by Joel Nanton
Monday 11th December, 1995

A 28-YEAR-OLD Cocorite resident who killed a man with a stone five years ago, was freed of the murder charge by a Port of Spain Magistrate on Friday.

Martin Stephen, a carpenter by trade, was arrested and charged for the murder of Clifford Japal on January 3, 1990.

Magistrate Nanette Forde-John dismissed the charge after Stephen’s attorney Martin George made a no case submission.

The court heard that on January 3, Stephen of Waterhole Cocorite, was walking along Waterhole street on his way home, when he was challenged by Japal who was brandishing a knife.

A struggle ensued between the two men and when Stephen broke free he pelted a stone at the deceased.

The stone struck Japal on his head and he died at the hospital the same day.

Stephen gave himself up to the St James police two days later and was placed under arrest and charged by Insp Leon Anthony.


Taken from Trinidad Express Newspaper