Three police officers to face murder charges

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, March 27, CMC – Three police officers are expected to be charged with murder after a Coroner Monday ruled that they were responsible for the death of a man in 2005.

In an 87-page ruling Coroner Nalini Singh said the three officers Sergeant Terrence Roy and Police Constables Danny Bentick and Kero Baldwin, all assigned to the Inter-Agency Task Force, should stand trial for the murder of  24-year-old Nazim Cristian on may 5, 2005. A fourth officer was freed of the charges.

I am of the view that there is some evidence which taken at face value, establishes each essential element of the offence of murder. There is evidence in the record upon which a properly instructed jury could rationally conclude that Sgt Roy, PC Bentick and PC Baldwin are guilty of murder beyond reasonable doubt,” Singh read.

Initial police reports had indicated Christian originally shot at a group of officers and was killed when the officers returned fire. However, residents have always claimed that Christian had been unarmed and was surrounded by a group of police officers when he was shot and killed.

A total of 40 witnesses gave evidence in the inquest, with most of them being police officers and members of the Trinidad and Tobago Regiment.

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