Witness saw accused at crime scene

A for­mer po­lice of­fi­cer, who is cur­rent­ly on tri­al for the kid­nap­ping and mur­der of busi­ness­man Dr Ed­ward Khoury, was spot­ted at the scene of the crime short­ly af­ter it oc­curred.

Robert Franklyn was placed on the scene by one of Khoury's for­mer em­ploy­ees, Sum­mer Pablo, as she gave ev­i­dence be­fore Jus­tice Mal­colm Holdip at the Hall of Jus­tice in Port-of-Spain on Mon­day.

Pablo worked as an ac­counts clerk with Khoury's com­pa­ny ISKO En­ter­pris­es Ltd for two years be­fore the in­ci­dent oc­curred in Sep­tem­ber 2005.

She claimed that she was on two weeks of study leave when she re­ceived a call from a col­league ask­ing her to come to the of­fice.

When she ar­rived she saw that po­lice had cor­doned off the build­ing and her col­leagues were out­side.

She claimed that she saw Franklyn stand­ing with his wife Fiona, who al­so worked at Khoury's com­pa­ny.

Pablo was then asked by po­lice to iden­ti­fy a pet­ty cash pan that had been tam­pered with dur­ing Khoury's ab­duc­tion.

While be­ing cross-ex­am­ined by de­fence at­tor­ney Mario Mer­ritt, Pablo was quizzed over her pro­fes­sion­al re­la­tion­ship with Franklyn's wife.

Pablo re­peat­ed­ly ad­mit­ted that she dis­liked her.

"You took every op­por­tu­ni­ty you had to com­plain about her," Mer­ritt said.

"If I made a com­plaint, it was gen­uine," she re­spond­ed.

Franklyn, Jerome Mur­ray, Shawn James, Caleb Don­ald­son and Ter­ry Moore are ac­cused of kid­nap­ping and mur­der­ing Khoury on Sep­tem­ber 21, 2005.

Khoury was at his im­port and dis­tri­b­u­tion com­pa­ny lo­cat­ed in the Ma­coya In­dus­tri­al Es­tate when four men en­tered and de­mand­ed guns and mon­ey.

Khoury re­sist­ed and was stabbed be­fore be­ing tak­en away by the men.

Two days lat­er, his head­less corpse was found in an aban­doned cit­rus plan­ta­tion in cen­tral Trinidad.

To date, his head had nev­er been found by po­lice.

Since the tri­al com­menced in No­vem­ber, last year, over half of the State's 63 wit­ness­es have tes­ti­fied.

The group of men are be­ing rep­re­sent­ed by a team of de­fence at­tor­neys in­clud­ing Pamela El­der, SC, Evans Welch, Wayne Sturge, Daniel Khan, Fa­reed Ali, Ria Man­kee-Sookram and Je­han Mo­hammed-Ali . Nigel Pil­grim and An­ju Bho­la are pros­e­cut­ing.

The tri­al re­sumes on Tues­day.

Reporter: Derek Achong

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