33-year-old Luciano Quash has been charged for Ashanti Riley’s murder, as well as perpetrating sexual offences against minor in another case. (Image: TTPS)

A San Juan man is expected to appear in a virtual hearing before a Port of Spain Magistrate today, charged for the murder of 18-year-old Ashanti Riley, which occurred sometime between Sunday 29th November and Friday 4th December 2020.

An official statement from the Police Service confirms that 33-year-old LUCIANO QUASH, also known as ‘Brian’, a self-employed PH taxi driver, of Bagatelle Road, was charged with the offence, following advice received from Director of Public Prosecutions, Roger Gaspard SC, on Thursday 10th December 2020.

The body of Ashanti Riley, of Sunshine Avenue, San Juan, was found at Cake Lands, Santa Cruz, on Friday 4th December 2020. She had been reported missing on Sunday 29th November 2020.

The accused was arrested by officers of the North Eastern Division Task Force, on Tuesday 1st December 2020, and Quash was charged on Sunday 13th December 2020, by PC Thomas, of Homicide Bureau of Investigations (HBI) Region 2.

Investigations were supervised by Insp. (Ag.) Stanisclaus and Insp. (Ag.) Maharaj, of the HBI Region 2.

Quash, also faces charges of two counts of sexual penetration against a female minor which occurred in March 2020.

While in police custody, he was interviewed by officers of the Child Protection Unit (CPU) on Friday 11th December 2020, and placed on an Identification Parade on Saturday 12th December 2020, where he was positively identified.

The accused subsequently was charged by PC Pinder of the North Eastern Division CPU for the offences on Sunday 13th December 2020.

Investigations into this matter were supervised by W/Supt. George, ASP Sookdeo and Sgt. Bishop, all of the CPU.

Quash also is expected to answer to these other charges, during his virtual hearing today before a Port of Spain Magistrate.