Saturday 19 October, 2019

Four in court for murder of PH driver

Four men, charged with the murder of a PH taxi driver in Diego Martin, have appeared in court to answer the charge.

Paul Williams aka ‘Porter’, 22, of Savannah Terrace, Diego Martin; Shakeem Charles aka ‘Keem’, 20, of Nelson Street, Port-of-Spain; Joseph George, 20, of George Street, Port-of-Spain; and Isaiah Pantin aka ‘Wong’ and ‘Ziah’, 18, of Four Roads, Diego Martin, appeared before Acting Deputy Chief Magistrate Nannette Ford-John in the Port of Spain 5th Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

Charles and George face additional charges of possession of a firearm and ammunition.

The matter was postponed to September 26, 2018.

The victim, Jerrell Aris-Mendez, 27, from Fatima Trace, Laventille, was hired to transport four men with his vehicle, into the Cascade area around 11:50 am August 20, 2018.

While at Bagatelle Extension Road, Diego Martin, the passengers, two of whom were armed with firearms, announced a robbery.

A struggle ensued, resulting in the taxi driver being shot several times.

The suspects escaped on foot. Aris-Mendez died at the scene.

The four men were arrested on the day of the incident by officers attached to the Western Division.

Investigations were supervised by ASP (Ag.) Suzette Martin, while charges were laid by PC Dominic Garcia, both of Homicide Bureau of Investigations, Region 1, following advice received from Director of Public Prosecutions, Roger Gaspard, on Wednesday.

 

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