Apr 10, 2016 News
Three men were committed to stand trial in the High Court within the past four months for the indictable offence of murder by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan, who is presiding in Court One of the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.
These were businessman Lawrence Wayne; Ron ‘Andel’ Forde, 43, of Lot 31 Rahaman’s Park, East Bank Demerara (EBD) and Delon ‘Nasty Man’ Henry, 25, of Houston, EBD.
Wayne is accused of murdering Dexter Lindo between August 23 and August 24, 2014 at Alberttown, Georgetown.
Lindo, 26, of Shell Road, Kitty, was shot three times about his body around 13:00 hrs, on August 23, last. He succumbed the following day while receiving treatment at the Balwant Singh Hospital.
According to police, two men armed with handguns had entered the Wayne Beverage Paradise stall at Merriman Mall, Bourda. Upon seeing them a female ran and raised an alarm and Wayne who is a licensed firearm holder responded.
The two armed men then fled in a waiting motor vehicle driven by an accomplice and were reportedly tracked down by the accused in his vehicle. Wayne caught up with the getaway car at Light and Fifth Street, Alberttown.
The licensed firearm holder confronted Lindo who is reported to have exited the car and entered a shop in the area. Lindo pulled out a firearm but was shot to the abdomen by Wayne.
On October 16, 2015 the Chief Magistrate had discharged the case against Wayne after she upheld a no case submission by Attorney Mark Waldron. However, four months later, the Magistrate committed Wayne to the High Court after the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) ordered that the accused be retried.
Even after professing his innocence, Ron ‘Andel’ Forde was on March 2, committed to stand trial in the High Court for the murder of transgender sex worker, Nephi Noel.
It is alleged that on July 27, 2015 at Quamina and Carmichael Streets, Georgetown, Forde murdered Noel, 20, of ZZ Durban Street, Wortmanville.
Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan ruled that a prima facie case was made out against Forde 43, of Lot 31 Rahaman’s Park, East Bank Demerara based on evidence led by Police Prosecutor, Inspector Neville Jeffers.
During a Preliminary Inquiry (PI) a total of 20 witnesses testified on behalf of the prosecution. These included the mother of the deceased, Joy Noel, and his co-worker Joseph Fraser called ‘Peaches Carolina’ of Lot 62 Norton Street, Werk-en-Rust, Georgetown.
Days after Noel was gunned down police had issued a wanted bulletin for Forde and Kanand Ojha in connection with the killing. However, Ojha of Lot 2 First Street, Meadow Bank, EBD, is still on the run.
According to reports, Noel was shot once to his chest during a confrontation with two men, believed to be Forde and Ojha. It was reported that Ojha had accused Noel of stealing his personal belongings after he had paid him $5,000 to perform a sex act in the vicinity of the St. George’s Cathedral.
After realizing that his phone and cash were missing he reportedly went back to the location with Forde and confronted Noel. An argument ensued and Forde reportedly pulled out a gun and shot the sex worker to the chest.
Attorney Peter Hugh represented Forde throughout the PI.
Having been charged before for murder when he was just a teenager, Dellon Henry, a/k “Nasty Man” was last Tuesday, committed to stand trial in the High Court for the murder of an East Ruimveldt footballer.
Henry, 25, of Lot 53 Houston Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara will face a Judge and Jury for allegedly killing Dexter Griffith on September, 29, 2015 at East Ruimveldt, Georgetown.
According to reports, Griffith, 36, a popular ‘Back Circle’ footballer was shot nine times about the body by two gunmen. Griffith was found by his mother, Lavern Griffith, lying in a drain with gunshot wounds.
Attorney Adrian Thompson, who represented the accused, submitted that Prosecutor Jeffers put forward insufficient evidence to support the prosecution’s case.
Thompson had stated that the prosecution’s entire case was based on an identification (ID) parade that was conducted at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Eve Leary, Georgetown.
The ID parade, Thompson affirmed, was conflicting since Keshawn Griffith, a brother of the deceased, identified the same photograph that was published in the media the day before the ID parade.
However, the Prosecutor told the court that there was sufficient evidence for the accused to be committed. He said that the evidence of Keshawn Griffith was never discredited.
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