– Lawyer asks for early PI date
After evading police for almost eight months, Charles Rawlins also known as “Terrace” was yesterday remanded to prison for the murder of reputed wife, Okemo Todd.
Rawlins appeared before Magistrate Priya Beharry at the Georgetown Magistrates Court.
It was alleged that on March 1, at Ketley Street, Rawlins murdered Okemo Todd. He was not required to plead to the indictable charge.
His lawyer, Patrice Henry, begged for an early date so the preliminary inquiry could commence quickly.
Prosecutor Stephen Telford told the court that on March 1, Rawlins and Todd had an argument which resulted in a scuffle.
The court was told that the woman tried to escape but was pursued by Rawlins.
Residents of Ketley Street, Charlestown, were reportedly awakened by loud screams of “Help!” and “Murder!” coming from the small house in which Todd and her children resided.
Todd, who was bleeding profusely, then plunged through one of the windows.
Reportedly pursued by the suspect, the severely injured woman then scaled the high galvanized fence in front of her home.
She reportedly then clambered over the gate of the Ketley Primary School and held onto a security guard.
Her alleged attacker also entered the school compound but fled after seeing the guard. Todd collapsed in the schoolyard and was pronounced dead on arrival at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation. A knife was recovered at the crime scene.
The suspect went into hiding after allegedly sending death threats to the slain woman’s relatives. The man’s relatives had also expressed their fear of him.
They were later informed that he had fled to Cayenne.
Todd’s relatives reported that she had suffered years of abuse at his hands and would often move out of the couple’s Ketley Street home, only to return.
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