Friday 29 May, 2020

San Juan murder accused appears in court

A 25-year-old San Juan man has appeared before a Port-of-Spain Magistrate charged with the murder of Mervyn Martin.

Shaquille Kareem O'brien also known as ‘Shaq’ of Don Miguel Road, San Juan, stood before Chief Magistrate Maria Busby Earl Caddle in the 8th Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday. 

He is facing the charges of murder, three counts of shooting with intent to cause
grievous bodily harm, possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition.

Around 6.10 am on October 6, 2018, 38-year-old Martin was among a group of people on the sidewalk of Western Main Road, St James near Dougie’s Bar, when a gunman exited a red Nissan Tiida and shot at them. 

Martin and three other victims were hit.

The assailant then escaped by driving off in the vehicle.

Martin, along with the other victims, were conveyed to the St James Medical Centre and subsequently transferred to the Port of Spain General Hospital. He later succumbed to his injuries later that day.

Investigations launched into the murder were spearheaded by acting Senior
ASP Arnold Lutchman of the Homicide Bureau of Investigations (HBI) Region 1.

O’Brien was charged by Shermon Martin, also of HBI Region 1, on November 1, 2019, following advice received from Director of Public Prosecutions Roger Gaspard.

The matter has been adjourned to December 3, 2019.

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