– remains to be handed over to family
DNA results from a Trinidad laboratory have confirmed that the body that was recovered last January in a shallow grave at Nurney, Corentyne, is that of 18-year-old British national Dominic Bernard.
This was revealed yesterday by Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum, who said that a rank from CID Headquarters had returned from Trinidad with the samples, which were taken from the remains and from a relative of Bernard.
“The Guyana Police Force is in possession of DNA results which confirm that the human remains that were found are that of Dominic Bernard, and samples taken from his father matched samples taken from the remains,” Blanhum said.
He said that relatives have been informed and that the remains are to be handed over for burial.
Bernard had disappeared shortly after arriving in Guyana on October 14, 2015.
On January 8, the teen’s decomposed body was found in a shallow grave at Nurney, Corentyne, Berbice, after CID ranks from Georgetown and Berbice responded to an anonymous call.
A post mortem examination revealed that the victim had sustained a fractured skull, as well as a broken neck.
Police subsequently arrested and charged Bernard’s 23-year-old god-brother, Aaron Hing, also known as ‘Neutral’, and his 24-year-old friend Staymon George called Sherwin, both of Kildonan Village, Corentyne, Berbice, with the teen’s murder.
Investigators then charged 20-year-old Krystal Thomas, also called ‘Kathy’, 39-year old vendor, Sinfine Henry called ‘Coreen’ and 18-year-old Jahmeil Sinclair, also called ‘Fross’ and ‘Bacchus’, for Bernard’s murder.
Thomas is reportedly in a common-law relationship with Hing, while Henry is Thomas’ mother. Sinclair is a friend.
Attorney at Law Nigel Hughes had indicated that he would put forward arguments for the case of murder against Krystal, Thomas and Sisanie Henry to be struck out or quashed.
Hughes subsequently moved to the high court, and Justice Priya Sewnarine-Beharry this week granted that the trio be released on $300,000 each.Bottom of FoTop of ForBottom of Form
They have been ordered to report to the Whim Police Station, Corentyne, every two weeks as part of their condition of bail.
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