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Soldier charged in child’s death
A soldier charged with the murder of his almost two-year-old daughter did not appear in court yesterday as expected as no magistrate reported for duty.
Lance Corporal Keros Martin, of Jacelon Trace, Vega de Oropouche, was expected to be taken before a Sangre Grande Magistrate on a charge of murdering Soriah Martin.
The soldier will be taken to court today, police said.
Martin was charged by Insp Ken Lutchman of Sangre Grande CID after the officer consulted the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions on Monday.
Justice of the Peace Junior Hills and Ann-Marie John adjourned all the cases in the absence of the magistrates.
The 29-year-old soldier with 12 years service was last attached to the Special Forces at Teteron Barracks, Chaguaramas.
On December 12, last year Marting went to visit his daughter in Sangre Grande and the child was shot dead during an altercation.
The child’s uncle, Gregory Harracksingh, 63, was shot and injured in that incident. Martin was arrested and charged with wounding with intent to do grievously bodily harm to Harracksingh.
He had been granted $70,000 bail on that charge.
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