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Murder charge in Hospital

By ALEXANDER BRUZUAL Wednesday, December 11 2013

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Keyana Cumberbatch...
Keyana Cumberbatch...

FIVE days after Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Roger Gaspard gave the go-ahead, detectives yesterday went to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex (EWMSC) in Mt Hope where they formally charged a man — warded after an asthma attack — for the murder of six-year-old Keyana Cumberbatch.

Police were initially waiting on doctors to discharge the man from hospital before laying the charge but when it was clear that the man’s stay at hospital was being prolonged on doctors’ orders, officers decided to go to the institution instead.

Newsday was told that at about 5.30 pm yesterday, officers from the Homicide Investigations Bureau went to the EWMSC where they met the 27-year-old suspect lying on a bed. The officers took the suspect’s fingerprints as he lay on the bed and formally served a document which laid out the charge to the suspect. At the time, some relatives of the suspect were in a nearby room.

However, up to last night, it was not known if the suspect will be brought to the Arima Magistrates’ Court now that he has been formally charged. Sources said the suspect is scheduled to undergo a medical check-up by doctors at 10 am today.

Newsday was told that on Monday, the suspect’s blood pressure was high and he was still wheezing. Last week Thursday, DPP Gaspard gave instructions to police to charge the suspect with Keyana’s death. On November 25, Keyana disappeared after she was reportedly sent to her grandmother’s home not too far from her Maloney apartment home. She was never seen alive again.

Three days later, Keyana’s mother Simone Williams discovered her body stuffed in a barrel.

An autopsy later revealed Keyana’s head was bashed in. The autopsy also revealed that after she was killed, Keyana was raped.

Last week, Keyana was laid to rest following an emotional funeral service attended by several high profile persons including Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar.

Keyana’s brutal and callous murder led to Persad-Bissessar forming a Child Protection Task Force.

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