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Relatives not happy with court’s ruling
Renold Indarsingh, uncle of Daniel Guerra, expressed surprise yesterday after learning that Police Constable Darwin Ghouralal had been freed of the charge of murder. Ghouralal, 41, of La Romaine, was charged with murdering Daniel, of Bedeau Street, Gasparillo, in February 2011. The child went missing after a short trip to a nearby parlour. His bloated body was found days later in the Tarouba River, miles away from his Gasparillo home.
Indarsingh, 31, speaking briefly with the T&T Guardian at the family’s home last evening, said: “I did not know anything. If that is so, then that is how the justice system in the country does go.” “I cannot do anything about that, but deep inside I know I doh like that at all.” Yesterday, Senior San Fernando Magistrate Rajendra Rambachan freed Ghouralal of the murder charge after he upheld a no-case submission made by defence attorney Sophia Chote, SC, instructed by Michelle Solomon-Baksh.
Indarsingh, who was also a state witness in the matter against Ghouralal, said he was not certain if Daniel’s mother, Rona, was aware of the court’s ruling at the time the Guardian was visiting. He attempted to text his sister while speaking with the T&T Guardian. “She would know by now,” he said. Daniel’s grandparents Randolph and Shirley, both of whom religiously attended the preliminary inquiry, were also not a home yesterday. Indarsingh said his parents (Daniel’s grandparents) were in Princes Town attending a funeral.
“I doubt they know. Everybody will be upset,” Indarsingh said. “I doh like how he get away there. Justice have to prevail somehow.” He admitted, however, that he felt “unsafe” now that Ghouralal has been freed. Attempts to reach Ghouralal, who did not speak to the media when he left the court, were unsuccessful yesterday. A female relative answered his cellphone and said he was unavailable. “You understand the circumstances now. He cannot come to the phone,” she said.
Ghouralal, who has 15 years’ service, was arrested by Sgt Anderson Pariman and subsequently charged with murdering Guerra on a date unknown between February 17 and February 21, 2011. The state’s case was led by deputy Director of Public Prosecutions (South) Joan Honore-Paul.
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