al Muslimeen leader Yasin Abu Bakr is escorted from the Hall
of Justice yesterday by his followers after his conspiracy
to commit murder trial closed for the day.
Murder accused and self-confessed kidnapper Brent Danglade
said in evidence yesterday he used to collect $800 each fortnight
for posing as a ghost foreman in the Unemployment Relief Programme.
Danglade, aka Small Brent, told the jury he was
forced to take the shahada (initiation) to become a Muslim
in order to get work because Muslims were controlling
Danglade, who has confessed to being involved in kidnappings
and murders, is one of the States main witnesses against
Jamaat al Muslimeen leader, Yasin Abu Bakr.
Bakr is accused of conspiring to murder expelled members Salim
Rasheed and Zaki Aubaidah, on June 4, 2003, at Citrine Drive,
Diamond Vale, Diego Martin.
The trial is taking place before Justice Mark Mohammed in
the Port-of-Spain Third Court.
The witness said after his release from prison in 2001 he
was unable to get a job. He said Muslims were controlling
everything in the St Anns area and because of this he
took the shahada to get employment.
He spent his second day in the witness box yesterday and was
grilled for the entire day by Bakrs attorney, Pamela
The witness said under the URP programme you did not
had to work to get money.
Danglade, 27, said he was hired as an area foreman and was
put in charge of region three which comprises parts of Cascade,
St Anns and Port-of-Spain.
He said he was his own boss and collected pay although he
did not work.
He claimed he could not remember who had hired him as the
area foreman. But, he said, it was the person responsible
Danglade said his job as an area foreman paid more than a
regular foreman and his work was signing time sheets.
He said, I had reasonable pay for no work, adding
that he never spent one day working in the hot sun.
Danglade said he could not remember how long he collected
money for not woking.
He said when he spoke on Monday of living a life of deceit
he meant that he could not let his associates know all his
Asked by the DPP to explain what he meant, Danglade said he
meant that if he kidnapped a victim and demanded a ransom
of about $100,000 he could not let anyone know.
would want a cut although they did not put out an effort in
the kidnapping, he said.
He said he was not surprised that although he had confessed
to kidnappings he was not charged.
did not find that strange.
He said there were a lot of kidnappings and Bakr was around.
Objections were quickly raised and Danglade could not continue
this piece of testimony.
Danglade said when he confessed to Sgt Wayne Dick about his
involvement in kidnappings at Homicide Bureau on July 10,
2003, the officer did not take any notes and did not caution
He said he had only heard about Dick before that day. He said
he knew there was a hit on his head before going
to the Homicide Bureau to confess to Dick.
Danglade is expected to be re-examined by DPP Geoffrey Henderson
when hearing resumes today.
Queens Counsel Sir Timothy Cassel, DPP Geoffrey Henderson,
Senior state attorney Wayne Rajbansie and State attorney George
Pamela Elder, SC, Owen Hinds Jr
The judge: Mark Mohammed
The accused: Yasin Abu Bakr
Court: Port-of-Spain Third Criminal Court.