Man on trial for killing brothers claims he was set up

A man ac­cused of mur­der­ing and bury­ing two Ce­dros broth­ers 14 years ago is claim­ing that he on­ly signed in­ter­view notes which he claimed were fab­ri­cat­ed by the po­lice be­cause he thought he was go­ing to be al­lowed to go home.

This came out in the tri­al yes­ter­day as In­sp Pe­ter Ramdeen who had in­ter­viewed Ka­reem Guade­loupe, was cross-ex­am­ined by de­fence at­tor­ney Lar­ry Williams in the San Fer­nan­do Sec­ond Crim­i­nal As­sizes.

Guade­loupe is be­fore Jus­tice Lisa Ram­sumair-Hinds charged with mur­der­ing broth­ers Nigel, 23, and Neil, 25, See­baran at their Syfoo Trace, Granville home.

They went miss­ing on No­vem­ber 17, 2005 and on Jan­u­ary 12, 2006 their bod­ies were found hud­dled in a grave about 100 feet to the back of their home.

In his ev­i­dence, Ramdeen said on June 3, 2009, an of­fi­cer from the Point Fortin Po­lice Sta­tion called him on his cell­phone and spoke with him.

He then spoke to some­one who iden­ti­fied him­self as the ac­cused. Nine days lat­er, Ramdeen met Guade­loupe and his com­mon-law wife An­na Hope in a room at the Homi­cide Bu­reau of In­ves­ti­ga­tions in San Fer­nan­do.

He said Guade­loupe did not ob­ject to be­ing in­ter­viewed, say­ing, “I come for­ward to talk to you.”

Guade­loupe, he said, then gave his ac­count of the in­ci­dent and he (Ramdeen) asked him sev­er­al ques­tions.

Ramdeen said Guade­loupe and Hope signed the in­ter­view notes.

Un­der cross ex­am­i­na­tion, Guade­loupe’s at­tor­ney sug­gest­ed to Ramdeen that his client did not tell him (Ramdeen) that he want­ed to speak to him about the broth­ers’ deaths.

“You are in­cor­rect,” replied Ramdeen.

Williams sug­gest­ed to Ramdeen that he asked Guade­loupe his per­son­al back­ground in­for­ma­tion, left the room for about an hour and came back with pre­pared in­ter­view notes.

“The in­ter­view notes were a mix­ture of bio da­ta in­for­ma­tion tak­en from Guade­loupe, in­ti­mate de­tails you have about the deaths and what­ev­er else the po­lice sought to put in there.”

Deny­ing all the sug­ges­tions, Ramdeen said he did not leave the room ex­cept with the ac­cused for a bath­room break.

The of­fi­cer said he had in­ti­mate de­tails about the broth­ers' death from his per­son­al in­ves­ti­ga­tions in­to the mat­ter pri­or to him in­ter­view­ing Guade­loupe, but de­nied that the in­ter­view notes were fab­ri­cat­ed. He said every­thing writ­ten on the in­ter­view notes were told to him by the ac­cused.

Williams al­so sug­gest­ed to Ramdeen that when he re­turned to the room with “the pre­pared in­ter­view notes” he asked the ac­cused if he could read and write.

Williams said his client re­port­ed­ly told the of­fi­cer: “He can’t read all that good but if that is about go­ing home you don’t have to read noth­ing.”

He said the ac­cused then signed the in­ter­view notes and al­so told Hope to sign the pa­per­work as he was go­ing home. Ramdeen said those claims were not true.

At­tor­ney Michelle Ali is in­struct­ing Williams while State at­tor­neys Sta­cy Laloo-Chong and Joanne For­rester are pros­e­cut­ing the case.

The tri­al con­tin­ues to­day.

Reporter: Sascha Wilson

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