Jun 26, 2017 News
Former policeman, Lloyd Roberts, 36, of North Ruimveldt, Georgetown was charged with the March 2009 double-murder of Romeo De Agrella and son Clint De Agrella.
The decomposing remains of Clint and Romeo De Agrella of Grant Strong Hope, Lower Pomeroon River, were found days after they failed to return home.
Post mortem examinations revealed that they died from multiple gunshot wounds.
Police had said that the men had left Venezuela and after not returning to Guyana as expected they were reported as missing on March 22, 2009.
According to the police, their bodies were found with gunshot wounds while their boat bore bullet holes. It was recovered without the outboard motor engine.
The boat was found overturned in the Waini River by the occupants of a passing passenger vessel.
Roberts was among three men charged with the killings. However, both matters were discharged against him on February 9, 2010 by Magistrate Alan Wilson.
This newspaper was told that this resulted from the prosecution being unable to show the presiding Magistrate they could proceed with the matter. Ever since the beginning of the Preliminary Inquiry the prosecution had sought several adjournments.
The prosecutors were granted adjournments to figure out how to proceed after star witness Tyrone Da Silva when offering evidence against Roberts said he did not know the accused and that he was beaten to admit to knowing him. The prosecution was then faced with not having any evidence against Roberts since without Da Silva they had no case.
Roberts is now facing another murder charge before Principal Magistrate Judy Latchman. He is accused of the September 26, 2016 murder of 19-year-old Ryan Sergeant who was gunned down outside the Rio Night Club in Queenstown, Georgetown.
Based on reports, Sergeant was shot and killed during a brawl between some young men outside the aforementioned night club. The fracas is said to have initially started inside the establishment and security officials intervened and escorted the men outside the club to prevent them from disturbing the other patrons.
It took almost six months after the killing for police to charge Roberts as they were working tediously towards building a case against him.
The murder accused and two other men -Teon Alleyne, 30, of Soesdyke Highway, and Andre Pollydore, 24, of South Ruimveldt, Georgetown- are slapped with four charges each – two for illegal possession of firearms and two for illegal possession of ammunition.
The court heard that on January 22, last, at 81 John Street Campbellville, Georgetown, the men had in their possession two weapons – one being an AK-47 rifle and one 9mm pistol – without being holders of firearm licence.
It is also alleged that on the same day, the men had in their possession 60 rounds of 7.62 by 39 ammunition and 20 rounds of 9mm ammunition while they were not owners of firearm licences. Alleyne and Pollydore are out on bail.
According to reports, police ranks acting on information swooped down on a two-storey premises where they found the three men. During a search, the illegal firearms and ammunition were unearthed along with several cellular phones.
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