Trinidad: Boy, 16, charged with murder of national awardee

A brochure congratulating Hassena Ali after she won the Public Service Medal of Merit (Gold) for her service to the country in 2012.

(Trinidad Express) A 16-year-old was one of two people who appeared before the Chaguanas Magistrates’ Court charged with the murder of national awardee Haseena Ali.

Videsh Sooklal, 32 of Curepe was jointly charged with him for the indicatable offence.

The two appeared before magistrate Adrian Darmanie who read the allegation that on November 2 at Beaucarro Road, they murdered Ali.

The charge was laid by constable Valdez.

Ali, 74, a former Board of Inland Revenue commissioner and chairman and recipient of the Public Service Medal of Merit-Gold, was found dead at her home earlier this month. Her house was set on fire and her partially burnt body was later discovered. An autopsy found she had been stabbed.

There were no family members for the minor present in court for the hearing of matter but police prosecutor Sgt Soodeen told the court that his family members were informed of the situation.

The two accused were advised that they could apply to Legal Aid Authority for representation.

The teen of Cunupia was remanded to the Youth Training Centre while Sooklal was sent to Remand Yard.

The matter was transferred to the Couva Magistrates’ Court for November 21.

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