‘Skinny’s’ girlfriend may testify
Magistrate Yohanseh Cave is expected to rule this Friday on the admissibility of a caution statement allegedly made by murder accused in the Satydeow Sawh murder trial, David Leander, called Biscuit.
The ruling will be made in the absence of Special Prosecutor Sanjeev Datadin who will be out of the jurisdiction for medical reasons.
This means that Police Prosecutor Sergeant Shurland Thomas will continue the matter.
Kaieteur News understands that should the Magistrate rule in favour of the admissibility of the caution statement, he will then be in a position to determine whether or not a prima facie case has been made out against the accused to stand trial in the High Court for murder.
It was alleged that Leander was badly beaten by the police after he was arrested in Buxton early last year.
At his first court appearance, he was unable to walk and had to be assisted to and from the courtroom by the police.
Should the magistrate rule against accepting the statement, the prosecution is expected to call other witnesses to testify in the matter.
These other witnesses include the girlfriend of former co-accused Jermaine ‘Skinny’ Charles who was shot dead by Joint Services ranks in August last year, and the brother of the dead Minister, Omprakash Sawh.
The Minister’s brother, who resides in the United Kingdom, had begun his testimony but had to return to his homeland in the midst of being cross-examined by defence attorney James Bond.
This led to a difference in opinion between Magistrate Cave and the Director of Public Prosecutions, Shalimar Ali-Hack, since it was the view of many that Sawh’s testimony was vital to the case, him being the only eyewitness to the crime.
The Magistrate had indicated that he would rule on the matter whether or not Sawh returned to complete his evidence.
But according to sources close to the case, Omprakash Sawh is expected back in Guyana to conclude his cross-examination.
Minister Satyadeow Sawh, his brother Rajpat Sawh, sister Pulmattie Persaud and security guard Curtis Robertson were all executed on April 22, 2006, when a gang of heavily armed men invaded the Minister’s home at La Bonne Intention, East Coast Demerara.