Man freed of kidnapping Maraval businesswoman

A man has been freed of kid­nap­ping a busi­ness­woman from Mar­aval and hold­ing her hostage for over a week in 2008. 


Guardian Me­dia un­der­stands that Sean Bur­gin was set to go on tri­al for the crime be­fore Jus­tice De­van Ram­per­sad at the Hall of Jus­tice in Port-of-Spain when the Of­fice of the Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions (DPP) filed a no­tice of dis­con­tin­u­ance over in­suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence in the case. 

The de­ci­sion was rat­i­fied and Bur­gin was freed when the case came up for hear­ing be­fore Ram­per­sad, yes­ter­day.

Bur­gin was charged with kid­nap­ping Philip­pa Tal­ma on May 2, 2008. He was al­so charged with de­mand­ing a ran­som, ab­duct­ing and de­tain­ing her and rob­bing her. 

Tal­ma, 55, the daugh­ter of for­mer In­de­pen­dent sen­a­tor Dr Julien Ken­ny, was snatched from her cloth­ing store, Philip­pa Lon­don at Sad­dle Road in Mar­aval. 


The ve­hi­cle which was al­leged­ly used to com­mit the crime was lat­er found aban­doned at An­der­son Trace in Mar­aval. The car had been stolen in Pe­tit Bourg hours be­fore Tal­ma’s ab­duc­tion. 

The moth­er of two was even­tu­al­ly re­leased on Moth­er’s Day, May 10, af­ter a $100,000 ran­som was paid. 

Ian Mor­gan, of Moral­do Trace, Mar­aval, was ini­tial­ly joint­ly charged with Bur­gin for the kid­nap­ping but dur­ing the pre­lim­i­nary in­quiry of the case, the DPP’s Of­fice opt­ed to with­draw the charge against him due to in­suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence.

Mor­gan was al­so charged for steal­ing the ve­hi­cle and that charge was main­tained. 

Bur­gin had al­so chal­lenged the State’s ev­i­dence against him in­clud­ing dis­card­ed ATM re­ceipts from Tal­ma’s ac­count with al­leged­ly bore his fin­ger­prints but was un­suc­cess­ful. 

Last year, on the tenth an­niver­sary of her kid­nap­ping, Tal­ma took to her Face­book page to dis­cuss the in­ci­dent. 

“This im­age was tak­en in a hos­pi­tal af­ter my re­lease on Moth­er’s Day. I had been beat­en, blind­fold­ed, gagged, hog-tied and held in a la­trine in South Trinidad for 9 days. This is what we look like. The vic­tims of vi­o­lent, un­speak­able crimes,” Tal­ma said. 

Bur­gin was rep­re­sent­ed by Pe­ter Carter. 

Reporter: Derek Achong

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