Detective constable Darwin Ghouralal (right) after being freed on the charge of murder today. PHOTO by DAVE PERSAD
Cop freed on charge of murdering eight-year-old Daniel Guerra
"No prima facie case had been made out against this accused. He is discharged"
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LITTLE Daniel Guerra's killer remains unknown. Detective Constable Darwin Ghourlalal, who was charged with the eight-year-old child's murder, walked out of the San Fernando Magistrates Court a free man this afternoon.
Darwin Ghouralal gave the media the victory sign as he left.
Defence attorney senior counsel Sophia Chote said that justice had been served.Moments earlier, San Fernando Senior Magistrate Rajendra Rambachan upheld the no case submission made last month by Chote.
"No prima facie case had been made out against this accused. He is discharged," Rambachan said. An emotional Ghouralal hugged his attorney.
Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Joan Honore-Paul immediately applied for a judge's warrant. This happens when the State intends to review the evidence in a case to possibly make another arrest.
Ghouralal, who had 15 years' service as a police officer and last worked with the Robbery Squad of the Southern Division, first appeared in court on April 12 2011 facing the allegation that he killed the boy.
Sergeant Anderson Parriman charged him with murdering Daniel on a date unknown between February 17 and February 21. Guerra's decomposing body was found in a river along the Tarouba Link Road, two days after he went missing.
The boy, a second standard pupil of the Gasparillo Government Primary School, was last seen standing near the track leading to his family's Bedeau Street, Gasparillo home. He was returning from buying soft drinks at a nearby parlour.
(full details in Thursday's Trinidad Express newspaper)