A third person has appeared in court charged with the murder of six-year-old Parris Griffith and the attempted murder of her mother.
Akeido Edwards, 28, of Straker Village, Laventille, was also charged with arson, when he appeared before a Magistrate in the Port of Spain Magistrates’ Court, on Wednesday (March 25).
The matter was adjourned to April 22.
On August 20, 2016, Griffith and her mother were at their wooden structure dwelling house at Straker Street, Laventille, when a fire broke out around 4.30 a.m.
Griffith's mother was able to successfully escaped through a hole at the side of the house, but was unable to secure her daughter’s escape.
Residents were also unsuccessful in their attempts to rescue Griffith, who was asleep at the time.
Following extensive investigations by officers of the Homicide Bureau of Investigations Cold Case Unit, spearheaded by ACP James, Snr. Supt. Chandool, Supt. Corbett and Insp. Allen, Edwards was arrested at his home on Saturday (March 21) by officers of the Inter-Agency Task Force.
He was subsequently charged with the offences by Cpl Narine on Tuesday following advice received from Director of Public Prosecutions, Roger Gaspard SC.
Prior to Edwards' arrest, Akil Elder, 31, also known as ‘Bun Up', and Ako John, 30, both of Straker Village, Laventille, were jointly charged with the offences.
They appeared in the Port of Spain 10th Magistrates’ Court, on December 19 last year, and were remanded into custody.