Monday, December 18, 2017

3 new photos found

THREE newly discovered photographs that did not initially form part of the State’s case in the Vindra Naipaul-Coolman murder trial were tendered into evidence yesterday at the Hall of Justice in Port of Spain.

The negatives for the photographs were found last Friday in an envelope that contained photographs of another crime scene at the Police Photography Department, Port of Spain.

Police photographer WPC Lisa Sambury testified yesterday before Justice Malcolm Holdip in the Second Criminal Court that last week she was reminded by Supt Anthony James of the three photographs she had taken at Upper La Puerta Avenue, Diego Martin, on the morning of January 6, 2007.

Sambury testified that after being reminded of the photos, she searched a filing cabinet before coming upon the negatives. The negatives were then developed, said the officer.

“The photographs showed a stove in the small red brick house in which the State is contending Naipaul-Coolman was murdered. On the stove was a metal pot that contained four items resembling stove burners and a roll of tape. Also seen in the image was a pool table,” Sambury testified.

The prosecuting team of attorneys are seeking to prove that Naipaul-Coolman was sitting on the pool table in the brick house with her legs, hands and mouth bound with duct tape before being shot once to the chest. Twelve men from the Diego Martin area are currently charged with the murder.

Also tendered into evidence were six other photographs that previously formed part of the prosecution’s case during the preliminary enquiry at the Port of Spain Magistrates’ Court.

Those photos also showed the red brick house, a bed in the house stained with a substance resembling blood and other areas surrounding the house. Also shown in one of the image was a cutlass next to a parlour close to the house.

Under cross-examination, Sambury explained that after taking the photographs and developing the roll of film that contained 36 exposures, the three negatives were inadvertently placed in another envelope. She said she did not remember taking the photographs until being reminded by Supt James.

Asked how she had forgotten taking the photos but James, who is not a photographer did not, Sambury said when she went to Diego Martin James was present while she captured the images.

Naipaul-Coolman was kidnapped from the driveway of her Lange Park, Chaguanas home on the night of December 19, 2006. She was never released by her abductors nor had her body ever been found.

Sambury will return to court on Monday for further cross-examination.