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Suspect in Keyana’s killing to appear in court today
A 28-year-old man who is suspected of killing six-year-old Keyana Cumberbatch is expected to appear in court today charged with her death. The suspect, a close male relative of the child, was ordered to be charged last Thursday after police were in constant contact with the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Roger Gaspard, SC.
He was scheduled to appear in the Arima Magistrates Court last Friday but was still hospitalised and was not formerly charged. The suspect has yet to be charged. However, the T&T Guardian was informed that he would be discharged today and then taken to court.
Police are also investigating how a picture of the suspect ended up on social networking sites since his detention at the Arouca Police Station. 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. 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-quarters pants.
Assistant Commissioner of Police Glen Hackett on Friday said an investigation would be launched into the breach of protocol.
Six-year-old Cumberbatch went missing on November 25. She was last seen leaving her Maloney Gardens home en route to her grandmother’s one building away. Her decomposing body was found three days later in her apartment inside a plastic bag in a barrel next to her mother’s bed. Cumberbatch was hit on the head so severely that her skull was cracked. She was then sexually assaulted, an autopsy report revealed.
Last Wednesday, Cumberbatch was buried in a closed-casket service at the Council of Elders Spiritual Shouter Baptist Empowerment Hall, off the Churchill-Roosevelt Highway. She was buried at Crown Street Public Cemetery.
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