21-year-old among two charged with woman's murder

A 21-year-old Arima man is the second person to be charged in connection with the murder of 62-year-old Monica Ruiz and is due to appear before the Arima Magistrates’ Court today.

Kent Coutou aka ‘Mark Thomas’, was charged with murder, following advice received from Director of Public Prosecutions Roger Gaspard, SC on Friday.

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

Her body, was later discovered by relatives, bound and gagged, on Saturday 4th August, 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 Friday 1st March, 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.

Leon Logan, 30, a labourer of Five Rivers, Arouca, was previously charged with Ms. Ruiz’s murder on Saturday 8th September, 2018.

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