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Joel Pompey was taken to hospital on Wednesday before he was able to appear in court charged with the murder of his stepson.
But he was well enough on Thursday to return to the court to face the magistrate.

Pompey, 59, a retired WASA worker, was hit with seven charges arising out of the murder of his stepson, Josiah Martinez, 16.

In addition to the murder charge, Pompey was also accused of illegally having in his possession a firearm and several rounds of ammunition, shooting at another person with intent to do her grievous bodily harm, and assaulting two police officers while in custody at the Morvant Police Station.

Pompey made his appearance before Chief Magistrate Marcia Ayers-Caesar in the Port of Spain Magistrates’ Court after Martinez was shot dead on the night of December 16, at Upper Seventh Avenue, Barataria.

Pompey was scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday but had to taken to hospital that day for treatment after he complained of feeling unwell.

During the appearance on Thursday, Pompey, who was represented by attorney Abigail Roach, was not called upon to plead to any of the charges except the two in which he is accused of assaulting the two officers.

According to the charges, on December 16, at Upper Seventh Avenue, he murdered Martinez; had in his possession a firearm; had in his possession ammunition and shot at Keisha Etienne with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

It was further alleged that on December 22, at Upper Seventh Avenue, he had in his possession seven rounds of ammunition, not being to holder of a Firearm Users’ Licence (FUL) to possess such ammunition and assaulting PC Cato and WPC Ramdeen at the Morvant Police Station on December 27.

Pompey pleaded not guilty to the assault charges.

Pompey was captured by a group of women at a church in the Barataria area two days after Martinez was killed and later handed over to police. He was remanded into prison custody and will next appear in court on January 26.

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