Some time later, Carrie went to the toy room only to find that the children were ”making mess.”
Around that time, Akiel’s aunt Valerie Pascall turned up to collect Akiel. “We started to look for Akiel. We were shouting his name. I did not look in the pool because he said he couldn’t swim. The pool started to turn ”milky.”
He asked if Akiel’s body was found. He was speaking to Carrie’s mother at the front gate. She could not remember if her mother gave a response. Questioned by the Coroner, Carrie said when she was swimming the following morning, she was not looking for a body. It never occurred to her that Akiel drowned and was in her pool.
Saturday, the pool would have been clear.
But he denied ever dropping Akiel to school on mornings. Although he worked at 119 Henry Street, Port-of-Spain, Young said he never knew that Akiel lived at 80-82 Henry Street.
Young said the police asked those questions because they were searching for Akiel.
“My wife answered the phone and passed it to me. I turned pale.” Young said the water in the swimming pool on May 23, 1998 was clear. He could have seen the bottom of the pool.
There were about 28 kids in the pool. I agree there was not proper supervision. But priority began with my kids. The supervision wasn’t done properly because a child went missing.” Craigwell said everyone started asking for Akiel. “When he wasn’t found, I looked in the pool. I looked with my eyes…”
Craigwell said he did not see Young give any swim trunks to Akiel that day. He did not see Akiel walking around the pool.
Craigwell said he left about a year. Since he migrated to the US, he said he has been back in Trinidad more than 20 times.
Anthony said he attended the birthday party for Carrie James in Maraval on May 23, 1998. When he got there, there were children bathing in the pool. He said most of the children there were classmates of his brother Christopher. He could not recall the names of these children.
Although he saw Young hand Akiel the red trunks, he did not see Akiel put them on.
How did I remember him?
It was obvious to all that they were not related, but this man was behind this little boy. If the boy went inside to use the washroom, this man was following him. I thought nothing about it until everything started to unfold. If I had only known, I may have intervened, but there was nothing strange at the time.