Jan 24, 2015 News
The man accused of killing West Coast Demerara hairdresser Bibi Rafeena Saymar was yesterday freed of the indictment.
Troy Green, a labourer from Holmes Street, Cummingsburg Georgetown was acquitted of murder after a mixed twelve-member jury returned a unanimous verdict of not guilty for the offence. Green’s trial was conducted before Justice Navindra Singh, who also summed up the trial yesterday.
Following ‘not guilty’ verdict by the jury yesterday the Judge informed Green that he was free to go. Green uttered a quiet ‘thank you sir’ and hastily left the court room.
According to the indictment, Green was accused of butchering Saymar, called ‘Amanda’, at her Hague, West Coast Demerara apartment on May 29, 2010.
The woman was reportedly stabbed eleven times about her body after a lone intruder broke into her home. Saymar died before receiving medical attention.
Green and the victim’s husband, Dennis Persaud, a Canada-based Guyanese businessman were subsequently detained for the murder. There were reports that Persaud had hired Green to kill his wife.
However, a lawyer representing the Canada-based Guyanese challenged the matter in the High Court; the case was thrown out with Chief Justice (Ag) Ian Chang ruling that the court lacked sufficient evidence to charge him.
Persaud was subsequently freed but Green who had no lawyer remained detained.
In his evidence, Police Detective Sergeant, Paul Wintz detailed to the court that Green had told investigators that he was part of a plot to harm and torture the hairdresser. The detective read Green’s Caution Statement (CS) to the court, in which he admitted to being paid US$1,500 to carry out the hit on the hairdresser.
Last week, witnesses called upon to testify by State Prosecutor Mercedes Thompson, recounted that they heard loud noises coming from the apartment the 23-year old businesswoman and her reputed husband had occupied. Thompson was representing the State in association with Attorney-at-Law Stacey Goodings.
In his evidence, Joseph Cummings who had lived next door to the couple recalled that he heard loud screams coming from the apartment in the wee hours of the morning that the incident occurred. He said that he peered through a window and saw someone leaving the residence. Cummings said that he subsequently learnt the stranger’s name was Troy Green.
Under cross examination by Defence Attorney, Peter Hugh, the witness said that he could not recall exactly what the suspect was wearing or what he (Cummings) had told the police. He nonetheless, maintained that he saw the man coming down the stairs which led to Saymar’s apartment since there was nothing to block his line of vision at the time.
A subsequent witness, Shereena Madramootoo related that she lived in the flat below the victim. She recalled that she had heard noises coming from upstairs.
She said Amanda was screaming and stuff sounded like it was being thrown on the floor.
The woman said she didn’t think it was strange since the victim and her husband fought a lot. She only realized that something was amiss after her neighbour (Cummings) called out to her.
As a result of what Cummings told her, the witness said that she called the police. Madramootoo told the court that when Saymar’s reputed husband arrived on the scene she related to him what had happened but the man took a long time before he ventured upstairs to check on his wife.
Madramotoo said that when she went upstairs, she found her neighbour lying in a pool of blood.
“I saw Amanda lying on her bedroom floor in a pool of blood …I started crying and asked her what was the matter?” the witness said.
The woman said that Amanda was still conscious and responded to her, but her husband hardly seemed concerned about his wife’s condition.
“He was just shaking his hand walking up and down the house talking to the police telling them that the house get rob and he lost a lot of stuff.” The witness said that police subsequently placed the injured woman in her husband’s car and directed him to take her to the hospital since their vehicle had gotten stuck in a drain.
Madramootoo said that was the last time she saw her neighbour alive.
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