Station Diary missing
Friday, July 4 2014
A station diary in which police would have made entries relating to the search of a house at Upper La Puerta Avenue, Diego Martin, where Chaguanas businesswoman Vindra Naipaul-Coolman was allegedly taken after she was abducted and eventually killed.
The revelation was made by the prosecution yesterday as the trial resumed at the Second Criminal Court, Hall of Justice, Port-of-Spain.
Attorney Mario Merritt sought to question Supt Radcliffe Boxhill on entries made in the station diary of the Four Roads Police Station relative to the massive 12-hour police exercise at Upper La Puerta Avenue, Diego Martin, on January 6, 2007, where police searched two houses where items were seized, including a gun which was allegedly found in Keida Garcia’s home and three men being arrested by police.
Garcia is one of the 12 men before the court accused of killing Vindra Naipaul-Coolman at a red brick house at Upper La Puerta Avenue.
The red brick house is allegedly that of Anthony Gloster, another of the 12 men accused of killing the Xtra Foods chief executive officer.
On trial are Shervon ‘‘Buffy’’ Peters; Keida Garcia, Marlon ‘‘Mad Man Marlon’’ Trimmingham; Earl “Bobo’’ Trimmingham; Ronald ‘22’ Armstrong; Antonio ‘Hedges’’ Charles; Joel ‘‘Ninja’’ Fraser; Lyndon ‘‘Iron’’ James; Allan ‘‘Scanny’’ Martins; Devon ‘Blackboy’ Peters; Anthony Dwayne Gloster, also called Anthony Peters and Jamile ‘‘WASA’’ Garcia.
According to previous testimony of police photographer Cpl Bruce James, he was instructed to take photographs of the gun found in a two storey house at Upper La Puerta Avenue.
At the trial yesterday, prosecutors indicated that the station diary was lost, and could not be found. Further discussions on the issue are expected to continue in the jury’s absence when the trial resumes on Monday.
In earlier testimony, Boxhill insisted that he met Shervon ‘‘Buffy’’ Peters outside the red brick house on January 6, and did not know that the first house he went to mistakenly was that of Peters. Boxhill said after meeting Peters, they spoke and he took him to the home of Earl Trimmingham. At that time, he said Peters was not a suspect and was free to leave at anytime. He denied that Peters was bound with black tie straps at that time or that he was under arrest.
The policeman also denied that after Peters accompanied him up the flight of over 400 steps to get to Trimmingham house, ‘Bobo’ shouted at him (Peters): “Shervon what you bring these people by me for.”
Under cross-examination by Trimmingham’s attorney Colin Selvon, Boxhill insisted that the accused man told him about the camp Peters and others had close by.
He said Trimmingham accompanied the police to the camp which was located in a gully at Upper La Puerta Avenue, close to a silk cotton tree.
A latex glove, a black ski mask and other items were recovered from that area. Boxhill also said he could not recall complaints by Trimmingham about his epileptic condition, only recalling the man’s mother saying he had to eat on time.
Boxhill said he learnt about Trimmingham’s complaint when he read about it in the station diary of the Four Roads Police Station.
The trial continues on Monday.