A STATE witness in the trial of double murder accused Paul Vincent was deemed a hostile witness yesterday.
During the testimony of Crystal Seerattan, she told State prosecutor Renuka Rambhajan that she could not remember what transpired on April 22, 2005, when she went to the Siparia Criminal Investigation Department, on Vincent’s request.
Seerattan said she did not know Vincent well and only knew him by the nickname “Boy Boy”.
She gave a statement which she said she had signed back in 2005, but when questioned, said she could not remember certain occurrences of the day.
To help Seerattan’s memory, Rambhajan asked that an officer involved in the investigation enter the San Fernando First Criminal Court.
Acting Inspector Sean Dhillpaul was brought, but Seerattan said she could not remember him.
It was then that Rambhajan asked for the witness to be deemed hostile.
Justice Mark Mohammed explained to the jury that a hostile witness was one who was expected to testify about certain information but instead testified differently.
He said in such a case an attorney is allowed to cross-examine their own witness.
Seerattan is expected to return to the witness stand tomorrow.
Vincent is charged with the murders of Radha Pixie Lakhan, 16, and Taramatie Toolsie, 40.
Lakhan’s remains were found a short distance from her home a month after she went missing after leaving school early that day because of water problems.
Toolsie never made it to her job at Penal Government Primary School.
Her remains were found down a precipice covered with bags and tyres.
Both women had been raped and strangled to death.
It was after a five-week adjournment that the matter resumed yesterday.
At the last hearing of the case, the judge had told the jury that they should forget everything about the case and go about their daily lives.
However, Mohammed told the jury not to misinterpret what he meant and explained that they should not have focused excessively on the case during the break, but refresh their minds which would have become saturated with evidence.
He said that this did not mean that they had to abandon their duty as jurors as this duty was constant and continuous in the case.
Five weeks ago, the judge had promised that he would have re-capped the evidence in the case and did so yesterday for about two hours.
Vincent is being represented by attorney Rekha Ramjit, who is being instructed by attorney Michael Rooplal.
State attorney Angelica Teelucksingh is appearing alongside Rambhajan.