Teen charged with murder

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 12:30

A teenager has appeared before the Port-of-Spain Children’s Court charged with the murder of 47-year-old Lester Sookhai, which occurred in December 2018. 

The 16-year-old boy, of no fixed place of abode, was also charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition.

He appeared before Master Vijay Paul to answer the charges.

Sookhai, a shopkeeper of Maingot Road, Tunapuna, was at his business place along with a relative around 10 am on Tuesday 11th December 2018, when the suspect entered and shot him. 

The suspect escaped on foot.

Sookhai died on the scene. 

Ongoing investigations into the matter resulted in the teen’s arrest by officers of the Homicide Bureau of Investigations (HBI) Region 2, on Monday 8th July 2019. 

Investigations were spearheaded by acting ASP Sean Dhilpaul, while PC Schankar Bedessie, both of HBI Region 2, laid the charges on Saturday 13th July 2019. 

The teen is expected to reappear before the court on Friday 26th July 2019.