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Boy, 12, brother in court for killing teen

Friday, August 18, 2017
Nathanael Titis

A 12-year-old primary school pupil appeared in court yesterday charged with the unlawful killing of 15-year-old Emmanuel Okeiro.

He was granted $75,000 bail and released in his mother’s care.

The Standard Five pupil of Freeport Presbyterian School appeared in the Couva Magistrates Court along with 18-year-old Nathanael Titis who was charged with murdering Okeiro.

Okeiro was reported missing to the police by his mother on August 10 after he failed to return home. He had gone outside the Bethel House of God Church, in Freeport, to sell produce.

The following morning the police found his body floating in a river to the back of the church.

An autopsy revealed Okeiro was stabbed 15 times on the neck, face and scalp.

However, it concluded that Okeiro drowned.

The young accused, who had been in police custody for six days, appeared separately before Senior Magistrate Suimongal Ramsaran.

The 12-year-old boy of Freeport was represented by attorney Kiev Chesney who made an application for bail.

The magistrate approved the child’s mother as surety.

This means that the boy would have left the courthouse with his mother yesterday once she signed the relevant court documents and she would be responsible to ensure he attends court.

Meanwhile, Titis who was represented by attorney Alvin Pariagsingh will have to stay behind bars until the completion of the matter as murder is not a bailable offence.

Titis who just completed school was remanded into custody.

The matter was adjourned to September 14.