|Glock pistol, UZI sub-machine gun used in Vindra’s abduction |
By JADA LOUTOO Tuesday, May 13 2014
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TWO guns — Glock pistol and an UZI submachine gun — were used during Vindra Naipaul- Coolman’s abduction on December 19, 2006, based on the bullet casings collected by police at her 742 Radix Road, Lange Park, Chaguanas, home.
The bullet casings recovered by police and the certificates of analysis prepared by firearm examiner Robert Harvey at the Forensic Science Centre were yesterday tendered into evidence as the trial of the 12 men accused of killing Naipaul-Coolman resumed yesterday after a one-week break.
The trial had been adjourned for one week following the assassination of co-lead prosecutor Dana Seetahal,SC, on May 4.
At the start of the case yesterday, Senior State prosecutor Joy Balkaran as she announced the appearances for the prosecution, again indicated as she did last week Monday, that Seetahal ‘‘will no longer be joining’’ the team as she was murdered on May 4.
Led into evidence by co-lead prosecutor Gilbert Peterson,SC, Cpl Peter Francis was the only witness to be called yesterday for the prosecution.
Francis, who was attached to the Chaguanas Criminal Investigations Department’s (CID) fingerprint department in 2006, said he went to 742 Radix Road, Lange Park, Chaguanas, on December 19, 2006, at about 8.30 pm, and was taken to a cordoned off area by PC Simeon Guelmo. He saw a Kia Sportage SUV parked in the driveway with the right front door glass window broken and the rear left side window shattered.
There was a pool of blood on the ground and a pair of dentures in the blood.
Francis also recovered five spent shells, two projectiles, a pair of spectacles and a black plastic tie strap.
The items he recovered were marked and numbered and Francis said he took a swab sample of the blood. The dentures were placed in a container.
The items were lodged with the property keeper at the Chaguanas Police Station. Francis also said he returned the next day to the crime scene where he took more swabs and fibre and glass samples.
Metal fragments were also collected from the rear spare tyre of the SUV and a box in the back of the vehicle.
Francis said he also dusted for fingerprints found on the right front door of the SUV but was unable to identify them because of insufficient ridge detail.
All the items Francis recovered were tendered into evidence yesterday except for the dentures and the spectacles which he said he handed over to WPC Bishop-Thomas on June 16, 2007. Three certificates of analysis were tendered into evidence during his testimony; two of which were a report of the bullet casings and metal fragments found on the crime scene.
According to the certificate of analysis prepared by Harvey, two 9 mm Luger cartridge casings were compared to test casings fired from a Glock pistol which had been taken to the FSC by police as an exhibit and it was the examiner’s conclusion that they were fired from the pistol.
Three cartridge casings sent as exhibits by police for testing at the FSC, were fired from an UZI sub-machine gun, according to the certificate of analysis which was read out in court to the jury.
The other bullet fragments recovered at the scene were too damaged and Harvey indicated in his report that it could not be determined if they were fired from the same firearm but said it could have been discharged from, but not limited to an UZI, Browning or an FEG (semi-automatic pistol) firearm.
Human blood was identified in the certificate of analysis from the swab taken of the blood found at the scene.
Francis returns to court today to complete his testimony.