Five acquitted of woman's murder but guilty of manslaughter

After three trials over the past eight years, five men were yesterday acquitted of murdering San Juan businesswoman Samdaye Rampersad in 2005.

But despite being spared the mandatory death sentence, Phillip “The Boss” Boodram, Roger Mootoo, Ricky Singh, Kervin Williams and Aaron “Arc Eye” Grappie did not leave the Port-of-Spain High Court as free men, after a 12-member jury sitting in the Sixth Criminal Court unanimously decided they were guilty of the lesser offence of manslaughter.