Sophia murder/arson suspect for court today
After more than two weeks in hospital recuperating from stab wounds, 52-year-old Godfrey Stewart was discharged yesterday, and is expected to make his first court appearance today, for the murder of his reputed wife Jacqueline George.
George was hacked to death in her Sophia house which was then set alight, apparently to conceal the crime.
At first there was doubt that George was murdered but a post mortem examination of her charred remains revealed that the woman sustained a gaping wound to her neck.
Stewart, who went into hiding, turned up five days later at the Turkeyen Police Station with stab wounds to the neck, abdomen and chest.
After reportedly admitting that he had killed George, he told investigators that he had sustained the stabs during a fight with George, shortly before she died.
So dehydrated was Stewart that he collapsed shortly after arriving at the police station and had to be assisted with water by ranks on duty.
Stewart told police that he decided to turn himself in because his wounds were beginning to get serious and he was in desperate need of medical attention.
But his claim of being wounded by the woman was described as a lie by Michelle Wiltshire, the dead woman’s daughter.
Wiltshire and her sister Sharon had visited the hospital the day Stewart turned up to “make sure that is he.” They had to be restrained from physically attacking Stewart by hospital staff and the police guard on duty at the time.
“When we go and see he, he couldn’t look us in our face,” Wiltshire had told Kaieteur News.
She said that she does not believe that her mother had wounded the man.
“If she de juk he up, he would’a bleed to death,” she argued.
The source at the Turkeyen Police Station said that detectives could not immediately tell if Stewart’s wounds were self inflicted.
A senior police official on the East Coast of Demerara confirmed that Stewart has been charged with murder and will appear in court today.
The official said that charges relating to the arson are also likely to be instituted shortly.