Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 4th 2014 Contents Merritt s cross-examination followed that of Colin
Selvon, whose client, Earl Trimmingham, was alleged
to have led Boxhill to a make-shift camp in a forested
area in the community where they claimed they
found two pieces of evidence, a ski mask and a
Using photos and a video recording of the raid,
which took place three weeks after Naipaul-Cool-
man was abducted in front of her home at Lange
Park, Chaguanas, Selvon disputed Boxhill s tes-
timony on Trimmingham s assistance to inves-
Selvon claimed his client did not point out the
area to police and was not present when the items
Although he admitted that Trimmingham was
not shown in the video or the photographs, Boxhill
still maintained he was present.
Selvon also took issue with Boxhill labelling of
the area as camp, as he said the photographs
clearly showed there was no structure built under
the tree where the items were found.
In response, Boxhill noted it was Trimmingham
who first called the location a camp, when he
told him (Boxhill) the area was being used by sev-
eral of his co-accused.
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Prosecutors in the Vindra Naipaul-Coolman mur-
der trial have revealed that a police station diary
with details of a gun found in a raid of the homes
of some of the 12 accused men from La Puerta
Avenue, Diego Martin, is missing.
The admission was made by lead prosecutor Israel
Khan, SC, during the cross-examination of the State
witness Supt Radcliffe Boxhill in the Port-of-Spain
Second Criminal Court yesterday.
Khan was responding to a request from Mario
Merritt, the defence attorney for three of the accused
men, who was seeking to use the diary to question
Boxhill on whether an entry was made relating to
the seizure of the gun at the home of one of the
accused during the raid on January 6, 2007.
Merritt drew an objection from Khan when he
asked Boxhill if he would be surprised to know that
an entry was not made.
Presiding judge Malcolm Holdip upheld the objec-
tion and said Boxhill was not in a position to answer
the question because he neither found the gun nor
made the entry in the diary.
In an attempt to facilitate the request, prosecutors
presented Merritt with an extract from the diary
which was made before it was misplaced. It was
shown to Boxhill for him to try to identify the police
who wrote it. He could not.
After allowing him to read the document, Merritt
suggested that it also did not contain any mention
of the gun.
Before Boxhill could answer, Khan intervened again,
prompting Holdip to then analyse the extract himself.
Immediately after reading it, Holdip informed the
12-member jury with five alternates that the case
would be adjourned to Monday to facilitate a legal
issue which had arisen.
At the start of his testimony earlier this week,
Boxhill, who was assigned to the Criminal Intelligence
Unit at the time of the Xtra Foods chief executive s
kidnapping, said investigators began focusing on the
accused men after he received information from an
Jury hears of missing station diary 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
A 13th accused,
Raphael Williams, died in
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