Cops charged with murder

Judicial review application dismissed...

By Rickie Ramdass

A HIGH COURT judge has cleared the way to have warrants issued for the arrest of three police officers and have them charged with murder.
Justice David Harris yesterday dismissed a judicial review application filed by the officers after Coroner Nalini Singh ordered in March of last year that they be charged with the murder of a Laventille man following an inquest at the Port of Spain Magistrates’ Court.
Senior Counsel Israel Khan, who is one of the attorneys representing Sgt Terrence Roy and PCs Damany Bentick and Kene Baldwin, said he intended to file a notice of appeal challenging Harris’s judgment.
In May of last year, Singh ordered that the officers be charged with the murder of Nazim Cristian who was killed on May 5, 2005.
However, after the coroner’s ruling, the officers were not immediately arrested and instead filed an application for judicial review at the High Court resulting in a stay of the execution of the arrest warrants.
The Express understands that up to late yesterday evening, the warrants still had not been executed despite Harris dismissing the judicial review application.
Cristian was shot and killed by police officers who responded to a shooting at Mariquette Street, East Dry River, Port of Spain.
During the inquest, evidence was given that Cristian shot at the officers, hitting Baldwin in the right hand.
Civilian witness Erica John, however, testified that she and her son Jivonne saw the officers surround Cristian before shooting him.
Also representing the officers was attorney Ulric Skerrit, while Jagdeo Singh appeared on behalf of the Office of the Attorney General.
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