Saturday, February 24, 2018

Warrants issued for two State witnesses

WARRANTS have been issued for the arrest of prosecution

witnesses in the case against two men charged with killing and dismembering a mother and her son.

The court recently issued warrants for brothers Akini and Aquindi Nicholas. The two were served summonses to appear before the San Fernando First Magistrates' Court two weeks ago but failed to do so.

Following information given to the court by Sergeant Peter Ramdeen, the officer who charged Anton Goodridge and Shazard Rajack with the murders, Deputy Chief Magistrate Mark Wellingotn ordered that warrants be issued for the brothers.

Upon arrest, they will be placed on $3,000 bail.

Last September, warrants were issued for five prosecution witnesses after they had failed to appear in court to testify in the matter.

The preliminary enquiry, which is proceeding by way of paper committal, where the State filed witness statements and the defence has been given the option of calling witnesses to give oral evidence, began last year.

It is alleged that Goodridge and Rajack killed Diane Williams and her eight-year-old son Shaquille Morgan. The headless bodies of Williams and her child were found at the Forres Park Landfill near Claxton Bay on July 21, 2010.

Rajack is being represented by defence attorney Jagdeo Singh. Goodridge's attorney is Ainsley Lucky. The case will next be called on Monday.