Eleven police officers are expected to be served summonses to appear before the Arima Magistrates’ First Court when the preliminary enquiry into the death of six-year-old Keyana Cumberbatch resumes on October 1, to explain why they had yet to provide statements regarding their involvement in the investigations.
When the enquiry resumed yesterday, the court was informed by State prosecutor Indira Chinebas, who is appearing in the matter along with Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Kathy-Ann Waterman-Latchoo, that the State still had 15 more outstanding statements which they need to have prepared for a later date.
After noting that this was not the first time that the court had been told that there were still outstanding statements, Senior Magistrate Indrani Cedeno, who is the presiding magistrate in the matter, instructed police complainant PC Gonzales to write the summonses in court yesterday so she could ensure they were properly prepared before they were sent to be served on the 11 police officers who were to give statements.
The State also informed the court that they had disclosed four formal statements from police witnesses to the defence, led by attorney Fareed Ali, along with 171 photographs relevant to the prosecution of the matter.
Ali, who is representing murder accused Dwayne Lewis, who is the subject of the enquiry, acknowledged receipt of the disclosed materials and also informed the court that the defence had also received on prior dates the post-mortem report as well as the death certificate.
Lewis, 28, of Maloney, is charged with the murder of his six-year-old step-daughter Keyana Cumberbatch, who went missing on November 25 last year.
An autopsy revealed she had been bludgeoned to death.