After several weeks on the run, Regan Rodrigues also known as ‘Grey Boy’ has been remanded to prison for the murder of political activist, Courtney Crum-Ewing.
Rodrigues, 33, of Riverview, Ruimveldt, Georgetown was arrested on Good Friday at a house in Middle Road, La Penitence, Georgetown. He was brought to the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts yesterday and refused to be taken before City Magistrate Judy Latchman.
Nevertheless, Rodrigues was instructed to return to court on April 25.
Attorney Nigel Hughes has been assigned to prosecute the case.
The arrest of Rodrigues comes one month after the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) ordered that the Crum-Ewing murder case be reopened for the taking of further evidence from police witnesses and to rule on the voluntariness of all oral statements made by Rodrigues.
Yesterday, Rodrigues behaved in a disorderly manner as he sat in the police outpost. He was clad only in an American Eagle boxers and refused to get dressed to be escorted before the Magistrate. He used every opportunity to profess his innocence of the crime while waving a placard.
According to reports, the bullet-riddled body of Crum-Ewing was found at Third Avenue, Diamond New Scheme East Bank Demerara on March 10, 2015. The 40 year-old was shot twice to the temple, once to the back of the head and twice to the stomach. The police in a statement had said that the political activist was accosted by four men in a car, one of whom discharged several rounds, hitting him about the body. It was reported that the killer (s) used a .32 pistol to execute Crum-Ewing. Minutes before he was gunned down, he was reportedly heard via bullhorn urging residents of the neighbourhood to vote against the then ruling party PPP/C.
Rodrigues was freed in January of the murder of Crum-Ewing by Magistrate Latchman at the conclusion of a preliminary inquiry (PI). Magistrate Latchman had discharged the charge against him citing insufficient evidence. Magistrate Latchman had pointed out that one of the court’s reasons for discharging the matter was because there was no evidence to support that the firearm tendered during the PI was used by Rodrigues to kill the political activist, although she believed the gun, a .32 revolver, was confiscated by police during a raid at Rodrigues’ home.
The prosecution’s inability to make out a prima facie was once again highlighted when the Magistrate disclosed that the prosecutor failed to request the court to rule on the admissibility of caution statements allegedly made by Rodrigues. While stating that several inferences could be drawn from those statements, Magistrate Latchman underscored that they did not implicate Rodrigues in the murder of Crum-Ewing.
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