Cops charged with murder

Police Social and Welfare Association president Sgt Anand Ramesar, centre, pokes fun at Police Commissioner Stephen Williams, right, during a tour of the San Fernando Police Station yesterday.
Police Social and Welfare Association president Sgt Anand Ramesar, centre, pokes fun at Police Commissioner Stephen Williams, right, during a tour of the San Fernando Police Station yesterday.

PORT-OF-SPAIN – One week after a Maloney man was kidnapped and murdered, three men, including two Special Reserve Police officers, appeared in court charged with two offences. Kenrol Patterson, 25, of Building Nine, Maloney Gardens; Mark Collette, 20, of Apartment 33 South, Maloney Gardens; and Kevon Marshall, 27, of First Street, Arouca, were represented by duty counsel Fareed Ali when they appeared yesterday.

The trio was not called upon to plead when they appeared around 4.40 pm before Senior Magistrate Lucina Cardenas-Ragoonanan in the Arima First Court. They were charged with unlawfully carrying away Johnny Noel against his will on March 11 at Building 16, Maloney Gardens and with murdering Noel at the Churchill-Roosevelt Highway on a date unknown between March 10 and 23. Patterson and Marshall are SRPs who were last assigned to the San Juan Municipal Police Station.

Marshall, who is originally from Cumana Village, Toco, is the brother of a police officer assigned to the Northern Division Task Force. The two are said to share an apartment in Arouca. Two others, including an acting inspector with 23 years’ service and an SRP, of Arouca, were released last Friday and yesterday, respectively, after attorneys for both men successfully filed habeas corpus writs and argued they had been unlawfully detained. (Guardian)

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