One of the four persons charged with kidnapping a child 12 years ago, was shot dead on Saturday night in Vistabella, South Trinidad.
Jonathan Moonsammy, 35, was liming at Solomon Street, Vistabella, when two men walked up to him and opened fire at around 8 p.m. Residents said he ran a short distance and collapsed outside a nearby church.
Moonsammy who lived at Crawford Street, Vistabella, died at the scene.
The body was removed to the Forensic Sciences Center, Federation Park, for an autopsy on Monday. Police could not say if Moonsammy’s killing was related to the kidnapping. But they have ruled out robbery as the killers fled after the shooting.
The kidnapping case was called in the San Fernando High Court in 2016, but postponed.
Kimberly Moonsammy, 34, a teacher at Giselle’s Montessori kindergarten in Vistabella where the victim attended, and three others charged with the kidnapping of Moonsammy’s student, Saada Singh, aged three. Also charged were: Moonsammy’s cousin, Jonathan Moonsammy, Coleen “Michelle” Osbourne, 34, and Keston Franklyn, 37. The four were granted bail with conditions.
The four first appeared before then Deputy Chief Magistrate Mark Wellington who read the charge that on Thursday June 3, 2004, at Archibald Street in Vistabella, they unlawfully took and carried away Saada Singh.
The child was found two days later wandering in Siparia. She had allegedly been kept at a house in Guapo. No ransom was ever paid.