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Sunday 18 March 2018

Magistrate laments wasted time in 2014 murder trial


Jamiel Earle and Kevin Thomas reappeared before Acting Chief Magistrate Maria Busby Earle-Caddle at the Port of Spain Magistrate’s Eighth Court yesterday to begin the preliminary inquiry into their murder charges of Ishmael Bain and Derek Joseph aka ‘Warlord’ on Nelson Street, Port of Spain and the possession of firearms and ammunition in 2014.

Witnesses and complainants were the subject of a lengthy and rigorous cross-examination by defense attorney Criston J Williams who probed evidence collected at the scene of the crime and the chain of custody of this evidence.

On Monday Earle-Caddle lamented the slow pace of the trial which has been ongoing since 2014.

“I put certain times for this matter to be heard, so when we only use ten minutes for the day to spend on these matters it wastes time.”

The inquiry continues on August 17.


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