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STORIES BY SASCHA WILSON
Rio Claro resident Don
Sutherland testified yesterday
how his head was almost
chopped off by his cousin, who
accused him of stealing his sis-
ter s eggs ten years ago.
He was the first witness called
yesterday as state attorney Angel-
ica Teelucksingh began leading
evidence against Steve Edward,
who is charged with attempted
murder and wounding with
Edward, who is before Justice
Hayden St Clair-Douglas in the
San Fernando First Assizes, is
accused of chopping Sutherland
on the jaw on May 20, 2004 in
front of Edward s home at Broth-
ers Road, Rio Claro.
Sutherland, who claimed
Edward was his best friend, said
earlier that day he met Edward s
sister, Patricia, at a bar in the vil-
lage and she accused him of steal-
ing her eggs.
He said he went home and told
his common-law-wife, Samantha
Rampersad, what had happened
and they went to Patricia s home
to clear his name.
Sutherland claimed the eggs
were stolen by children who broke
them in Edward s yard. Edward
lived next door to his sister Patri-
cia.However, he said, on the way
he saw Edward passing in a car
When he told Edward what was
being said, Sutherland said
Edward told him he was not get-
ting involved and was heading to
a bar to take a drink.
Sutherland said when he got
there he saw Patricia, Edward s
wife, Gabby, and their children
in Edward s yard.
He said he asked Patricia for
her husband, whom he knew as
"Nancy," but he was not home.
He said he tried to explain that
he did not steal the eggs but an
About ten minutes later
Sutherland claimed he saw
Edward walking down the hill
with a cutlass in his hand.
Edward also accused him of
stealing the eggs, he said, and
began pushing him up the hill,
saying that when Nancy returned
home both of them were going
to kill him.
Demonstrating to the court,
Sutherland said Edward pushed
his chin up and chopped him
across the lower jaw.
"If my head did not come
down in time it woulda chop off
my neck clean," he said
He received stitches and spent
three days at the San Fernando
However, in cross-examination,
attorney Cedric Neptune sug-
gested to Sutherland he went to
Edward s home armed with the
cutlass because he was angry
about being labelled an egg-thief.
It was suggested to Sutherland
he had attacked Edward, a strug-
gled ensued and he was injured.
Sutherland, however, denied
all of that and also insisted that
Edward had threatened to kill
The case continues tomorrow.
A 20-year-old man who was
recently released from prison was
sentenced yesterday to five more
years in jail for robbing a business-
woman of $58,000 at gunpoint.
Abdulah Mustapha was not sure
how to plead to the charge of rob-
bery with aggravation after Deputy
Chief Magistrate Mark Wellington
read it to him, but eventually admit-
ted to the crime.
The charge alleged that on May
23, along with another person, he
went to Macaulay Members Club,
Union Road, St Margaret s, Claxton
Bay, where he robbed Sharlene Pur-
cell of $58,000.
Prosecutor Cleyon Seedan said
PC Nicholas Rampersad of the St
Margaret s Police Station investigated
the crime and on June 27 he met
Mustapha at the San Fernando
Later that day Mustapha was put
on an identification parade and was
pointed out by Purcell as one of the
men who robbed her.
Seedan said they did not have
Mustapha s criminal record but the
police officer who laid the charge
said the prisoner was recently
released from prison.
Mustapha admitted to serving a
prison term for housebreaking and
Asked if there was any reason
why the court should not pass sen-
tence on him, Mustapha said he was
led by bad company.
Wellington, who was presiding
in the San Fernando First Court,
told him he was an adult. "You are
a big man."
The money was not recovered.
Six years after being charged
with unlawfully procuring two
2008 CXC papers, Mikquel Torres
was found not guilty on both
Torres, 26, who was then a stu-
dent of St Michael s College and
had been placed on $1 million bail,
was freed by San Fernando Mag-
istrate Lisa Ramsumair-Hinds, who
ruled that the prosecution s evi-
dence was insufficient.
He was accused of being in pos-
session of the May/June Mathe-
matics Paper 2 and English A Paper
2 exam papers between May 14
and May 19, contrary to the
Caribbean Examinations Council
He first appeared in court on
May 23, 2008 and pleaded not
The State led evidence from six
witnesses, including two from the
Caribbean Examination Council,
a Ministry of Education official, a
Justice of the Peace and two police
The police complainant, Insp
Gilbert Kennedy, did not give evi-
At the end of the trial, which
began in September 2011, defence
attorney Michael Rooplal made a
And although the magistrate
overruled the submission yesterday,
she found the prosecution had
failed to prove the charges against
Torres beyond a reasonable doubt.
He opted not to give evidence
or call witnesses.
He was among several young
people charged with those offences
in 2008 which resulted in the
exams having to be reset.
However, the cases were dis-
missed last year.
My head was
nearly chopped off
Witness in attempted murder trial over stolen eggs:
Ex-convict gets five
years for armed robbery
Man charged with
CXC fraud freed
Don Sutherland leaves the San
Fernando High Court after
testifying against his cousin
Steve Edward who is on trial for
attempting to murder him ten
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