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The Vindra Naipaul-Coolman murder
trial had to be adjourned suddenly yes-
terday after an alternate juror was taken
to hospital suffering from a severe asthma
The juror s medical condition presented
itself around midday as defence attorneys
were about to begin their cross-examination
of the State s latest witness Supt Radcliffe
Boxhill, who began his evidence on Tuesday.
Presiding Judge Malcolm Holdip informed
the court of the issue and said an ambulance
had been called to take the juror for treat-
He said Boxhill s testimony could not
continue in the juror s absence and as such
the case had to be adjourned.
About 20 minutes later, Emergency Health
Services (EHS) staff arrived outside the Hall
of Justice, Knox Street, Port-of-Spain, and
were seen using a stretcher to wheel the
ailing juror out of the court.
During his brief address, Holdip also
informed one of the 12 accused men, Antonio
Charles, that the court had made arrange-
ments for him to visit a chiropractor after
today s hearing, to address back pain he had
been complaining of during the trial.
At the start of his testimony, Boxhill, a
homicide detective who was attached to the
Criminal Intelligence Unit (CIU) when the
Xtra Foods chief executive was abducted in
front of her Chaguanas home on December
19, 2006, said investigators turned their
attention the accused men after he received
credible information from an informant.
He said after receiving the information
he and a large contingent of police and sol-
diers raided the homes of some of the
accused men at Upper La Puerta Avenue,
Diego Martin, on January 6, 2007.
Boxhill said he spoke to two of the accused
men---Shervon Peters and Earl Trimming-
ham---who both denied being involved in
the businesswoman s abduction.
However, he claimed Trimmingham
pointed out an area, known as the spring,
which he said was being used as a camp by
Peters and some of the other accused.
Boxhill revealed when they went there,
they found a structure under a silk cotton
tree made out of wood and metal, in which
crime scene investigators found cigarette
butts, a latex glove and a black ski mask.
Adjournment as juror
suffers asthma attack
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
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.
WHO'S IN COURT
Give the perpetrators of the Hindu Credit Union
debacle a "steel embrace"... with bars.
That s the recommendation of Independent Senator
Rolph Balgobin who spoke in the Senate yesterday
on legislation to provide for purchase by Government
of certain rights belonging to HCU shareholders and
depositors. It pertains to those with deposits over
Slamming those who caused HCU to fail, Balgobin
said: "It will be immediately important for me to
hear what we intend to do with the folks who have
perpetrated this act that hurt so many people and
injured trust in the financial system."
He said it was fundamentally unfair people were
denied their money and the innocent suffered while
the guilty walked free.
Balgobin said in a lawful society the rule of law
"must reach out and touch people who have broken
the law, robbed people and willfully stolen.
"I feel they (perpetrators) can use a touch and
we should reach out and touch them, embrace
them, a steel embrace , with bars if possible,"
Balgobin said HCU failed spectacularly and helped
precipitate a local financial crisis in an economy that
had weathered the global financial crisis very well.
"The breathtaking speed of the Allan Stanford
issue was not mirrored here," he said, noting former
US financier Stanford now on a 110-year prison sen-
tence for fraud and Ponzi scheme perpetration.
He added: "As a consequence for this particular
Senator on HCU debacle:
They need a steel
crisis, nobody s in jail but the innocent suffered.
"Stanford hid but these guys (HCU princi-
pals)...? What does this say about us? Even as
we are remedying the situation there ought to
be a determination of culpability regarding those
who perpetrated his terrible act."
Balgobin and PNM Senator Stuart Young called
for safeguards against the possibility of "related
parties", such as those involved in HCU s former
governance "skating" under the system and
benefitting from the legislation.
"No skating allowed," Balgobin declared, calling
for the legislation to be extended back to a certain
period to prevent this.
Young said it was important to ensure "related
parties" could not assign their rights to a third
party and take a backdoor to access benefits.
Young said HCU s liquidator should give a snap-
shot of HCU s state of affairs.
Finance Minister Larry Howai, on concerns,
said the legislation would be set back to a 24-
month period to prevent related parties from
benefitting. Saying HCU was a failure of the
regulatory system, he added it ought not to have
Of HCU s $181 million in loans, Howai said
$139 million had been written off and all loan
assets could not be recovered.
"Assets that were found, such as in Carlsen
Field, HCU had no legal title to it "for some rea-
son," he added.
Howai said HCU s liabilities totalled $929 mil-
lion and when offset against assets, left a deficit
of about $700 million.
So far 19,000 depositors have been paid. The
administration of the bill would take a few
months to complete, he added.
PP Senator Devant Maharaj criticised the for-
mer PNM government, saying it was aware of
HCU s problems since 2002 as complaints,
including from the Maha Sabha, were circulat-
He said former prime minister Patrick Manning
covered for HCU and its president Harry Harnar-
ine, making junior finance minister Conrad Enill
apologise after Enill said HCU was being probed.
Maharaj added: "So the PNM cannot pretend
to be innocent bystanders in this train wreck
that was HCU.
"HCU was a Ponzi scheme taking money from
one area and putting it in another," Maharaj said,
adding Harnarine s "guru" was Clico s Lawrence
Maharaj said Harnarine, "the Warren Buffet
of Alligator Trace", tarnished the word "Hindu"
with HCU s issues.
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