Daniel’s killer still out there
By LAUREL V WILLIAMS Friday, September 20 2013
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SAD MEMORIESKassim Mohammed yesterday recalls the last time he saw eightyear- old Daniel Guerra on February 17, 2011, when the schoolboy bought two bo...
ONE OF the last persons to see schoolboy Daniel Guerra alive in Gasparillo, before he went missing and was eventually found dead in a drain, was mini-mart owner Kasim Mohammed, from whom the eight-year-old boy had purchased two Lucozade energy drinks.
“At the end of the day, Daniel’s killer is still out there and should be brought to justice,” Mohammed said. The shopkeeper sold Guerra the energy drinks before the youngster left the parlour walking back to his home approximately half a mile away, on February 17, 2011. His partially decomposed body was discovered in a drain in Tarouba Village.
On Wednesday, Magistrate Rajendra Rambachan freed Ghouralal in the San Fernando Magistrates’ Court on a decision that the State failed to make out a prima facie case sufficient for a jury’s consideration to enable the police officer of 19 years service, to be tried in the High Court.
“I sold the boy the drinks that day. I put the two bottles of Locuzade in a bag and he (Daniel) walked away. I don’t know what happened after that. But he walked in the direction when he left the parlour to his house. I don’t know what happen after that,” Mohammed said.
Residents living along the road on Thompson Street, which leads to Bedeau Street where Daniel lived with his mother Rona Indarsingh and grandparents, were tight-lipped yesterday. A neighbour, who requested anonymity, said, “It seems the family not home. They have been very quiet since the decision.” The neighbour said Indarsingh had left the house since the murder and has been residing in San Juan.
Efforts to contact Ghouralal as well yesterday, also proved futile as he refused to answer calls to his cellular phone. Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions Joan Paul-Honore, had notified Magistrate Rambachan after his ruling, that she intends to petition a Judge in Chamber, to review the decision and have Ghouralal re-arrested on a warrant.
Such a petition could take months, as the transcript of the proceedings has to be typed and certified in the magistrates’ court, then forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). If petitioned on DPP’s Roger Gaspard’s advice, a judge in Chambers would review the evidence and if satisfied, could issue a warrant for Ghouralal’s re-arrest and have him re-indicted for murder. The case could go straight to the High Court for trial.
Ghouralal’s lead attorney Sophia Chote SC, who successfully argued a no-case submission, intends to write Gaspard to state that should the DPP decide to move for an appeal to a Judge in Chamber, the defence should be notified so Ghouralal’s interests could be represented by counsel.