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Suspect’s picture on social media
The lawyer representing the 28-year-old Maloney Gardens man suspected of raping and killing six-year-old Keyana Cumberbatch finds it disturbing that a picture of his client has been circulating on social media. In a telephone interview yesterday, the suspect’s lawyer Fareed Ali, said the photograph was taken at the Arouca Police Station by a female police officer. The picture shows the suspect, who has not yet been charged with the offences, sitting in a chair in the police station leaning against a wall.
He is still hospitalised and therefore officers are unable to carry out the orders of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). The T&T Guardian obtained a copy of the photograph which shows the suspect from a side view, his head against the wall, apparently sleeping, without handcuffs, wearing a blue T-shirt and blue three-quarter pants.
“I find it very disturbing that a suspect could be brought to a station and police could be so unethical that they could revealed his identity without him being charged,” Ali said. The suspect is expected to appear in court on Monday charged only with murder. He was expected to appear yesterday. However, he suffered an asthma attack earlier this week and has been hospitalised since. Ali said the issue of the picture circulating on BlackBerry Messenger and WhatsApp could affect the trial.
He said the identity of the suspect could also have a negative effect on the trial and have also affected the suspect’s family as his mother had been receiving death threats. He added that the woman no longer answer her cellphone since Thursday when the threats began. The picture was reportedly taken last weekend. “On top of that I am instructed that there were women police officers who were coming to the cell and making comments towards my client. They ought to know better,” Ali added.
Contacted on the issue yesterday Assistant Commissioner of Police Glen Hackett said he would have to launch an investigation into the matter. “If the investigation reveal any wrongdoing on the part of officers necessary action would be taken. If this is true as you say it would be a breach of procedure and departmental disciplinary action would be taken,” he added.
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