The Preliminary inquiry into the murder of Clifton Bonus, known as “Mutty,’ continued on Wednesday before Magistrate Anne McLennan, at the Christianburg Magistrate’s Court. The Court was cleared as usual before the day’s session commenced.
For two successive days- Tuesday and Wednesday — Lakeraj Fredericks, the number one accused and the number two accused, a teen, who are jointly charged, appeared before the Magistrate to answer to the capital offence. Fredericks stood in the docks intermittently nodding. The teen seemed nervous, as on his previous court appearances.
Two more witnesses, Lance Corporal Ronald Denny and Cedric Lashley, the grandfather of Clifton Bonus, were called on Wednesday
On Tuesday Detective Corporal Troy Yorrick and Bonus’s mother Karen Lashley testified.
Lashley broke down in tears while testifying on Tuesday and was ordered to compose herself by the prosecutor.
Yorrick said that acting on information that he had received he then went to the Camp street jail in Georgetown, where he contacted Lakeraj Fredericks and told him of the murder of Clifton Bonus at Nottinghamshire.
Yorrick said he cautioned Fredericks that he was not obliged to say anything, and read him his rights.
On Tuesday, a statement which was signed by Fredericks was tendered as evidence after Fredericks said he had no objection.
Lance Corporal Ronald Denny on Wednesday testified how he arrested the teen called ‘Boy’ after the teen was taken to the Mackenzie Police station by his stepfather.
On both Tuesday and Wednesday, Joan Ward Mars counsel for the number two accused, sought to prove the innocence of her client.
Twenty three year old Lakeraj Fredericks and a 16-year-old Tyson are jointly charged with the murder of Clifton Bonus, who was killed on Friday June 4, in Linden.
Initially, before the joint charge was instituted, only the teen was charged with Bonus’s murder.
However, Prosecutor Deneshwar Nauth subsequently informed Magistrate Anne McLennan that he had received correspondence from the DPP office advising that the matter against the teen be discontinued.
The Magistrate had subsequently discharged the charge against the teen, and then read the charge of murder against both the teen and Fredericks.
The charge then read that the two allegedly murdered Clifton Bonus also known as Mutty at Nottinghamshire backlands on Friday June 4, 2011.
The teen was reportedly working with Fredericks on a farm in the backlands of the Nottinghamshire area, when Bonus was murdered. He had allegedly returned home after the murder.
The teen was later questioned by police, and after giving a statement he reportedly assisted with the recovery of Bonus’s body which was retrieved from a shallow grave in the Nottinghamshire backlands.
Fredericks had eluded police after Bonus’s murder but was subsequently caught after he reportedly committed another murder at First Street, Garden of Eden, even as Police were hunting for him.
The second victim was identified as 22-year-old Vernon Renaldo.
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