Keyana’s stepfather to face murder charge

By Denyse Renne

Instructions have been given to charge the stepfather of six-year-old Keyana Cumberbatch with murder.

The instructions were given by Director of Public Pro­secu­tions (DPP) Roger Gas­pard around 8.30 last night.

Sources say the suspect may appear before an Arima magistrate today, once he is processed by police officers.

The suspect has been in custody a little over a week, and the murder charge comes one day after Cumberbatch was laid to rest on Wednesday, following a funeral service where Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar was among the mour­ners.

Cumberbatch’s body was stuffed inside a barrel at her family’s Maloney home last week Thursday.

The child had been missing since Monday evening last week after returning home from St Barbara’s Shouter Baptist Primary School where she was a second-year pupil.

Police said at around 3 p.m. last week Thursday, Cumberbatch’s mother, Simone Willi­ams, told officers of the Malo-

­­ney Police Post there was a stench in her apart­ment.

When officers arrived at the apartment, they carried out a search and found Cumberbatch’s partially decomposed body stuffed in a ship­ping barrel.

An autopsy performed last Friday stated Cumberbatch died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head and she was sexually assaulted either when she was unconscious or dead.

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