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Vindra murder trial delayed again

Although the Legal Aid and Advisory Board vacancies have been filled, several trials in the High Court cannot proceed as accused people are yet to receive legal representation.

Among the accused are those awaiting trial for the kidnapping and murder of Vindra Naipaul-Coolman and the kidnapping and murder of real estate agent Gerald Gopaul.

Justice Anthony Carmona was forced to adjourn the matters yesterday to December 8, hoping in the interim, some of the accused are able to access legal aid.

The accused- Shervon Peters, Keida Garcia, Marlon and Earl Trimmingham, Ronald Armstrong, Antonio Charles, Joel Fraiser, Lyndon James, Allan Martin, Devon Peters, Anthony Dwayne Gloster, Jamille Garcia and Rafael Williams, are all charged with the December 2006 kidnapping and subsequent murder of Naipaul-Coolman.

Naipaul-Coolman, 52, was snatched from her Lange Park, Chaguanas home while pulling into her driveway on December 19, 2006. Part of the ransom was paid, however, she was not freed and it was announced at a police press conference that she is dead.

Also appearing before Carmona were, Sherwyn Chrystom, Kenneth Pierre, Kendell Joseph alias "Blackette", Paul Boodoo, former soldier Ricardo Stevenson, Clifford Sorias and Martin Critchlow.

All seven are jointly charged with murdering businessman Gerald Gopaul.

Gopaul, 52, of Papourie Road, Diamond Village, San Fernando, was abducted from the Diamond Recreation Bar near his home on July 8, 2005.

His body was found by soldiers on Trantrill Road, Valsayn, on July 19, 2005, wrapped in plastic. —DR

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