Friday 19 October, 2018

Second man in court for Balandra murder

Photo: Michael Lamorelle was charged with the murder of 33-year-old Kern Mandela.

Photo: Michael Lamorelle was charged with the murder of 33-year-old Kern Mandela.

A second man was charged with the murder of 33-year-old Kern Mandela, who was shot and killed by three men outside his home in Balandra earlier this year. 

According to a statement issued by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), 22-year-old Michael Lamorelle of Valencia was due to appear before a Sangre Grande Magistrates' Court on Tuesday to answer the charge.  

Lamorelle was also charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition, following advice received from Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions Tricia Hudlin-Cooper on September 17, 2018.

Police said Mandela, a labourer of Balandra Bay Road, Balandra, was at his home around 3:55 pm with relatives when three men, all armed with guns, entered the premises and fired several shots at the victim.

The assailants escaped on foot, while Mandela died at the scene.

Lamorelle was subsequently arrested in the Mayaro district September 11, 2018, by officers attached to the Mayaro Police Station.

Police said 19-year-old Zion Pedro, a labourer of St Augustine, was previously charged with Mandela’s murder, along with possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition, on August 7, 2018.

Investigations were supervised by Sgt. Andrew Stanislaus, while PC Ronnie Gonzales, both of the Homicide Bureau of Investigations Region 2, laid the charge.

 

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