Sunday 5 April, 2020

Death penalty for Gonzales man over 2008 murder

Almost 12 years after Jamal Bernard was killed, a Gonzales man was convicted and sentenced to hang. 

However, despite this, even before his sentence was read, 33-year-old Travis Polo maintained his innocence.

Police were convicted by a 12 member jury who deliberated for approximately three hours on Tuesday.

According to a statement issued by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), Polo was found guilty of the murder of Bernard by a 12-member jury in the Port of Spain High Court on Tuesday 14th January 2020. Justice Devendra Rampersad imposed the death sentence.

Following the reading of the verdict, Justice Devan Rampersad read the death penalty, noting that it was the mandatory sentence for murder as set out by law.

Polo was represented by attorney Ian Brooks while the complainant in the State’s case was Cpl Stanley Romeo of the Homicide Bureau of Investigations, Region 1. The State was represented by attorney Shabana Shah.

The State's case was that Bernard, and his brother Hasan, were shot outside their home along Olton Road, Gonzales, around 10.00 pm on April 21, 2008.

Jamal was shot twice in the back, while Hasan was shot to his left shoulder and right arm.

More on this as it becomes available.  

Get the latest local and international news straight to your mobile phone for free: