Trinidad Express / SERIAL Rapist Jude John Arjoon will be sentenced next month for manslaughter, sexual assault, kidnapping and robbery connected to three women he picked up while plying his private car for hire.
Arjoon who upon his arrest in 2005 told police, “I had a bad childhood and ah sorry. Ah need help. Better alyuh kill meh and done”, last week entered guilty pleas to six charges.
State attorney Sabrina Dougdeen-Jaglal and Anslem Leander appeared on behalf of the State in the matters which were heard before Justice Hayden St Clair Douglas.
Dougdeen-Jaglal told the San Fernando Second Criminal Court that at 5 p.m. on April 28 2005, one of the women who was heading home, entered Arjoon’s car while in San Fernando.
He instead took her to a track in Debe where he robbed her of a cellular phone and wallet. He threatened to kill her as he demanded the personal identification number to gain access to her bank account. She gave him the information and he put her in the trunk of his car.
That same evening, he picked up another victim, Toyota accountant Mary Betsy Waheed. While along the M2 Ring Road Waheed managed to jump out the back seat of the moving vehicle but suffered head injuries. She died the next day at hospital.
After the woman escaped from the car, Arjoon took the female who was in the trunk to Hermitage Village where he raped her twice in the back seat and drove away without her.
Just after mid-day on May 24 2005, he picked up another victim while in Marabella.
He took her to the M2 Ring Road where he robbed her of a $1,000 cellular phone and her wallet. He also asked her for her PIN number. The woman was able to open the back door in an attempt to flee but Arjoon grabbed her and ordered into the trunk. She kicked Arjoon who had a knife.
He cut off her clothes. She later managed to open the trunk from inside and jumped out. She was assisted by a passer-by.
On July 5 2005, Arjoon was held at a house in Erin. He apologized, said he had a bad childhood and needed help. “Better allyuh kill me and done,” he told the police.
Defence attorney Ramesh Deena is expected to make a plea in mitigation on Arjoon’s behalf of January 12. A bio social report from the prison where Arjoon, 35, has been since 2005, is expected to be made available before mitigation is done.