Akil Elder 34, Ako John 33, Akeido Edwards 30, and Kashaun Boyce 27 will stand trial for murder, attempted murder, and setting a house on fire with persons in it.

They appeared virtually before Chief Magistrate Maria Busby Earle-Caddle on January during the Preliminary Inquiry relative to the death of 6-year-old Paris Griffith, the attempted murder of her mother, and arson.

According to police reports, on the morning of Saturday 20th August, 2016, a woman was at home with her daughter in their wooden structure dwelling house at Straker Village, Laventille, when she realized the house was engulfed in flames.

The woman escaped through a space at the side of the front door of the house but was unable to secure her daughter’s escape. Residents were also unsuccessful in their attempts to rescue the child.

Members of the Cold Case Unit pursued the investigation in 2018. It resulted in four suspects being charged by lead investigator Sgt (Ag.) Sheldon Narine for the offences based on instructions received from the Director of Public Prosecutions, Roger Gaspard, SC.