Man charged with soldier's murder to appear in court

The man accused of fatally shooting a soldier in Gasparillo, on Thursday 15th March, 2018, is expected to appear before a San Fernando Magistrate today, charged with nine offenses including, murder.

Brandon Pooran, 26, a labourer, of Dalloo Road, Gasparillo, is also charged with attempted murder of his 36-year-old aunt and the victim’s wife, Radica Pooran, wounding with intent against his 31-year-old brother, Ravi Pooran, two counts of shooting with intent against the victim’s nine-year-old son and seven-year-old daughter, possession of firearm, possession of ammunition, possession of firearm with intent to endanger life and possession ammunition.

The charges were laid following advice received from Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Joan Honore-Paul, on Sunday 25th March, 2018.

Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force, No. 9331 Sgt. Ken Palmer, 42, of Olera Heights Circular Road, San Fernando, was at the home of his wife’s relatives, at Dalloo Road, Gasparillo, when he got into an altercation with an occupant of the house.

The man is alleged to have gone to a nearby house and returned with a firearm and proceeded to shoot the victim, who died at the scene. Investigations were supervised by Insp. Darryl Coorie and Insp. (Ag.) Learie Figaro both of Homicide Bureau of Investigations, (HBI) Region 3, while Pooran was charged by Cpl Ian Bobb, also of HBI Region 3, on Monday 26th March, 2018.

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