Twenty-eight-year-old Jonathan Bernard appeared virtually before Senior Magistrate (Ag) Cheron Raphael at the Sangre Grande Magistrates’ Court today charged with murder.
Bernard was charged with the murder of Kevin Torres, following the advice of Acting Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Ms. Joan Honore-Paul. The matter was adjourned to April 23rd.
According to police reports, around 10 pm on October 23rd while entering his Sellier Street, Sangre Grande home a man observed another man lying motionless in his yard. He also noticed a Nissan B-14 vehicle parked a short distance away and he contacted the police.
Officers attached to the Sangre Grande Police Station responded to the report. On arrival at the scene, officers observed the body of the deceased, Kevin Torres lying off the roadway in the open yard. The District Medical Officer visited the scene, viewed the body, made a pronouncement, issued a referral and ordered the removal of the body pending a post mortem examination at the Forensic Science Centre.
Crime Scene Investigators processed the scene and retrieved one spent nine-millimetre shell casing and swabs of both hands of the deceased. The Nissan B-14 vehicle was conveyed to SERU on wrecker and escorted by the Homicide C.S.I.s. Investigations were conducted following which Bernard was arrested and charged.