Two accused in fisheries’ killing walk free
Two men charged with killing Albouystown resident, Mark Solomon, 36, were allowed to go free, when the matter came up before Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine- Beharry at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court.
The Court said that it had found that the Prosecution had not led sufficient evidence to warrant the committal of Sheldon Bowen, 26, and Leon Munroe, 29, to stand trial at the High Court for the June 12 killing at a popular seafood company on the East Bank Demerara.
Solomon called ‘Tantie’ of 154 Non Pareil Street, Albouystown, was killed following a brawl at the
The ruling by the Chief Magistrate came immediately after Prosecutor Steven Telford, who recently took over the matter, closed the case against the accused, and answered to the no-case submission made by the attorneys representing the accused men.
Telford told the court that he believed enough evidence was disclosed to have the accused answer the charge.
However, the defense lawyers argued that there was not enough evidence.
The Prosecution, in its rebuttal, said that the accused men cannot claim self defense since they had chased the accused into a street after he had broke off from the alleged brawl that the three were involved in.
Telford said that the fight allegedly commenced at the fisheries, continued at the roadside and then the deceased was seen running away with the accused giving chase while armed.
The Magistrate said that there was no nexus between what happened when the deceased reportedly ran away from the fight and him being seen with the wound. She also mentioned that a crowd was running after both the accused and the deceased. The court noted anything could have occurred during that period but it was not the Magistrate’s place to speculate.
At least eight persons had testified in the pre-trial matter including the deceased’s mother and uncle.
The allegation was that Solomon was stabbed on the left of his neck and right of his chest.