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Thursday, 20 December, 2001, 06:01 GMT
Relative charged with Pearson murder
Lynette Pearson
Mrs Pearson was in Trinidad working on a book
A relative of murdered former BBC news presenter Lynette Pearson has been charged with her killing by Trinidadian police.

Daniel Agard, 18, was charged with murdering Lynnette Pearson, 51, her mother Maggie Lee, 83, and her British brother-in-law John Cropper, 59.

Mr Agard was Mrs Lee's great-grandson and Mrs Pearson's grand-nephew, police said.

A maid found the three with their hands bound and their throats cut in their Port-of-Spain house last Thursday. Family valuables and their car had been taken.

Two questioned

Most of the stolen items have been recovered, but the car has not, police said.

Detectives have also detained two others for questioning in connection with the brutal triple murder.

Mr Agard was charged in court on Wednesday and returned to jail.

Bail has not yet been set and he has not entered a plea. He is to appear in court again later this week.

Foundation head

The family had just enjoyed a tea party when the attackers struck, leaving their bodies in the bathroom.

Mrs Lee had been living in Toronto and Mrs Pearson, who used the name Lynette Lithgow professionally, had been living in Port Vendres, France, but both were Trinidadian.

Mr Cropper lived in Trinidad and headed the Cropper Foundation, which sponsors workshops for young writers in the Caribbean nation off the coast of Venezuela.

Mrs Lee was on holiday in Trinidad and Tobago for two months with her daughter, who had come to work on a book project.

Although their mutilated bodies were found last Thursday, police believe the killings could have happened the day before. The three were last seen on the evening of Tuesday 11 December.

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27 Jul 01 | Country profiles
Country profile: Trinidad and Tobago
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