|Jury shown knives |
AZARD ALI Tuesday, March 21 2017
THE judge and jury in the Mayaro Murder Trial were yesterday shown two knives, pillow cases and a short pants which were taken from Ria Ramlochan’s house where she and her baby were killed in 2005. She was thrown in a latrine pit and the 18-month-old boy, into the Mafeking River.
The State resumed leading evidence and called a police Inspector who testified that when he questioned the accused Anand Babooram, 41, about the killings, Babooram insisted he wanted to see his father.
Babooram is on trial before Justice Althea Alexis-Windsor for killing Ramlochan and her baby boy Ishmael Timothy Ragbir, at the victims’ home in Solomon Street, Mayaro. Sgt Nizodeen Mohammed who was a Crime Scene Investigator testified that on August 13, 2005 at Ramlochan’s home, he found a purse and a black coloured knife in a black casing.
He returned with members of the waste disposal unit of the Sangre Grande Regional Corporation and after the cesspit was cleaned, he retrieved a brown handle knife.
He also took possession of a chequered boxer shorts. The two knives and shorts were shown to the jury. A light green-coloured and yellow-patterned pillow case which Mohammed seized, was also shown to the jury. Senior State Attorney Shabanna Shah is leading the prosecution’s case.
Attorney Rekha Ramjit, instructed by attorney Gina Ramjohn, is defending Babooram and she cross-examined Mohammed who in answer to some of her questions, said he did not examine Ramlochan’s house for fingerprints because it did not appear to have been ransacked or tampered with.
He said he also did not lift any fingerprints from the knives.
Inspector Fitzgerald George testified that he recorded two interviews with accused Babooram, but on both occasions he refused to sign the notes. He said that when he confronted Babooram in a room in the Mayaro Police Station about the murders, the accused told him, “Right now ah cyah talk. Ah could see meh father first? After I see he, I go see what happen.” The trial is continuing