Four charged with murder of PH taxi driver

Four men, charged with the murder of a PH taxi driver in Diego Martin which occurred on Monday 20th August, 2018, have appeared before a Port of Spain Magistrate, to answer to 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 29th August, 2018.

Charles and George face additional charges of possession of a firearm and ammunition. The matter was postponed to Wednesday 26th September, 2018.

The victim, Mr. Jerrell Aris-Mendez, a 27-year-old of Fatima Trace, Laventille, was hired to transport four men with his vehicle, into the Cascade area around 11:50am on Monday 20th August, 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 Mr. Aris-Mendez being shot several times about the body.

The suspects escaped on foot and the victim died at the scene.

The four men were arrested on the same 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, SC, on Wednesday 29th August, 2018.

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