A gold trader and a car wash attendant, both from East Ruimveldt Housing Scheme, were yesterday charged with the murder of a driver/salesman who was shot dead last Thursday outside of Patsan Trading Services on John Smith Street, Campbellville.
Randolph Marks, 20, and Kevin France, 26, appeared before Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry at the Georgetown Magistrates Court to be jointly indicted for the capital offence.
The charge stated that the two men murdered 57-year-old Bharrat Ramcharan in Georgetown on April 24, during the course of a robbery. They were not called upon to respond since the charge was laid indictably.
Prosecutor Inspector Michael Grant did not reveal the details of the alleged murder. He indicated that the investigation into the matter is incomplete and stated that the probe will likely conclude in three weeks.
According to Inspector Grant, the Prosecution has eighteen (18) witnesses to support their case against the accused men and advice was sought from the Chambers of the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Nonetheless he indicated there are still some issues in relation to the matter which remains unsolved.
Meanwhile, representing France was Defence Attorney James Bond who told the court that his client is a 26-year-old father of two who is involved in gold trading on America Street.
The Attorney also held on behalf of Adrian Thompson who is Marks’ attorney. He told the court that Marks is a 20-year-old wash bay attendant from East Ruimveldt.
Alleging that there were “gross irregularities” in the process, Bond said that his client (France) was subjected to a rigged Identification (ID) Parade and was later beaten by police ranks that he can name or identify.
Bond claimed too that the “confession statements” were elicited by another officer (name provided) through “trickery” and “inducement.”
In response to the lawyer’s claims, the Prosecution was instructed by Magistrate Sewnarine-Beharry to investigate the allegations leveled against the police by the defence attorney. The case is set to be called again on May 19.
Ramcharan, of Enterprise, East Coast Demerara, was reportedly shot in the back at around 14.40 hrs last Thursday after he threw a bag of money over the gate of his workplace to prevent bandits from making off with the cash.
The salesman, who had collected an undisclosed sum of money from customers, had reportedly just stepped out of his vehicle when two unmasked men on a CG motorcycle approached him. One of the men allegedly had a handgun.
On seeing the bandits, Ramcharan reportedly threw the money-bag over the fence, and then stood with hands upraised.
The gunmen reportedly ran into the compound and snatched up the money-bag. They then ran out of the compound and shot Ramcharan before speeding off on their motorcycle.
The shot salesman, previous reports indicated, managed to stagger into the compound where he collapsed. He was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) where he was pronounced dead.
The subsequent day, police, reportedly with the aid of technology used to trace calls, tracked the suspects to a city hotel.
Reports are that the men were identified from images of the killers that were recorded on security cameras at Patsan Trading Enterprise.
When arrested, one of the alleged bandits was reportedly still dressed in the clothing he had worn during the robbery.
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