Nineteen-year-old Brian Leitch, also known as “Big Foot,” was placed before the courts charged with the murder of South Central’s proprietor who was found dead in one of his guest rooms almost three weeks ago.
The teenager who turned himself in after police had issued wanted bulletins, yesterday appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court and was not required to plea to the indictable charge when Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry read it to him.
The police accused Leitch of murdering the guest house owner, Joseph Jagdeo, between November 13 and 14 at the Hotel on South Road. Prosecution’s submission was delivered by Corporal Bharat Mangru who conveyed that on November 13, Leitch and a female companion had rented a room in the guest house.
Mangru stated that Jagdeo had misplaced his phone and confronted the accused who subsequently became annoyed at the allegations of the hotel owner.
He said that Jagdeo was last seen in his dwelling room and his employees who had not seen him since about 17:30 hours the previous day, became concerned about his whereabouts
On November 14, the guest house’s care taker reportedly went to clean the proprietor’s room but found it locked, so she forced her way in and was greeted with the motionless body of her employer; bounded with a pillowcase and lying under his bed.
The matter was reported and the police claim to have discovered that the cellular phone was indeed missing. The prosecution said that they then used a tracking device to recover the cellular phone from a female (no name provided) who admitted she had purchased the device from the accused. Mangru said that wanted bulletins were issued and the murder accused subsequently turned himself in on November 30, last.
The prosecution relayed that under caution “Big Foot” was told of the accusation, and he admitted to murdering the guest house owner.
Brian Leitch “Big Foot”, of Lot 2118 Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara, was remanded in custody and is due to make his second court appearance on January 7 for report and fixtures.
Leitch was reportedly released about a year ago from the New Opportunity Corps (NOC). After the youngster’s hearing, he casually strolled to the prisoner’s docks with grins on his face.
A police press release revealed that Jagdeo’s cause of death was given as asphyxia due to manual strangulation.
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