‘Picture Boy’ murder case….Retrial ordered after hung jury
After several hours of summing up and deliberations, a mixed jury failed to fail to reach a verdict in the case of Cyon Collier called ‘Picture Boy’, who is accused of killing Non Pareil businessman Chandrapaul Persaud called ‘Kero man’ on September 30, 2006.
The matter was before his worship Justice Winston Patterson.
Prosecutor Judith Gildharie-Mursalin represented the state, while Attorney at law Lyndon Amsterdam in association with Keshia Chase and Yolland Lamott appeared for Collier.
Before the jury entered the deliberation chambers late yesterday afternoon, the judge had earlier “summed up” all of the facts surrounding the case.
The jury went in for deliberation sometime after 6:30pm yesterday and came out at around 9:45pm. They failed to reach a unanimous decision, thus forcing the judge to order a retrial.
Collier was taken back to the Camp Street Prison late last night.
Present last evening, also, were a number of relatives including the wife of Chandrapaul Persaud.
A few of Collier’s relatives also waited for the jury to return.
On Monday, last, Dr. Dalgleish Joseph was the last witness to testify. He came to challenge the post mortem report which was tendered.
The witness, who was questioned by defence counsel Amsterdam about his qualifications/training, said that he graduated from the University of Havana with a specialist degree in General Surgery in 1988 but he had qualified as a Medical doctor since 1982 and was employed at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation.
He is currently in private practice.
Last week Collier, after a no case submission was overruled, had to lead his defence, and told the court that he was in Linden at the time of the killing. He insisted that he was innocent of the charge and that he had never robbed anyone at Non Pareil, East Coast Demerara.
Ballistics Expert Sergeant Eon Jackson had testified that the bullet which was removed from the deceased during the post mortem examination and handed over to him was discharged from the AK-47 assault rifle which was found with Collier
In his evidence-in-chief, Jackson testified that on October 3, 2006, he received at the Ballistics Section at CID Headquarters, from Corporal Floyd Hosanna, a marked and sealed envelope containing two 7.62 x 39 fired casings.
Hosanna had testified earlier in the trial that he had retrieved the two fired casings from the verandah at the home of Persaud at Non Pareil on the night of September 30, 2006.
Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Michael Kingston, had told the court that the AK 47, found with Collier was one of the weapons that went missing from the Guyana Defence Force in 2006.
Sergeant Jackson, Corporal Hosanna, Sergeant Chabinauth Singh, ASP Kingston, Corporal Cleveland Brown, Zaheem Isshack, retired Police Inspector William Pitt, the victim’s wife Bibi Isshack and the couple’s neighbour, Liloutie Dhanai, all gave evidence in the matter.