Fatal shooting in Moruga in 2011 …”COP TAKES ON DPP”

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The inordinate delay in bringing prisoners to trial, will have its sequel in the court…again!

In the past, trials have been permanently stayed on the ground of delay. Well, one prisoner, a police officer, is taking the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to task over the failure to bring him and five of his colleagues to trial on a charge of murder.

Last Friday, Justice Ronnie Boodoosingh granted leave to PC Safraz Juman to file for judicial review over the failure of the DPP’s Office to file an indictment against him and his colleagues since the end of their preliminary inquiry, almost five years ago.

Juman is saying that the delay is affecting his ability to present his defence as his defence witnesses are either seriously ill or in the process of migrating.

According to his application, Juman is questioning why the indictment has not been filed after the six were committed to stand trial at the end of their preliminary inquiry in Princes Town Magistrates’ Court on July 15, 2013.

In his case, Juman’s lawyers noted that the depositions were sent in September 2015 and were collected by DPP Roger Gapsard, SC, who is personally prosecuting the case.

Alana Duncan, 27, of Duncan Village, San Fernando, Kerron Eccles, 29, and 20-year-old Abigail Johnson, both of St Mary’s Village, Moruga, were killed on July 22, 2011.

The friends were driving in Duncan’s vehicle when it was stopped by police at the corner of Rochard Douglas Road and Guness Trace Junction in Barrackpore.

Reports revealed that the friends shot at the police, who returned fire.

Sgt Khemraj Sahadeo and PCs Renaldo Reviero, Glenn Singh, Roger Nicholas, Safraz Juman, Antonio Ramadin and Clement were eventually charged with the murders.

The charge against Clement was eventually dropped after she agreed to testify against her colleagues of the San Fernando Robbery Squad.

The friends’ relatives have filed a wrongful death case against the State seeking $2 million in compensation for each family.

When the case came up for trial in February, the State failed to call any witnesses to defend the multi-million negligence claim.

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