Cop in Patentia schoolboy shooting death tried for murder
The police constable from the La Grange Police Station, who was implicated in the shooting to death of schoolboy Kelvin Fraser, was yesterday charged with murder.
Thirty-year-old Quacy John of lot 325 Kuru Kuru, Soesdyke/Linden Highway, was not required to plead to the indictable charge yesterday when he appeared before Acting Chief Magistrate Melissa Robertson, at the Georgetown Magistrates Court.
It was alleged that on June 7, at Patentia, West Coast Demerara, John killed Kelvin Fraser who was a student of the Patentia Secondary School.
John is being represented by attorneys at law Donald Trotman and Hubert Rodney.
Attorney at law Hubert Rodney told the court that his client has been a member of the Guyana Police Force for the past two years.
He said that this was his client’s first court appearance, and that he would not be making an application for bail because of the dynamics of the case.
Rodney explained that they have written to the Director of Public Prosecutions, Shalimar Ali Hack, to hand over the weapon and his client’s clothing so that an independent forensic examination could be facilitated.
John’s lawyer further added that he was under “close arrest” after the incident happened, but was later released on “open arrest”.
The lawyer added that the DPP should indicate whether she would be granting the application for the items to be handed over to the defence.
Rodney said that some special arrangement should be implemented as to where John would be kept.
The lawyer explained that his client had testified against four persons who are now convicted prisoners at the Camp Street prison.
“I’m very concerned about his safety……some security measures should be sought.”
Police Prosecutor Stephen Telford said that he had authority to hand over any evidence to the defence.
He said that the prosecution would also take into consideration the policeman’s safety, but could not specify if any special measures would be taken.
The Magistrate remanded John and ordered him to make another court appearance on July 9.
The matter was also transferred to the Wales Magistrate Court.
On June 7, several officers including John, received reports about a group of young men who were smoking in front of the Patentia Secondary School.
Kaieteur News was told that after the policemen received the report, they immediately exited the station after fully arming themselves.
Reports are that upon seeing the ranks, the group of young men, including students who were dressed in uniform, started to run.
An eyewitness said that one of the police ranks shot Fraser.
A post mortem report which preformed on Fraser showed that he received one wound to the neck.
After the shooting a number of public figures had called for an independent investigation into the incident. (Latoya Giles)