Rennie Coolman told the court he paid the money to prevent charges from being laid against him.
Mr. Coolman said he had no role to play in Naipaul-Coolman’s kidnapping and murder in December 2006, but still made the payment after becoming fearful he could have been wrongly arrested and prosecuted.
He revealed no money was contributed from the couple’s joint bank account to pay her abductors.
This information was revealed during cross-examination by defence attorney Mario Merritt.
Mr. Coolman said the woman who pretended to be from the DPP’s office had contacted him by phone, after which he met her along Abercromby Street, Port of Spain, opposite the Hall of Justice.
Mr. Coolman said subsequent to the payment being made, he was again approached by the woman who said she wanted $200,000. After this, Coolman said he realised he was being defrauded by the woman and decided to make no further payments.
The trial will resume this morning.