Jun 03, 2011 News Comments Off on Murder accused asks court to wait for victim
Magistrate Alex Moore yesterday remanded Mahaica resident Rudolph Brown called ‘Bird Man’, to prison, when he appeared before him at the Mahaica Magistrate’s court charged with the murder of his reputed wife Seema Singh.
Singh died hours after she was repeatedly stabbed early Sunday morning, last, at Helena Number Two, Mahaica, East Coast Demerara.
The dreadlocked Brown, who was unrepresented by counsel yesterday, was not required to plead to the indictable charge of murder and sat in the box apparently feigning insanity.
After the charge was read to him, the barefooted brown who was clad in a white t-shirt and cream trousers, requested to speak to Magistrate Moore in private, since what he had to say was “very complicated”.
The Magistrate enquired from him what it was that was so complicated that required his privacy.
Brown then asked the court to grant him two hours to allow his wife to be present in court during the hearing. But when asked who his wife was, to the amusement of the entire courtroom, he blurted out the murdered woman’s name. He then started to converse with an imaginary person on a make-believe cellular phone, grumbling “Yuh coming right? Yuh got two hours.”
The Magistrate, who also could not hide his astonishment, initially appeared inclined to grant Brown his bizarre request, jokingly pointing out that should the woman turn up, the entire matter would take on a different posture.
“If a person is charged with murder and the ‘deceased’ shows up, then that puts a slant on the matter,” the Magistrate said.
But it was at this point in time that Police Prosecutor Sergeant Robert Clement intervened and informed the court that it was highly unlikely that the deceased would turn up in court since a post mortem examination was already done on her body.
Magistrate Moore then denied Brown’s request and advised him to seek the services of an attorney.
He then set June 30 for the commencement of the Preliminary Inquiry into the matter, noting that he was inclined to give the accused a speedy trial.
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