policeman stands guard next to attorney and UNC MP Subhas
Panday, from left, who speaks with Mike Singh, Sean Singh,
the grandfather and father of kidnap victim Saada, and San
Fernando mayor Ian Atherly outside the magistrates court
Police had to form a barrier around the four people accused
of kidnapping Saada Singh, who turns four today, to protect
them from an angry mob which jeered and followed them to San
Fernando Magistrates Court yesterday.
off! Back off! shouted the team of 20 policemen and
But the crowd, which began to assemble shortly after 8 am
along Harris Promenade and opposite the police station, lunged
at the two women and two men as they were being escorted to
court at around 11.15 am.
you is dogs! Teacher, you is a dirtiness! the crowd
The jeers continued as Singhs preschool teacher Kimberly
Moonsammy, 22, her cousin Jonathan, 21, both of Vistabella;
Keston Franklyn, 25, of La Brea and Colleen Osborne, 22, of
Pleasantville, came out of the station in handcuffs.
The insults flew as the angry mob walked alongside the accused.
Osborne, who allegedly pretended her name was Michelle and
took Singh from Giselles Montessori School, Archibald
Street, Vistabella, last Thursday, got the brunt of it.
call yourself a mother? a woman shouted.
Osborne began to cry as the crowd swelled.
A High Street vendor, wearing a head wrap, ran from the top
of the promenade to the court shouting at the dreadlocked
you have to shave your head! Rastas dont move so!
Franklyn also vends on High Street.
Following close behind the police escort were Singhs
father Sean, her grandfather Mike, and San Fernando mayor
Osbornes mother, Marsha Patterson, overcome with grief,
collapsed on Court Street, opposite the court.
the truth! The truth go set you free! she cried, as
relatives consoled her.
Moonsammys mother, Judy, also fainted.
The four later appeared in the First Magistrates Court
before acting Deputy Chief Magistrate Mark Wellington jointly
charged with kidnapping Singh.
They were granted bail in the sum of $100,000 each, to reappear
on June 18.
The two Point Fortin residents, Sebastien Mitchell and Kendrick
George, who reportedly told their story to the Express before
surrendering to the police, did not appear.
A police source said they had not been charged with any offence.
Singh was found wandering along Murray Trace, Siparia, by
KFC deliveryman Deoraj Ragoonathsingh on Saturday afternoon,
three days after she was abducted.
granted $100,000 bail each
pre-school teacher was among four people granted $100,000
bail each by a San Fernando magistrate yesterday, when they
appeared in court for the kidnapping of Saada Singh.
Kimberly Moonsammy, 22, a teacher at Giselles Montessori
School and her cousin Jonathan, 21, both of Vistabella; Keston
Franklyn, 25, of La Brea, and Colleen Osborne, 22, of Pleasantville,
appeared before acting Deputy Chief Magistrate Mark Wellington.
They are charged with unlawfully taking and carrying away
Singh on June 3 from Archibald Street, Vistabella.
Attorney Keith Beckles appeared for Franklyn.
Osborne and Kimberly were represented by Dexter Bailey and
Rupert Frank appeared for Jonathan.
The attorneys applied for their bail.
However, assistant Director of Public Prosecutions Roger Gaspard
He said he had information that the accused might interfere
with the prosecutions witnesses.
Gaspard also said the accused faced a serious charge.
Beckles argued that Gaspards claims were ludicrous and
asked him to present proof.
He said that Franklyn, of Vessigny Village, had given himself
up to the police and had been in custody since Friday.
Bailey told Wellington he was surprised by the amount of police
who escorted the accused.
He said this would only feed the media frenzy.
Bailey said kidnapping was still a bailable offence and advised
Wellington to follow the law.
Bailey said his clients had no previous convictions or pending
matters and they should be granted bail.
Gaspard told Wellington that if he granted bail he should
Wellington then fixed bail at $100,000 each. He ordered Kimberly
and Jonathan to report to the Marabella Police Station on
Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays between 8 am and 4 pm.
Franklyn has to report to the La Brea Police Station and Osborne
to the Mon Repos Police Station on the same days.
Wellington also ordered the four to surrender their passports.
wants swift justice
Even as Mike Singh called for justice in his granddaughters
kidnapping, Marsha Patterson, mother of one of the accused,
begged for mercy.
Both stood outside San Fernando CID yesterday, awaiting the
four people charged with Saada Singhs kidnapping to
be taken to court.
Singh said he was grateful for the police, who he felt did
a good job in their investigation.
can see the response of the people, he said of the crowd
assembled at the police station and magistrates court.
want justice quickly.
Singh said the family hoped there wouldnt be any delays
in the case.
He said justice would serve as a deterrent to would-be kidnappers.
His words drew cries from Marsha Patterson, mother of Colleen
Osbourne, 23, who was charged with three others for the kidnapping.
Patterson, who heard Mikes comments, called on the public
not to condemn her daughter before the trial.
Clutching a friend, Patterson cried: God, help Colleen!
Only you know what is in her heart!
Patterson said she spoke to her daughter on Monday night and
told her that Jesus loved her.
tell my child to speak the truth and the truth will set her
free, she said.
Osbourne has two children, aged four and six.
Saadas father Sean met San Fernando mayor Ian Atherly
at the court, but his wife Ria was not present.
Atherly said it was demoralising to see mothers go to court
He called on communities to get together to fight crime, saying
the outcome of Saadas kidnapping was an example of how
people can help the police.
Atherly had provided three cars to the San Fernando police
to help them in their investigation.
Attorney and Princes Town MP Subhas Panday, who met senior
policemen outside the station, commended Atherly for assisting
dont need a big set of legislation to solve crime,
we need to do is work together. The community must help the
have been 12 people kidnapped for ransom so far this year.
In the comparative period last year, there were 20 people
snatched for ransom.