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STATE WITNESS FEARED DEAD

By LAUREL V WILLIAMS Monday, January 13 2014

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A STATE WITNESS who was expected to testify at a murder trial today is feared dead after he went missing in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Police believe Ricaldo Sanchez’ disappearance is linked to the murder case which is being heard in the Siparia Magistrates’ Court.

He was expected to be cross- examined today and police said he had received several death threats from persons who did not want him to testify at the trial.

The murder took place in 2010.

Sanchez, 51, a disc jockey known in the area as DJ Papa Charlie, is feared dead and police believe he may have been killed along Los Charros Road, Palo Seco, where his bicycle and bag which contained clothing and cds were found yesterday at about 5.30 am by his common-law wife Mahalia Floyd, a security officer on her way to work.

A pool of blood was found next to his personal items. Sanchez, a father of four, of Mitchell Trace off Los Charros Road, was last seen alive at about 4 am yesterday. A relative yesterday said Sanchez indicated that he intended to give evidence in court this morning. She said she begged him not to give evidence because of the death threats.

“They threatened him so many times that he changed his phone number. Police had offered him protection sometime ago, but he thought that they (his tormentors) would have forgotten about the case. That was his problem, he was too kind and always wanted to do what is right. He kept saying that he wanted justice for his friend,” the relative said.

Other family members said they too were scared for their lives.

The murder victim at whose case Sanchez was expected to testify was a close friend.

“He was very helpful and hardworking. He was too honest,” a relative added.

According to police, Sanchez left his home at about 7.30 pm on Saturday to DJ at the Station 22 Bar at Los Charros Junction.

After finishing his shift at the bar, he went to a birthday party and was last seen alive at about 4 am yesterday.

An hour-and-a-half later his common-law wife found his personal items and the blood.

Police were contacted and Insp Louis Granger who together with a party of officers visited the scene began searching the ravine close to where Sanchez’ personal effects were found.

Police say it appeared that he was on his way home when he was attacked.

“After he played music at the bar , it seems he went to a birthday party. People last saw him alive there. There were no altercations or anything with anybody at either places,” a friend added.

Cpl Sobie of the Santa Flora Police Station is spearheading investigations and searches are expected to continue today.

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