State witness in murder begs for bail, fears going to prison

TRINIDAD EXPRESS

(TRINIDAD) – A STATE witness charged with possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking, yesterday told the court that his life could be at risk should he be sent to prison.

Clint Beharry said the man accused of the double murder he witnessed was in custody.

Beharry, 43, was before San Fernando magistrate Nikolas Ali charged that on May 16 at Born Free Bar in Pleasantville, he had 23 packets of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking. The drug weighed 13.46 kilogrammes and a release from the police service said the street value was $134,000.

In his bid for bail for Beharry, defence attorney Shaun Teekasingh said he was a State witness in a double homicide. He said the accused in that matter was at the Maximum Security Prison in Arouca.

Teekasingh also told the court that his client had no previous convictions over the past ten years and had no pending matters. Beharry, he said, was willing to comply with any bail conditions.

Police prosecutor Sgt Gangoo made no objection to Beharry’s bail. Ali placed him on $75,000 bail with a cash alternative of $30,000 and with the condition that he reports to the Mon Repos police station other times a week.

Teekasingh said, given the time of Beharry’s court appearance after 3 p.m. it may be difficult for his family to access the bail. He asked that it be endorsed on the record that officers transporting Beharry be careful with him and that if he was sent to the general population, he may be a risk.

“One witness has already been killed in the matter,” Teekasingh told the court.

Ali made note of Teekasingh’s information and police prosecutor Sgt Gangoo said the officers escorting prisoners could inform prison officials.

Teekasingh said, “I will also contact the prison facility, in the event that he doesn’t access bail, of the possible threat.”

The matter was adjourned to June 14.

The Express was told that Beharry’s bail was not posted and he was taken to prison on Friday evening.