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Peterson joins DPP against 7 cops accused of murder
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Senior Counsel Gilbert Peterson has joined the prosecution team in the preliminary inquiry in which seven police officers are charged with the murders of Abigail Johnson, Allana Duncan and Kerron “Fingers” Eccles. Peterson made his first appearance in the matter yesterday as he joined Director of Public Prosecutions Roger Gaspard SC in the Princes Town Magistrates’ Court. The accused police officers—Cpl Khemraj Sahadeo, Constables Renaldo Reveiro, Glenn Singh, Roger Nicholas, Safraz Juman, Antonio Ramadin and Nicole Clement reappeared before Magistrate Debra Quintyne. Johnson, Duncan and Eccles were shot dead at Rochard Douglas Road, Barrackpore on July 22, 2011. Assistant Commissioner of Police Raymond Craig laid the charges.
Pamela Elder SC, who is leading Clement’s defence team, which includes attorney Richard Mason, said she is happy Peterson has joined the prosecution’s team. Elder renewed her request for disclosure.
She said, “I am pleased to see the prosecution has increased in strength and with that increase in strength I hope the request (for disclosure) will be handled expeditiously,” she submitted. Gaspard said he received requests for disclosure from the defence which included a number of reports. However, he said, “Some of the forensic reports are slow in coming.” He promised to attend to the requests. Quintyne agreed and adjourned the matter to February 14.