One of the two men accused of the murder of British National Richard Wheeler and his wife Grace, is professing his innocence.
A smiling 29 year old Andre Romeo shouted to reporters on exiting the Scarborough Magistrates’ court on Tuesday that he could smile because he knows he “did not do it.” Romeo along with 23 year old Vincentian Naajip Hills, are charged with the murder of the Wheelers between October 18th & 20th at their Riseland Gardens, Carnbee, Tobago home.
Hills is claiming that he was tortured during police questioning, saying his testicles were squeezed. A claim the police deny.
The small courtroom was packed to capacity.
Three suspects were originally held when one of them attempted to use bank cards belonging to Richard Wheeler. They were caught on the bank’s security cameras and the bank in-turn contacted the police. The third suspect, a woman, was subsequently released.
Richard Wheeler was an attorney and had been living in Tobago with his Trinidad and Tobago national wife, Grace for the last 16 years.
Their bodies were found at their home by their gardener on October 20th at around 11 a.m.
The murder triggered an updated travel advisory by the British government who advised of the murder, but it did not identify Richard Wheeler by name.
The matter was adjourned to November 24th.