Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Prosecution to bring 11 witnesses

Woman charged with killing husband appears in court


in custody: Himlata Samaroo is escorted to the Mayaro Magistrates’ Court yesterday, charged with the murder of her husband, Joash Ali, at the couple’s apartment in St Ann’s Village, Mayaro, last Sunday. —Photo: Nikita Braxton

Mark Fraser

ELEVEN witnesses are expected to testify against Himlata Samaroo who has been charged with the murder of her husband.

Samaroo, 27, of Tabaquite, ap­peared before Magistrate Gail Gonzales yesterday in the Mayaro Magistrates’ Court, charged with the murder of Joash Ali last Sunday in St Ann’s Village, Mayaro.

The indictable charge was laid by Constable Racha.

Ali, 25, of Rio Claro, was stabbed multiple times in the chest and abdomen.

Samaroo, an administrative assistant working in Galeota Point, Mayaro, and Ali, a security guard, lived in a rented apartment in Mayaro.

Following the reading of the charge, police prosecutor acting Sergeant Gadar said there were 11 prosecution witnesses in the case.

He said an expedited file will be sent to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Gonzales commended the officers.

Samaroo was represented by Senior Counsel Sophia Chote. Defence attorney Rosario Sookdeo was also present.

Chote requested her client return to court before the customary 28-day prison remand.

She said it had been her obser­va­-

tion that it took lon­ger for a State attorney to be appointed when a person is re­-

manded for 28 days.

Magistrate Gonzales said due to the manner in which she managed matters, should she be there, this will not take place.

Gadar also said it should not take long for the process of the swearing and filing and statements to be started.

He said a senior officer often liai­ses with the homicide office, and the charging officer would use his initiative.

Magistrate Gonzales said she was pleased since she was yet to understand how a file took months to reach the DPP’s office and the process then takes years.

Samaroo was remanded in prison custody until July 17.