Minor among two charged with murder of national awardee

A minor was one of two suspects who appeared before a Chaguanas Magistrate today, jointly charged with the murder of 74-year-old national awardee, Hassema Ali, which occurred on Friday 2nd November 2018.

Videsh Richard Sooklal, 28, a mason, of Curepe and the teenager, appeared before Magistrate Adrian Dharmanie, in the Chaguanas 1st Magistrates’ Court, on Monday 19th November 2018, to answer to the charge.

Ali’s partially burnt body was found on the ground floor of her South Gate Road, Freeport home, following a fire which occurred on the premises on Friday 2nd November 2018.

An autopsy revealed the victim died as a result of several stab wounds to her head and back. Investigations, supervised by W/ASP (Ag.) Lucia Winchester, Insp. Darryl Coorie and Legal Officer PC Kern Lewis, all of Homicide Bureau of Investigations, (HBI) Region 3, led to the arrests of the minor on Thursday 8th November 2018 and Sooklal, on Tuesday 13th November 2018, in the Central Division.

Charges were laid by WPC Afisha Valdez, also of HBI, Region 3, on Sunday 18th November 2018, following advice received from Director of Public Prosecutions, Roger Gaspard SC, on that same date.

The matter was adjourned to Wednesday 21st November 2018.

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