RHONDA KRYSTAL RAMBALLY
The ten men charged with the murder of former Xtra Foods
CEO Vindra Naipaul-Coolman were yesterday committed to stand
trial in the High Court.
The committal order was read by Chief Magistrate Sherman
Mc Nicolls who overruled all the submissions of defence
lawyers and held that the State had made out a prima facie
case against the accused men.
Mc Nicolls, presiding in the Port-of-Spain Eighth Court,
said the statement of Keon Gloster was admissible and added
that the testimony of the other witnesses were manifestly
More than a dozen additional police officers were present
in the courtroom as they all surrounded the prisoners
bench and guarded the doorway.
Their presence in the courtroom was much needed since some
of the accused men have had several outbursts in past proceedings
before Mc Nicolls.
The men appeared agitated as Mc Nicolls began reading caution
statements to each of them.
Mc Nicolls began with Shevon Peters and ended with his twin
The accused men refused to sign the statements and some
said they had nothing to say, when asked by Mc Nicolls.
However, the loquacious one in the group Allan Scanny
Martinwhen asked by Mc Nicolls whether he wanted to
say anything, replied: Allah-u-ackbar, Allah is the
On July 17 and 23, Martin had asked Mc Nicolls to let justice
prevail in the matter.
Sporting shades and decked in a white long-sleeved shirt
and denim jeans, he repeated his declaration to Mc Nicolls.
Mc Nicolls said he didnt ask if he (Allah) was the
greatest but if he (Martin) wished to give evidence.
Martin replied: I am putting it to you that he is
that your position? Mc Nicolls asked.
is my position.
When presented with the court document for signature, Martin
tore the sheet of paper in two and then told Mc Nicolls:
Charge me for something I do.
Mc Nicolls responded by telling him: That is
very foolish of you.
One of the accused began grumbling, I never know this
would ah be so nasty.
up and be quiet, Mc Nicolls told him.
Another remarked about the rotten sardines and ole
bread they giving we.
Throughout the proceedings, the accused men kept twisting
and turning in their seats.
One of them did not stop tugging at his goatee, another
kept rubbing his hands, one bent his head and the others
kept looking over their shoulders and around the courtroom.
When Mc Nicolls made his exit, the accused men remained
They quietly rose from the prisoners bench to be handcuffed
by the awaiting police officers.
Xtra Foods CEO Vindra Naipaul-Coolman was snatched outside
her home on Radix Road, Lange Park, Chaguanas, on December
19, 2006. .
The body of the 51-year-old woman was never found.
Shevon Peters, 20, also called Buffy, 21, his
twin brother Devon, Allan Scanny Martin, Earl
Bobo Trimmingham, 25, his younger brother Marlon
Madman Trimmingham, Keida Garcia, Ronald Armstrong,
Antonio Hedges Charles, Joel Ninja
Fraser and Lyndon James are charged with her kidnapping
An 11th accused, Raphael Williams, was charged but is expected
to face a separate inquiry.
That matter was adjourned to August 13.