Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Paper committal for two charged with killing mom and son


Cross-examined: Constable Ganesh  Chinpire outside the San Fernando Magistrates' Court yesterday. —Photo: TREVOR WATSON

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TWENTY-five witness statements were tendered as evidence yesterday in the case in which two men are charged with killing and dismembering a mother and son three years ago.

Thirty-one exhibits were also tendered in the matter in which Anton Goodridge and Shazard Rajack, both of Betrand Street, San Fernando, are charged with killing Diane Williams and her son Shaquille Morgan.

The headless bodies of the two were found at the Forres Park Landfill near Claxton Bay on July 21, 2010.

Williams' arms were found buried in a shallow grave at Old Train Line, Ste Madeleine, days later.

Yesterday, defence attorneys Ainsley Lucky and Shawn Teekasingh, who is holding for attorney Jagdeo Singh, made no objection to the State tendering the evidence.

The enquiry is proceeding by way of paper committal,which consists of recorded statements from prosecution witnesses being entered into evidence and the defence selecting witnesses to give oral evidence.

It is a faster procedure than a preliminary enquiry where evidence is taken from each witness from the stand.

Lucky is representing Goodridge and Singh is defending Rajack. The matter is being heard in the San Fernando First Magistrates' Court before Deputy Chief Magistrate Mark Wellington.

Detectives Hamza Mohammed and Ganesh Chinpire were cross-examined yesterday by Lucky, who has asked that the State produce seven witnesses.

The matter was adjourned to January 23, when Lucky is expected to cross-examine four State witnesses.

Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Joan Honore-Paul and State attorney Sarah De Silva are prosecuting.