A city teenager held for killing a Pegasus taxi driver and dumping his body in a heap of garbage was yesterday afternoon brought before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court to answer a murder charge.
Days after being charged with two carjacking charges, the 17-year-old accused was charged for the capital offence and was later remanded by Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry.
The teenager, whose court hearing was done in closed court, is accused of the December murder of taxi driver Rudranauth Jeeboo. The murder was said to have occurred at Cane View Avenue, South Ruimveldt Park some time between December 27 and December 28 last year.
He was unrepresented by legal counsel. He was also told that he was not required to plead to the charge as it was deemed indictable.
Inspector Michael Grant, who prosecuted his case, explained the details of the murder. He said that about 21:00 hours on December 27 Jeeboo left his Lot 25 Craig and Delph Avenue, Campbellville residence for work.
The following day, the taxi driver’s body was reportedly discovered in a pile of garbage at Cane Avenue.
Jeeboo’s body was reportedly found with several injuries about his body but the Prosecution did not specify what type of injuries the taxi driver sustained.
According to Grant, when investigators checked the phone records of the deceased, it showed that his cellular phone which was stolen was still in use. It led them back to the teenager who was later taken into police custody.
Inspector Grant emphasised that when the teenager was interrogated by the police he confessed that he and two others murdered the taxi driver, dumped his body and drove away with his car. He even took them to the spot where they dumped Jeeboo’s body, he prosecutor said.
The man’s car was reportedly discovered about 10:30 hours on December 28, last, abandoned at a road in Tucville Terrace with no number plates. The teen was later charged with the offence.
The 17-year-old who resides at Lot 4 Drysdale Street, Charlestown, was remanded in custody until his next court hearing which is scheduled for February 19 for report and fixtures.
Last Friday, he was brought before Magistrate Judy Latchman at the said court to face charges for Robbery under Arms on account of two carjackings.
On December 26, 2013 he reportedly brandished a broken glass bottle at High Street, Kingston, Georgetown when he allegedly relieved taxi driver Mervin Benjamin of his $2M Toyota Fielder motor car as well as his $10,000 Ice Mobile cellular phone and cash $8,000.
However, he is jointly charged with a 16-year-old for the theft of a $1.5M Toyota Carina at Kingston, Georgetown on December 30, last. They reportedly attacked and rendered taxi driver Elijah Adams unconscious before robbing him of Colin Stewart’s car No. PKK2531.
He is expected to return to court on February 12 when the matters will be continued.
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