Sunday 18 August, 2019

Cops release 11 of the 13 held in relation to murder plot

One week ago to the day, police arrested 13 people outside of the Tunapuna Magistrates’ Court for allegedly for plotting to murder a State witness.

Today, only two of those 13 remain in custody.

Police told LoopTT that 11 of the accused were released pending further inquiries.

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One of those still detained is expected to be charged with murder as a result of a separate inquiry, while the other is expected to be charged with larceny offences as he was a suspect for a series of robberies in the Northern Division.

He was expected to be placed on identification parades this week.

In a statement from the police service last week, it was said that 13 male suspects wanted in connection with a plot to murder a state witness as he exited a Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

Officers of the Northern Division Special Investigations Unit, along with members of the Northern Division Task Force Area West and Tunapuna and St. Joseph Criminal Investigations Departments, took up strategic positions in and around the court’s precincts between 8 am and 6 pm.

Surveillance was conducted, which led to the subsequent arrest of seven men from St. Joseph, three from Maracas/St. Joseph, one from St. Augustine, one from Curepe and one from Santa Cruz.

During the exercise, police seized four vehicles used by the men which were found parked near the court. 

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