Odinga Green walks free again!
By Latoya Giles
Former death row inmate and murder accused, Odinga Greene, called ‘Dingo’ can consider himself twice lucky as he was freed yesterday by Justice Franklyn Holder who upheld no case submissions made on his behalf.
Greene, 36, of Wisroc Housing Scheme, Linden, and also of Lot 73 Leopold Street, Georgetown, was on trial for the murder of 28-year-old Nazalene Mohamed of Lot 1 East Ruimveldt Front Road which occurred between February 2 and February 12, 2007. He was represented by Attorney-at-Law Nigel Hughes.
Greene had been convicted of the murder of Sandra Harvey on April 26, 2004, and was sentenced to death by Justice Dawn Gregory-Barnes. On appeal, a retrial was ordered by the Guyana Court of Appeal and this was done before Justice Jaynarayan Singh who upheld no case submissions and freed Greene on May 12, 2005. Three years later, Greene was before the Courts again, this time charged with Mohamed’s murder.
In both cases, Greene admitted taking the women to Linden where they were both found bound and strangled. He gave statements in which he claimed in both cases that the women were left with “a man”. Harvey was murdered between December 9 and December 12, 1999. Greene was subsequently found with her jewellery. His defence was that she had given it to him.
In upholding no case submissions yesterday, Justice Holder directed the jury to return a formal verdict of not guilty for Greene and following this, told him that he was free to go. Greene and his relatives thanked the Judge before hastily exiting the courtroom, even as the sister of the dead woman began crying. As she left the courtroom, she could be heard saying, “There is no justice in this country.”
The Prosecution’s case, led by Senior State Counsel Judith Mursalin, together with Diana Kaulesar, was that on the evening of February 2, 2007, Greene had arrived at Mohamed’s home with a car where Mohamed and her friend, Desha, called ‘Black Girl’, joined the car.
Mohamed’s mother, Jenny Martin, asked her why she was wearing all her jewellery and she said it was because Odinga told her that she should wear all because she “had to look nice where she was going”. Upon enquiring where she was going, Mohamed told her mother “Cayenne”. She was never heard from again.
Some 10 days later, the decomposing remains of a woman were discovered in an abandoned coal pit at Third Phase, Wisroc. An autopsy was performed on the body by Dr. Nehaul Singh, following which the body was buried at a cemetery in Linden.
Based on 34 photographs taken of the corpse by Corporal Troy Yorrick, Jenny Martin positively identified her daughter by a red and green tattoo around her navel.
Mohamed had been tied from her toes to her ankles and then to her wrists. A female blouse and a black string were tied tightly around her neck. All her jewellery was missing and her gold capped teeth were also removed from her mouth. She was still dressed in the clothing her mother last saw her wearing when she left with the accused.
Dr. Singh gave the cause of death as asphyxiation as a result of ligature strangulation.
The day following their trip to Linden, Greene returned to Georgetown and then fled to Suriname where he assumed the identity of “Orlando Lewis.” Some 13 months later, in March 2008, he was brought back to Guyana by Surinamese Police and handed over to Inspector Ray Geness at Moleson Creek Police Outpost where he maintained that his name was Orlando Lewis.
When he was taken to the Central Police Station, he was identified as “Odinga Greene” by Superintendent Chapman, following which he was escorted to CID, Eve Leary, and then to Linden.
When told by ASP Julius Wright of the allegation that he had murdered Mohamed, Greene gave a lengthy oral statement in which he admitted to taking her to Linden but that they had gone there “to buy weed”.