THE suspect in the Keyianna Noel kidnapping failed to surrender to the police yesterday as the media were led to believe.
The Express received a report the suspect was going to meet his lawyer, Fareed Ali, on St Vincent Street, Port of Spain, at 4 p.m., and thereafter have his lawyer accompany him to the Central Police Station where he was to surrender himself.
However, while awaiting his arrival, the suspect called Ali to ask who were all the people standing on St Vincent Street and if they were police officers as by that time, a numbers of journalists and cameramen from various media houses had assembled.
The suspect was informed by Ali that persons he saw were members of the media.
When the media left the scene at 6 p.m after a two-hour vigil, the suspect had not shown up.
Speaking to the media prior to receiving that particular phone call, Ali said at this stage, he could not say if his client was officially a suspect.
“I have not been informed of such, however, his relatives are quite concerned for his safety, and it is out of an abundance of caution we chose to do it this way.
“We want to ensure that he’s handed over in good health. I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
Ali said he did not want his client to be picked up under any other circumstance and ended up being bruised and battered.
“If he’s not a suspect then under the terms of the law, he should be released,” Ali said.
He said they chose outside the Guardian Building on St Vincent Street because his office was not available and he had no authority to do it in front of a police station.
“His relatives would be more at ease,” Ali said.
Ali, who is also representing Allan Thomas, the man charged with the murder of his one-year-old son, Jacob Munroe, said his client appeared at the Tunapuna Magistrate Court yesterday and was remanded to reappear on January 6.
Ali said he had made an application on December 6 for Thomas to be sent for evaluation at the St Ann’s Psychiatric Hospital, which was eventually acceded to.
“However, when he appeared today, the staff at St Ann’s in charge of his evaluation asked the court for an additional 14 days as they were unable to complete it within the first 14-day period,” he said.
Ali said he’s fearful for his client’s life as he personally overheard a prison officer say to other prisoners: “Which one of you want him first, he’s good for five stabs.
“If a prison officer could indicate to fellow jailors that they should initiate violence towards my client, then there’s cause for concern,” he said.
Ali said he will be making representation to the court, regarding the obvious threat to the life of his client.