Saturday 11 July, 2020

Second man charged in 2018 murder of Arima pensioner

Photo via TTPS.

Photo via TTPS.

A 21-year-old Arima man is the second person to be charged in connection with the murder of 62-year-old Monica Ruiz, who was tied up and murdered in her own home in August 2018.

Kent Coutou was scheduled to appear before the Arima Magistrates’ Court on Monday to answer the charges.

Coutou, also known as ‘Mark Thomas’, was charged with murder, following advice received from Director of Public Prosecutions Roger Gaspard, SC, on March 8, 2019.

Ruiz, of Sherwood Park, Arima, was last seen at her home around 5:00 pm on August 3, 2018.

Her body was later discovered by relatives, bound and gagged, on August 4, 2018.

Several items, including a refrigerator and washing machine, were missing from the victim’s home. An autopsy revealed the cause of death to be suffocation.

Coutou was arrested by officers of the Homicide Bureau of Investigations (HBI) Region 2, on March 1, 2019. Investigations were supervised by ASP (Ag.) Sean Dhilpaul, Insp. Andrew Lawrence and Sgt. Mitra Ramsumair, while charges were laid by PC Andre Lewis, all of HBI Region 2.

30-year-old Leon Logan, a labourer of Five Rivers, Arouca, was previously charged with Ruiz’s murder on September 8, 2018. 

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