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Jaedon’s grandpa out on bail

By LAUREL V WILLIAMS Tuesday, May 20 2014

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After court: Winston Cudjoe leaves Siparia Magistrates' Court after appearing on the charge of unlawfully killing his baby grandson Jaedon. ...
After court: Winston Cudjoe leaves Siparia Magistrates' Court after appearing on the charge of unlawfully killing his baby grandson Jaedon. ...

SCORES of curious onlookers gathered on High Street in front of the Siparia Magistrates’ Court yesterday to get a glimpse of Winston “Jerry” Cudjoe as he made his first appearance to answer the charge of manslaughter in the death of his 17-month-old grandson, Jaedon.

Cudjoe, 56, appeared in the First Court before Senior Magistrate Joanne Connor who read the charge which alleged that on May 13 at Petrotrin’s carpark in Penal, he unlawfully killed Jaedon. As the magistrate was reading the charge, Cudjoe stood with his hands behind his back.

The charge was laid indictably and therefore Cudjoe, of Old Quinam Road, off Penal Rock Road, Penal, was not called upon to enter a plea.

His attorney Colin Selvon told the magistrate that his client was on $200,000 bail. The bailor, the attorney added, is Cudjoe’s brother. Selvon asked for disclosure to be made in the case.

Police court prosecutor Sgt Sheldon Ablacksingh responded that a State attorney has to be appointed to prosecute the charge.

Connor adjourned the case to June 16.

The baby’s lifeless body was found in Cudjoe’s car where he was left for over nine hours. Cudjoe is an employee of the State-owned oil company Petrotrin.

Jaedon’s parents Fergus Cudjoe and Masika Wharwood were present at the hearing yesterday to lend support to the accused grandfather. They together with other relatives accompanied him out of the courtroom. As they ushered him into a nearby vehicle, onlookers who gathered at the roadside expressed their feelings about the incident.

Some of them even took photographs using their mobile phones as Cudjoe was leaving the court’s compound.

Jaedon was buried on Saturday last following a funeral service held at the St Dominic’s Roman Catholic Church in Penal. Cudjoe attended the funeral after he was released on bail.

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