A 24-year-old Port of Spain man is expected to appear before a Port of Spain Magistrate today, charged with the murder of Prison Officer II Davendra Boodooram, which occurred on Friday 26th January, 2018.
Andre Nicholas Lavia aka “Brandon Thomas”, “Wetman Andre” and “Famo”, a landscaper, of Basilon Street, East Dry River, Port-of-Spain, is also charged with possession of firearm and ammunition.
The charges were laid following advice received from Director of Public Prosecutions, Roger Gaspard, SC, on Thursday 5th April, 2018.
The accused in the quadruple murder which occurred at La Brea, on Tuesday 13th March, 2018, appeared before a Point Fortin Magistrate’s Court today to answer to the charges.
Rodger Mattison, is charged with the killing of Michael Scott, Abigail Jones, her daughter, Olivia Trotman and Olivia’s friend, Michaela Mason, whose bodies were found in an apartment building at Khanhai Settlement, Sobo Trace, La Brea.
Jones, 41, Trotman, 16 and Mason, 14, all of Sobo Trace, La Brea, were discovered with their throats slit, while Scott, 70, died from a blow to the head.
The two accused in the murder of WPC Nyasha Joseph have appeared in the Port of Spain Eighth Court to answer the charges.
Kenneth Browne, 38 and Melissa Browne, 28 appeared before Chief Magistrate Marcia Ayers-Caesar.
The case has been postponed to April 18th.
The accused were once married but are now divorced.
WPC Joseph's body was discovered in the Gulf of Paria last week Wednesday.
She had gone missing six days before.
The jury in the murder trial of former Xtra Foods CEO, Vindra Naipaul-Coolman, has returned a not-guilty verdict for eight of the 10 accused, while the other two are to face a retrial.
The verdict was handed down just before 5.30 this afternoon in the High Court.
Lyndon James and Earl Trimmingham will face retrials.
Shervon Peters, Devon Peters, Anthony Dwayne Gloster, Keida Garcia, Jamille Garcia, Marlon Trimmingham, Ronald Armstrong and Antonio Charles walked free.
One of the 11 men on trial for the murder of businesswoman Vindra Naipaul-Coolman was this morning freed.
After spending nine years in prison, Joel Fraser walked out of the Hall of Justice in Port-of-Spain a free man after presiding Judge Malcolm Holdip upheld his no case submission in which his attorneys said that the State had failed to present any evidence linking him to the crime.
Similar applications were made by the Fraser's co-accused when prosecutors closed their case last year. However, all except Fraser's were overruled by Holdip.