A crowd assembled yesterday in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courtyard to catch a glimpse of murder accused Quaison Jones, but he emerged from the prisoners’ chute with a jersey covering his face, much to the disappointment of curious onlookers.
Jones appeared before acting Chief Magistrate Priya Beharry and was not required to plea to the indictable charge of murder.
The police are alleging that on January 17 at Meadow Bank Wharf, Jones murdered Marlon Green. According to reports, the two men were fish vendors.
Police prosecutor Corporal Venetta Pindar, told the court that the men knew each other and on the day in question, they were involved in a heated argument when Jones picked up a knife and dealt Green several stabs to the left side of his neck.
Green then fell to the ground as Jones then made good his escape.
The wounded man was picked up and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
The court was told that on Wednesday, Green, in the company of his attorney, surrendered at the Ruimveldt Police Station.
Jones stood still in the prisoners’ dock as defence counsel James Bond challenged the prosecution’s version of the incident.
The attorney explained to the Magistrate that on the day in question, several relatives of the deceased approached his client with knives and cutlasses.
Bond added that there was a confrontation following which a scuffle ensued and as a result Green sustained his injuries. Jones’s lawyer emphasized on the number of times the deceased was stabbed. He said that contrary to the police investigation, Green received one stab wound rather than several as alleged by the police.
Bond told the Magistrate that he trusted the police will call the eyewitnesses whose statements were allegedly refused by investigating ranks.
Bail was refused and Jones is scheduled to make his next court appearance on January 25.
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