Breakthrough after one year …BODY IN THE GRAVE

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 Police have made a breakthrough in a murder case in which the victim was buried in a shallow grave for a month.

Ricardo James,  25, also known as Doodie, appeared before Senior Magistrate Debra Quintyne in the Sangre Grande Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, charged with the murder of Donald Javel Pierre, who had been reported missing on January 20, 2016.

The victim’s body was found buried in a hole 20 feet deep, a month later, at Pine Road, Vega de Oropouche, Sangre Grande.

Pierre died from a gunshot wound.

Pierre, 20, lived at Manzanilla Main Road, Manzanilla, while the accused resided at Rampersad Trace, Vega de Oropouche, Sangre Grande.

On Wednesday, instructions were received from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Roger Gaspard SC, to charge James with murder. PC Travis Chatar of the Homicide Bureau of Investigations, Region II, laid the charge.  The matter has been postponed to March 29. 

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