Trinidad: Form Five student charged with shooting cashier

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Trinidad: Form Five student charged with shooting cashier
Miguel Thompson, 18, is escorted to the Siparia Magistrate Court on Monday where he was charged with the shooting of Navita Premchand at her workplace in Fyzabad.
Miguel Thompson, 18, is escorted to the Siparia Magistrate Court on Monday where he was charged with the shooting of Navita Premchand at her workplace in Fyzabad.

(TRINIDAD GUARDIAN) – A Form Five stu­dent has been de­nied bail af­ter ap­pear­ing in court charged with shoot­ing at Navi­ta Prem­c­hand with in­tent to kill her.

Miguel Thomp­son, 18, ap­peared in the Siparia First Mag­is­trates Court yes­ter­day charged with five of­fences stem­ming from the in­ci­dent.

Prem­c­hand, 32, is still ward­ed in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion at hos­pi­tal.

Pros­e­cu­tor Sgt Starr Ja­cob told Se­nior Mag­is­trate Mar­garet Alert that doc­tors have ad­vised her fam­i­ly to have “cau­tious hope” for her sur­vival.

Prem­c­hand, 32, a cashier, was at her work­place Unique Books and Sports Cen­tre two Fri­days ago when two men en­tered and shot her.

She was shot five times on the face, hand, chest and leg.

Thomp­son was not called up­on to plead to any of the charges which were laid by Sgt Ram­saran.

The charges al­leged that on Feb­ru­ary 28 at But­ler Ave, Fyz­abad he had a firearm and am­mu­ni­tion with in­tent to en­dan­ger Prem­c­hand’s life, he was in pos­ses­sion of those items with­out be­ing the hold­er of a Firearm Users Li­cence and that he shot at Prem­c­hand with in­tent to mur­der her.

The pros­e­cu­tion in­formed the court that they will be pro­ceed­ing via pa­per com­mit­tal with ap­prox­i­mate­ly 25 wit­ness state­ments from 18 wit­ness­es.

Thomp­son’s at­tor­ney Dar­ryl Mitchell sent a mes­sage to the court ask­ing that the mat­ter be ad­journed to 1 pm.

The mag­is­trate did not grant his re­quest.

In­stead, at­tor­ney Ram­nar­ine Soor­jans­ingh held for Mitchell and made a bail ap­pli­ca­tion for Thomp­son.

Soor­jans­ingh said the ac­cused is in Form Five and was prepar­ing to sit the CSEC ex­ams. .

He said the teenag­er lived with his fa­ther and had no pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions or pend­ing mat­ters.

How­ev­er, Ja­cob ob­ject­ed to bail on the grounds that Thomp­son was fac­ing mul­ti­ple se­ri­ous of­fences, the preva­lence of those of­fences in so­ci­ety and that the vic­tim is still in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion.

Say­ing that she was in “to­tal agree­ment” with the pros­e­cu­tor’s grounds of ob­jec­tion, the mag­is­trate not­ed that some of the charges car­ry life im­pris­on­ment sen­tences.

Thomp­son was re­mand­ed in­to cus­tody and ad­vised of his right to ap­ply to the High Court for bail.

The mat­ter was ad­journed to April 6.

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