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Murder accused goes free after 7 years...wants KFC

By Rickie Ramdass rickie.ramdass@trinidadexpress.com

A CHAGUANAS man was yesterday found not guilty of murdering another man from Chagua­nas seven years ago.

After walking out of the Hall of Justice in Port of Spain, Joel Shah told the Express the first thing he intended to do was have a meal at KFC.

He was charged with shooting to death Sheldon “Sugar Pie” James, 23, on June 1, 2006, in Goodwill Trace, Enterprise.

Shah also told reporters he believed the police needed to do proper investigative work before charging individuals and bringing them before the court.

“If they did proper work, I would not have been in prison for seven and a half years, but God doesn’t sleep,” he said.

 The trial was heard before Justice Hayden St Clair-Douglas.

During the course of the trial, the State’s main witness, Sham­mie Jagroop, confessed to visiting Shah in prison but denied he told Shah he was sorry for having him in pri­son.

He also denied telling Shah he was going tell the “truth” in court of what happened on the night of the shooting.

The 12-member jury deliberated for just over 30 minutes before returning with the not-guilty ver­dict.

Shah was represented by attorney Tristle Khan-Leu while the State was represented by Erica Bap­tiste-Ramkissoon and Tracy Vidale.

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