Three members of the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard (TTCG) Special Naval Unit (SNU) have been charged with the murder of 34-year-old Teddy Richards Sylvester, who was kidnapped from his Cameron Hill, Maraval home on January 9th and found dead four days later.
Senior homicide sources, speaking to Guardian Media last night, confirmed that the DPP had given instructions to charge the men and the process took place overnight, with the men expected to appear today before the court to answer the charge.
The charged men were identified as Emmarson Pardassie from Carenage, Elijah Julian, of Barataria, and Kayden Boucaud, of St Ann’s.
Guardian Median exclusively broke the story of their arrests in dramatic fashion last Tuesday morning, when a special TTDF unit and members of the T&T Police Service (TTPS) swooped down on them at the TTDF headquarters in Chaguaramas.
The three suspects were apprehended by a joint army and police team shortly after Chief of Defence Staff Darryl Daniel was driven to his office at the TTDF headquarters, where he usually reports to work at 9 am. Within minutes, police surrounded and arrested the suspects in one of the entourage security vehicles accompanying the CDS.
Senior homicide sources say it is likely that the men can face further charges arising out of Sylvester’s death.
On January 9, Sylvester was kidnapped outside his Cameron Hill home by four armed men wearing tactical uniforms with the word “Police” written across their chests and taken away in a black Nissan X-Trail. Investigators were able to confirm the Nissan X-Trail was registered to a law enforcement agency after receiving information from various residents.
Four days later, Sylvester’s body was found dumped off Cadet Road in Petit Valley by residents in the area. An autopsy later performed on his body confirmed he had been murdered.
Sylvester was buried last week following a church service in Maraval.