One of the two men, accused of murdering six-year-old Sean Luke when they were teenagers, is claiming that he was not on the scene of the crime.
This was revealed yesterday as High Court Judge Lisa Ramsumair-Hinds continued to deal with preliminary legal issues in the case.
During the hearing, Ramsumair-Hinds read Akeel Mitchell’s defence statement, in which he denied any involvement in the crime and claimed to have an alibi.
Ramsumair-Hinds then asked Mitchell if he agreed with the document and he said yes.
More details of Mitchell’s defence are expected to be revealed when the case eventually goes to trial later this month.
The defence statement for Mitchell’s co-accused Richard Chatoor is yet to be read in open court by Ramsumair-Hinds, who is currently dealing with legal challenges over the interview he had with police before he was charged.
Luke’s body was found in a sugar cane field near his home at Orange Valley Road in Couva in March 2006.
The six-year-old had been sodomized with a sugar cane stalk that ruptured his intestines and internal organs.
Luke’s murder sparked public outrage and is still considered to be one of the most gruesome killings in recent history.
Mitchell is being represented by Mario Merritt, Randall Raphael, and Kirby Joseph, while Evans Welch, Kelston Pope, and Gabriel Hernandez are representing Chatoor. Sabrina Dougdeen-Jaglal and Anju Bhola are prosecuting.