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Hanover triple murder accused removed from general lock-up for safety

Published:Thursday | April 26, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Paul Coote, the 61-year-old Hanover man accused of killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend and their two children, has been removed from the general police lock-up for safety reasons.

Coote was on Wednesday arrested after he allegedly chopped Abanique Cunningham, 38; Shanique Coote, four; and Jayanna Coote, seven.

Cunningham, who lived with her mother, went to Coote's house, reportedly to collect the children, when an argument developed over the father of the child she was carrying.

During the argument, Coote reportedly chopped the woman then turned the weapon on the two children.

He was accosted by residents and handed over to the police. 

Meanwhile, the Legal Aid Council said senior attorneys Tamika Davis and Delford Morgan have been assigned to provide representation to Coote.

Coote is to be questioned by investigators Friday.

The Legal Aid Council said services were provided a few hours after Coote’s arrest.

Coote, a car-wash worker, will be represented by the attorneys at any pre-charge process, committal proceedings at the Parish Court and trial at the Circuit Court level.

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