Unable to see his daughter, a soldier became so incensed that he allegedly pulled out his gun and shot at a man. The man was wounded and the soldier’s daughter who was in the man’s arms, fell and later died at hospital.
On Thursday, the soldier appeared in court charged with wounding the man, and not his daughter.
Police said this is because no charge has yet been laid for the shooting death of the child, Soriah Martin, as investigating officers are waiting on instructions from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
Keros Martin, 29, of Jacelon Trace, Vega de Oropouche, Toco, appeared before Senior Magistrate Debra Quintyne in the Sangre Grande First Magistrates’ Court.
Martin was represented by attorney Don Lezama, who pleaded with Quintyne to grant bail for his client on grounds he has a clean police record and it was his first criminal offence, which was accepted.
Quintyne read the charge that on December 12, Martin shot Gregory Harracksingh at his Sangre Grande home, wounding him on his right arm.
The 29 -year-old, who is a Lance Corporal with12 years’ service in the Regiment, was not called upon to plead as the charge was laid indictably.
Martin was later granted $75,000 bail on condition he must not have any conversation with the victim, stay a quarter mile from the victim and must surrender his passport.