Magistrate Zamela Ali yesterday remanded 27-year-old Paul Scotland to prison when he appeared before her at the Cove and John Magistrate’s Court, charged with the murder of Monica Adams, the mother of his three children.
Unrepresented by counsel, with just a few family members for moral support, Scotland stood alone in the prisoners’ dock as the charge was read to him in a half-filled courtroom.
He was not required to plead to the indictable charge.
It is alleged that Scotland, a sawmill labourer from Helena Number One, Mahaica, East Coast Demerara murdered Adams on Friday last at her home in Paradise, also on the East Coast of Demerara.
The state is expected to lead evidence at the Preliminary Inquiry to show that Scotland went to Adams’ home where an argument ensued during which she was stabbed several times about her body.
As he was being led to the courtroom, family members who were in the court yard urged Scotland to “stay strong”.
Hardly anyone knew he was a murder accused and it was not until a media operative began taking his photographs that onlookers became interested in the goings-on.
After reading the charge to the accused, Magistrate Ali enquired from him if he had any prior charges and he answered in the affirmative. He informed that he was fined for receiving a stolen cellular phone.
The magistrate then asked the prosecutor Inspector John Singh if he was ready to proceed with the Preliminary Inquiry and he assured that the investigations were completed.
The magistrate then set February 19 for the matter to be brought back before her for report and fixtures.
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