A construction worker and a PH driver were remanded in custody yesterday when they appeared in court charged with the murder of Vistabella father Daniel Cooper.
Richard Ramkerry, 48, of Realize Road, Barrackpore and Andell Steele, 29, of La Ruffin Village, Moruga, made a brief appearance in the San Fernando court before Magistrate Alicia Chankar.
The charge alleged that between April 8 and April 12 they murdered Cooper at Cedar Hill Estate Road, Borde Narve, Princes Town.
Cooper, 29, a warehouse attendant, of Vistabella, went missing on April 9 after he left work to pick up his three-year-old daughter at a daycare in Palmiste. He never arrived at the daycare.
His relatives subsequently filed a missing person’s report at the San Fernando CID. Police investigations led them to Borde Narve on April 11 where Cooper’s body was found along a dirt road.
His body bore a gunshot wound to the head. Cooper’s car, a BlueBird Sylphy, was also found by police in Barrackpore on that day.
Following investigations supervised by Insp Darryl Corrie and Insp Don Gajadhar of Homicide Bureau of Investigations, Region Three, advice was received from Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Joan Honore-Paul to charge the two accused.
The charge was laid by WPC Lindie Sylvester. Steele was represented by attorney Perusha Lord while Ramkerry had no attorney. The magistrate transferred the matter to the Princes Town Magistrates Court for May 17.
Ramkerry also appeared on an outstanding warrant. The warrant was issued for his arrest after he missed a court date for a robbery matter. Court prosecutor Sgt Veano Ragoo told the magistrate that matter was part heard before Magistrate Ramsaran. The magistrate adjourned that matter to April 26.
Source: www.guardian.co.tt (Sascha Wilson)