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NOW OPENING ON
A man who is serving
at least 40 years for the
brutal killings of three
people shocked court
officials yesterday when
he threw a packet of
marijuana at a presiding
Convicted killer Lester
Pitman was subdued by
police after the incident,
around 10.10 am, in the
Escorted to court yes-
terday by a prison officer,
Pitman reappeared on a
robbery charge dating
back to August 1999. He
complained about his
attorney's failure to visit
him at the Golden Grove
Prison, Arouca, claiming
he was denied an oppor-
tunity to proper repre-
that Legal Aid-appointed
attorney Darryl Worrell
failed to visit him in
prison to take instructions
on the case, hence his
As the case was called,
Magistrate Aden Stroude,
saying that he would rep-
resent himself. He was
cautioned about his
demeanour and decorum
after he interrupted
Stroude several times.
After hearing from Pit-
man he had not spoken
to Worrell, Stroude
advised Pitman to take
some time and talk to his
lawyer, following which
the matter would be
Responding to that
replied: "I doh business."
Stroude warned him
that his disrespect would
not be tolerated but Pit-
man continued to speak
over him, demanding that
another attorney should
be appointed for him.
As Stroude ordered
Pitman taken downstairs
to cool off and return
when he was ready to talk
and listen, Pitman raised
his voice and again said:
"I doh business bout dat,
As he spoke, Pitman
reached into his right
front pocket and pulled
out a clear packet with
marijuana and threw it in
Stroude's direction, say-
ing: "That's yours, you
could smoke that."
The packet landed at
the feet of another attor-
San Fernando police are investi-
gating the assault of a six-year-old
girl who was repeatedly raped for
three years by her grandfather.
Two weeks ago, the 54-year-old
Pleasantville man allegedly raped the
girl at their home, where they live
with the child's great-grandparents.
When police visited the house yes-
terday, the suspect could not be
The child was left in the care of
her grandfather and great-grandpar-
ents for more than a year after the
mother's common-law husband had
taken issue with the child living at
Police were told the unemployed
mother, who is in her mid-20s and
has two other daughters, reported
the incident two weeks ago after the
child complained to her.
The girl was taken to a health cen-
tre where she was examined by a
medical officer who confirmed she
had been sexually assaulted.
A 36-year-old Penal rigger
accused of the kidnapping, false
imprisonment and rape of a preg-
nant woman yesterday was granted
Brent Edwards, of Penal Rock
Road, who was arrested at his home
on Tuesday appeared before Siparia
Senior Magistrate Joanne Connor.
The alleged offences against the
30-year-old woman took place on
last December 12. Because the charges
were filed indictably, Edwards was
not called upon to plead.
In asking for bail, defence attorney
Ramnarine Soorjansingh said he was
not married, had no children and no
previous convictions or pending mat-
Prosecutor Sgt Sheldon Ablacks-
ingh said Edwards had one previous
conviction for house-breaking and
larceny for which he served 40 hours
community service but he did not
object to bail.
PC Thompson of the Penal Police
Station charged Edwards. The matter
was adjourned to July 9.
ney seated at the bench.
Police, led by Sgt Hen-
derson Andrews, retrieved
the packet and led Pit-
man out of the court. No
other items were found
on him when he was
searched after the inci-
When the matter was
recalled shortly before
noon, Worrell admitted
he had been unable to
meet with Pitman
because of other cases.
Pitman was charged
with armed robbery after
an incident on August 3,
1999, at Bushe Street,
San Juan, during which
he allegedly robbed a
couple of $125 as they
were selling ice-cream.
Stroude later adjourned
that matter to July 3.
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$100,000 bail for
man on rape charge
Police probe assault on
girl, 6, by grandfather
with ganja packet
After yesterday's incident, Pitman was charged by PC
Bheepath of the Court and Process Branch with possession
of four grammes of marijuana and wilfully interrupting the
proceedings of the Fifth Court.
Appearing unrepresented before Magistrate Cheron
Raphael in the 11th Court, Pitman pleaded not guilty.
On the issue of bail, Pitman said: "It won't make sense. I
am waiting on this matter as I appeal it in England." Pitman
has appealed the 40-year sentence imposed by the Appeal
Court and is awaiting the outcome of that case.
He will also reappear before the 10th Court on July 3 in
relation to the latest charges.
ARE PRISONERS SEARCHED?
Police yesterday expressed shock over the incident as
they tried to find out from where Pitman got the drugs.
They were unable to provide any explanation, except to
say that prisoners brought to court by prisons officers
were not searched by court and process police as they
were under the care and control of prison officers who
were responsible for searching them before bringing them
to the court.
A senior officer said yesterday's incident would result in
new procedures having to be implemented to ensure the
safety of court officials, staff, police and prison officers and
the civilian public.
THE CROPPER MURDERS
Pitman was convicted in 2004 and sentenced to hang
in 2005 for the murders on December 11, 2001 in Cascade
of Maggie Lee, Lynette Pearson and John Cropper.
After an appeal, heard by Chief Justice Ivor Archie and
Justices of Appeal Paula Mae Weekes and Alice Yorke
Soo Hon, Pitman's sentence was commuted to life in
December 2013, with Archie ordering that Pitman serve a
minimum of 40 years in prison.
As he had spent more than five years in custody after
his conviction, Archie's decision followed the guideline
from the case of Pratt and Morgan, which prohibits the
State from executing a prisoner who has been on death
row for five years or more after being convicted.
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