The temporary prohibition against the publication of the evidence of two State witnesses in the trial of two men, accused of murdering Sean Luke when they were teenagers, is expected to be lifted tomorrow.
The prohibition issued by High Court Judge Lisa Ramsumair-Hinds will be lifted provided that Luke’s neighbour Arvis Pradeep completes his testimony during tomorrow’s hearing.
Ramsumair-Hinds’ order also extended to the testimony of another resident, Avinash Baboolal, who completed his evidence on Monday.
Baboolal and Pradeep were the 16th and 17th witnesses to testify since the trial started last month.
Thirteen of the witnesses, including Luke’s mother Pauline Bharath, who completed her evidence on Monday, have testified in-person from virtual court facilities at the San Fernando High Court.
The evidence of the other three witnesses was tendered via formal admissions, as they were not contested by the duo’s defence attorneys.
Luke went missing on the evening of March 26, 2006 and his body was found two days later in an abandoned sugarcane field which bounds his community.
An autopsy revealed that he died from internal injuries arising out of being sodomised with a cane stalk.
Richard Chatoo and his stepfather’s nephew Akeel Mitchell, who lived with his family near to Luke’s house, were teenagers when they were charged with the crime.
Mitchell is being represented by Mario Merritt, Kirby Joseph and Randall Raphael, while Evans Welch, Kelston Pope and Gabriel Hernandez are representing Chatoo.
Sabrina Dougdeen-Jaglal, Anju Bhola and Sophia Sandy-Smith are prosecuting.