With a heavy police presence at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court, high-profiled prisoner, Michael Preston Caesar, who also goes by the aliases of “Capone” and “Deon Cort”, was charged for the killings at Lusignan and Bartica early last year. The charges were read to him by Acting Chief Magistrate Melissa Robertson.
As the charges were read to Caesar, he refused to answer to any other name than Michael Preston Caesar. “Yuh worship, I ain’t name none of them names, so I not answering to them. I name Michael Preston Caesar.”
It is alleged that Caesar, on January 26, 2008 at Track “A” Lusignan, East Coast Demerara murdered, Shazam Mohamed; Clarence Thomas, his son Ron, 11, and daughter Vanessa, 12; Mohandai Gourdat 32 and her two children Seegobin, four years old, and Seegopaul Harrilall 10; Shalem Baksh, 52; Rooplall Seecharan 56, his daughter Raywattie Ramsingh, 11, and his wife Dhanrajie called Sister 52.
Howard Thomas, 19; Nadir Mohamed, 48 and Roberto Thomas, five years old, were injured in the attack.
It was further alleged that Caesar on February 17, 2008 at Bartica murdered 30-year-old Zaheer Zakir , Shane Fredericks, 35, Ron Osborne, Dexter Adrian, 37, Irving Ferreira, 72, Abdool Yassin Jr., Deonarine Singh, 54, Errol Thomas, Ronald Gomes, Irwin Gilkes, 42, Ashraf Ally Khan, 45, and Baldeo Singh, 54. He was not required to plead since all the charges were indictable. After the charges were read to Caesar, he proceeded to tell the magistrate that he had just come from Suriname when the police arrested him. He further told the court that he told the police that he didn’t know anything, and they placed a “black bag” over his head to get information.
“Yuh worship, I can’t read and write, and dey take meh fingers and press it on the paper to take meh fingerprints.” Caesar also said that while he was police custody he lost consciousness three times because of the beatings he received at the hands of the police.
He was remanded to prison and is expected to make his next court appearance on March 26 at the Vigilance Magistrate’s Court for hearings into the Lusignan matters. On April 15 he is expected to be in Bartica.
Michael Caesar, or Deon Cort, called ‘Capone’, allegedly a member of the notorious ‘Fine Man’ gang, was caught last weekend in neighbouring Suriname. Caesar has reportedly given investigators a detailed account of some of the gang’s infamous operations.
According to a source at Eve Leary, Caesar has confessed to being with the gang. The source said Caesar told investigators that he had known Rondell ‘Fine Man’ Rawlins for quite a while.
He said that in January of 2008 he was contacted by Rawlins who told him that he had some ‘revenge’ work to carry out in Lusignan.
It was always believed that Rawlins was angered by the apparent inaction of the security forces to the disappearance of the mother of his child, Teneisha Morgan.
According to Caesar, the late Cecil Simeon Ramcharran, called ‘Uncle Willie’, and another wanted man ‘Smallie’ were also a part of the operation.
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