed,
seized a white container and a green cup con-
taining a green cloudy liquid which they suspect
was mixed with pesticide.
The women were all staying at Junan Street,
Police investigating the incident have also
raised questions about the legitimacy of the
women s employment and stay in T&T.
Sr Supt Johnny Abraham said apart from the
three, there were several other foreign nationals
employed at the restaurant and surrounding
businesses and the Immigration Division of the
Ministry of National Security had been con-
tacted to determine whether they were in the
seized in Cunupia
...Suspect drops bag and escapes
Sea Lots accident case
seized a white
container and a
was mixed with
PC Sherwin Legere, right, leaves the Port-of-
Spain Magistrates Court yesterday with his
attorney Joseph Honore, after appearing on
charges relating to the accident in Sea Lots
in 2013. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
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