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2 prisoners on murder charges die in hospital

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The autopsies for two prisoners charged with murder are to be conducted today at the Forensic Science Centre, St James. According to reports both men claimed to be feeling ill and were taken to the Eric Williams Medical Science Complex where they died last week. Kofi Cropper, who is accused of murdering police officer Sgt Hayden Manwaring died last week. Cropper, 40, along with Kerron Nicholas Garcia, 19, Anthony Clement, 37, and Kelvin Wallace, 23, are jointly facing five charges, including murdering Manwaring, possession of a gun and ammunition and robbing three people of cash, jewelery and cellphones at Mom’s Diner, Cipero Street, San Fernando, on the same day. 

Manwaring, 42, was shot and killed while trying to arrest robbery suspects at Butler Street, San Fernando, on February 19, 2013. Relatives of Cropper told the media yesterday at the Forensic Science Centre, St James, that doctors at the hospital believed he died of meningitis. The T&T Guardian was told the second prisoner, Ramkumar “Uncle Bopeep” Jaisarie, 75, is believed to have died of heart failure. Jaisarie was accused of murdering his wife Vio Jaisarie on December 10, 2007 at the couple’s home located above the family business, Bopeep’s Bar, at Naparima-Mayaro Road, New Grant. His trial was listed to be heard in the San Fernando High Court in September.

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