15-year-old committed to stand trial for ex-soldier's murder

The 15-year-old charged with the murder of former soldier, Calvert James, which occurred on Carnival Monday, February 27th, 2017, was yesterday committed to stand trial at the next sitting of the Assizes.

This follows the conclusion of a preliminary inquiry into the charge, which began in Monday 18th June, 2018, in the Port of Spain Children’s Court. Master Virgil Paul, sitting in the Port of Spain Children’s Court, on Thursday 13th September 2018, heard the case against the accused, of the Port of Spain Division, and committed the matter to trial.

Lead State Counsel, Valene Guerra, together with State Attorneys Shivana Sharma, Whitney Franklin and Chenelle Moe, prosecuted on behalf of the State in the matter.

James, 56, of Mt. Lambert, was at the corner of George and Prince Streets, Port of Spain, at 6:30am on Monday 27th February, 2017, when he got into an altercation with a group of men.

The victim was stabbed during the fracas and died later that day at the Port of Spain General Hospital.

Charges were laid by Insp. (Ag.) Clarence Burnett, of the Homicide Bureau of Investigations, Region 1, on Sunday 12th March, 2017, while the accused first appeared in court on Monday 13th March, 2017.

This is the first matter heard at the Port of Spain Children’s Court where the accused was committed to stand trial at the next sitting of the Assizes.

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