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Gregory Lange, the 64-year-old man from
Arouca who police originally believed died in
a sex act was in fact murdered.
Detectives of the Region Two Homicide Bureau
reclassified his death yesterday after an autopsy
by forensic pathologist Dr Valery Alexandrov
showed he was strangled and beaten to death.
Alexandrov, in a telephone interview yesterday
evening, said ligature marks on his neck and
blunt-force trauma to his head showed his stran-
gulation was not self-inflicted.
"His eyes were bloody and he was most likely
beaten with a simple weapon, such as a fist,"
Lange, who worked at Optometrists Today,
was found by colleagues who went to his home
at Albert Street, Arouca, after he failed to show
up at work on Monday and did not answer his
Alexandrov said yesterday the friends who
found him made a "terrible mistake" when they
removed the belt they found wrapped around
his neck and the clothing used to bind his hands
behind his back.
He said he had asked crime scene investigators
for these pieces of evidence so he could recreate
the crime scene to complete his post-mortem
report. He also took swabs from Lange s body
to determine if he was sexually assaulted, as first
suspected by investigators.
Insp Mark Maharaj and Sgt Rene Katwaroo
of the Northern Division are continuing inves-
The T&T Publishers and Broadcasters Asso-
ciation (TTPBA) says the Government should
engage media associations and other stake-
holders to redraft and revise the Cybercrime
Bill as it may undermine investigative jour-
In a release yesterday, it expressed concern
and disappointment in the bill and said it had
the potential to muzzle the media.
"The Government has shown its willingness
to discuss such issues before and we ask that
it engages the TTPBA and other stakeholders
again in order to work in the best interest of
our democracy," the release added.
The association said it seemed no thought
was given to the repercussions of a free media
nor to its role as watchdogs of the nation.
"We appeal to the Government to begin a
round of consultation and to work with stake-
holder associations so that a better way forward
can be defined," it added.
The association noted other examples of
recent legislation which could threaten the
work of journalists, such as the Criminal Libel
and Defamation Act and the Data Protection
In the case of the Criminal Libel and Defama-
tion Act, partial revisions had been made, it
said, but the Data Protection Act still needed
to be addressed.
"The TTPBA understand the need for a
Cybercrime Bill but we urge Government to
strongly reconsider this and any other legislation
which may ultimately result in the demise of
"We look forward to being part of a stake-
holder consultation and lending our assistance
and co-operation for a revised bill," it said.
Shawn Marcelline was sen-
tenced to death by hanging
yesterday after a jury in the
San Fernando High Court
found him guilty of murdering
his common-law wife 11 years
It took the 12-member jury
just under three hours to agree
on the verdict against the 45-
year-old Princes Town man,
who was accused of stabbing
his wife of 16 years, Juliet Cum-
mings, 19 times.
She died on August 2, 2003
at the Nipdec car park, Princes
Town, where the New Grant
maxi taxi stand was situated.
Asked if he had anything to
say before he was sentenced,
Marcelline remained silent.
He and his wife lived with
their four children on the
ground floor of his mother-in-
law s house at Monkey Town,
They separated in May 2003
after he confronted her about
allegations she was having an
affair which resulted in an alter-
cation. The police were called
and he left with them.
In her evidence, presented by
state attorney Trevor Jones
before Justice Norton Jack in
the Second Assizes, the jury
heard that Cummings took out
a restraining order against him
which was subsequently dis-
missed. She also took him to
court for child maintenance.
Marcelline, who opted to give
evidence, wept in court, claim-
ing he remembered scuffling
with Cummings in the maxi taxi
but not what happened after.
Maxi taxi driver Roger Jitta
testified he heard Cummings
telling someone repeatedly as
she entered his maxi not to fol-
Jitta said a man came in and
sat close to her and there was
an exchange of words. He felt
the maxi rocking and when he
looked around he saw the man,
whom he could not identify,
Jitta said he only realised that
the man had a knife when he
saw him stab her in the eye.
The other passengers ran out
of the maxi and despite the large
crowd gathered, no one came
to Cummings assistance.
The man then dragged her
out of the maxi. Jitta, who was
trying to call the police, said the
next thing he saw was the man
kneeling next to Cummings
before he ran off.
In an interview with the
police, Marcelline also claimed
he could not remember what
happened but recalled seeing
Cummings in Princes Town and
said she told him he would
"make jail until he dead."
In his evidence, Marcelline
said after the separation Cum-
mings did not allow him to see
his children. He said when he
met her on the maxi stand he
again asked to see the children
and asked why she had him in
court for child maintenance
when he took care of them.
Marcelline admitted he fol-
lowed her into the maxi, she
started quarrelling with him and
he got up to leave. He claimed
she slapped him, they began
scuffling and that was all he
could remember. The next day
his sister told him he had killed
He was arrested by Insp
Fitzgerald George at his sister s
Princes Town home and charged
by Supt Steven Maynard.
Some 16 state witnesses tes-
tified. Marcelline, who was rep-
resented by attorney El Farouk
Hosein, instructed by Annalee
Girwar, did not call any wit-
None of Cummings relatives
were in court.
Wife-killer to hang
Govt must revise
A Sri Lankan national who
created a fictitious bank account
statement to try to secure a $1.9
million loan from another
financial institution was yes-
terday fined $7,500.
Anoj Janaka Adrikari
Mudiyanselage, 40, who has
been living in T&T for 14 years,
pleaded guilty before San Fer-
nando Second Court Magistrate
Siumungal Ramsaran to two
charges arising out of the fraud-
Court prosecutor Sgt Veano
Ragoo said the accused went to
the RBC Royal Bank, San Fer-
nando, to obtain a loan on Feb-
In doing so, Ragoo said he pre-
sented a statement from First
Citizen Bank Ltd s branch at
Montrose Main Road, Chagua-
nas, for the period November 23,
2013 to April 11, 2014 claiming
he had a balance of $243,352.81.
The statement was accepted
and submitted with other doc-
uments for the loan approval.
However, it was subsequently
discovered the FCB account did
The Fraud Squad was con-
tacted and Mudiyanselage was
The magistrate, however, dis-
missed the first charge which
stated he attempted to defraud
the bank by obtaining the loan
using false documents.
Explaining that the wording
of the charge was wrong, he said
the facts outlined did not estab-
lish the offence since Mudiyanse-
lage did not obtain the loan.
On the second charge of utter-
ing a false document, his attorney
Dane Halls said his client acted
out of desperation rather than
to deceive because he had gone
vious occasion and was reject-
ed.Asking for a non-custodial
sentence, he said his client was
a first time offender, pleaded
guilty and it was a non-violent
He added that Mudiyanselage,
the father of two---ages ten and
11---was remorseful. The mag-
istrate ordered the accused to
pay the money in three months
or serve three years in jail. (SW)
Sri Lankan on $1.9m fraud charge fined
Arouca man was
beaten to death
Charles, left, Devon
Foundation for the
Scoon, Neil "Iwer"
George, Minister of
Lincoln Douglas and
Sylvester pose for a
photo after the Play
Power Soca Monarch
prizegiving at the
Queen's Park Oval,
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