Pundit at funeral of murdered farmer calls on citizens to help police catch the killers

A pundit made a public plea yesterday urging villagers to help the police find the killers of farmer Dipchand Heeralal and Radha Baldeo.

Pundit Roopnarine Maharaj told mourners at Heeralal’s funeral that the double murder brought back memories of Dole Chadee’s quadruple killing 24 years ago in the quiet village of Williamsville.

Maharaj said justice had been served to Chadee and his clan after they killed Deo Baboolal, his wife, Rookmin, and their children, Hamilton and Monica but he questioned whether the killers of Heeralal and Baldeo would ever be found.

82 convicted killers to be resentenced

Eighty two death row inmates, whose death sentences were commuted to life imprisonment over 14 years ago, have scored a major legal victory which will see them being resentenced to definite prison terms.

Delivering a 22-page judgment at the Hall of Justice in Port-of-Spain yesterday, Chief Justice Ivor Archie and Appellate Judges Alice Yorke-Soo Hon and Mark Mohammed ruled that High Court judges have a discretion to decide commuted sentences based on the particular circumstances of each case.

Police seek help to ID prison officer’s killer

A sketch of the man suspected of fatally shooting prison officer Devendra Boodooram in broad daylight in Port-of-Spain last week has been released by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service’s (TTPS) Criminal Intelligence Unit.

According to the TTPS, the man is believed to be between 24 to 28 years and of African descent.

The man, who is slim built, has a “fair/light brown complexion” and is believed to be five feet five inches tall. He was wearing a “blue long sleeved jersey with multi colours” and a beige coloured cap at the time he committed the crime.