Special Reserve police officer Richard Babwah was killed last evening during an attempted robbery at a Chinese restaurant in Arouca.
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Boy, 12, among 4 on murder charge
An 18-year-old Diego Martin man and three children appeared in the Port of Spain Magistrates Court yesterday charged with robbing and killing 54-year-old mechanic Dulraj Deodath on a date unknown between January 16 to 18. The eldest teen, Stefan Fredrick, a 16-year-old girl, her 12-year-old brother and another 16-year-old, all of Bagatelle, Diego Martin, appeared before Chief Magistrate Marcia Ayers-Caesar. The four were chatting and laughing among themselves in the prisoners’ dock.
They are charged with robbing Dulraj of his Toyota Hiace truck, a wrist watch, a leaf blower and a bank card, together valued $152,425. They were represented by Criston Chandler who asked that case file be sent to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) quickly so that a state attorney could be appointed and the matter would begin soon.
The court was informed that officers had not taken DNA samples from the siblings and ordered that non-intimate samples be taken after being informed by Deputy DPP George Busby that according to law the police were allowed to do so. Fredrick was remanded in custody at the Remand Yard, Arouca. while the other two males were sent to the Youth Training Centre (YTC), Arouca. The teenaged girl was sent to the Remand Centre at the Women’s Prison. They are to re-appear in court on February 26.