Friday, February 23, 2018

Public hearing comes to a halt

HIGH COURT judge Jus­tice Malcolm Holdip continues to address several internal issues in the Vindra Naipaul-Coolman murder trial, bringing the public hearing of the matter to a halt.

Since last Thursday, the judge had been addressing the issues, with the hope of having them resolved in the shortest possible time before the matter could be recommenced.

Up to the end of yesterday’s hearing, however, all of the issues had not been resolved.

The matter will resume this morning, but it is uncertain if any evidence will be heard today or tomorrow, legal sources involved in the matter told the Express.

So far, ten of the 73 State witnesses have giv­en evidence before Justice Holdip and the 12-member jury and six alternates.

Naipaul-Coolman, 49, was kidnapped from the driveway of her Lange Park, Chaguanas, home on the night of December 19, 2006.

The State is alleging she was killed in a house in Upper La Puerta Ave­nue, Diego Martin, on December 28, 2006, by the 12 men currently on trial for the murder.