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Suspect in court for Tunapuna murder

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Akeem Reid

A 38-year-old man from Tunapuna, accused of using a car to kill a man during a brawl earlier this month, appeared in court yesterday charged with murder.

Joel “Cranky” Burnette, of Basanta Trace, Tunapuna, appeared in the Tunapuna Magistrate’s Court yesterday charged with murdering Akeem Reid on August 1.

He was remanded into custody and ordered to reappear in court on September 13.

According to police reports, Reid and two friends were sleeping over at his girlfriend’s home at St John’s Road, St Augustine, when they were awoken by her ex-boyfriend.

During an argument, Burnette reportedly got into Reid’s car and drove into him. Reid was taken to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. His friends managed to escape and later contacted police. Burnette was charged by Cpl Dexter Bernard of the St Joseph CID.

Burnette’s court appearance comes less than a month after another man was charged with murdering a man using a vehicle.

On July 24, Anthony Sinanan, 37, of South Oropouche, appeared in court charged with the murder of 17-year-old David Sancarro.

Sinanan knocked down and rolled over Sancarro with his pick-up truck after the teenager attempted to intervene in a domestic dispute to allegedly protect Sinanan’s female companion.