The Preliminary Inquiry (PI) into the murder of Orin David, who was shot and killed during an argument with a group of men over bail money, was reopened yesterday afternoon for the prosecution to call its final witness, an Inspector of Police.
Jermaine Jeffers and Howard Rambhrose of Meadow Bank, Georgetown, are currently on remand for the capital offence which allegedly occurred on August 1, 2016 at Laing Avenue, West Ruimveldt, Georgetown.
Police Prosecutor Vishnu Hunt had earlier in the morning called Police Constable, Anthony Blackman, to testify and indicated that he was the last witness.
Principal Magistrate Judy Latchman, after recording no case submissions from Attorneys-at-Law Stanley Moore and Paul Fung-a-Fat, who are representing the accused, had adjourned the matter for ruling in the afternoon session.
This did not happen as a request made by Prosecutor Hunt to have the case reopened to call the final witness was granted by the Magistrate.
According to Prosecutor Hunt after reviewing the case file he realized that the Police Inspector was not completely cross-examined by Attorney-at-Law Stanley Moore.
The Police Inspector who is stationed at the Grove Police Station will continue giving evidence this morning.
From all indications, it appeared as though the Magistrate was ready to make a ruling on whether a prima facie case was made out against the men for the offence.
Based on reports, David a 33-year-old father of five, was killed after one of five men came out of a car and riddled him with bullets.
According to reports, David who was freed of a murder charge, had confrontations several times with a man from Agricola, East Bank Demerara, whom he has bailed out of jail some time last year.
Reports indicate that on the day in question, David and the man were involved in a heated argument over the money. It is alleged that the Agricola resident went away and later returned with four persons and killed David.
Two other men, Negus Lamazon, 21, of D’Urban Street, Lodge Georgetown and Samuel McIntyre were charged with David’s murder.
However, the matter was discharged against him earlier this year by Magistrate Dylon Bess, who ruled that there was insufficient evidence for them to stand trial at the High Court. During his ruling then, Magistrate Bess said that there was insufficient evidence to link Lamazon and McIntyre to the crime due to the fact that no one saw them shooting David. The Magistrate further ruled that there was no evidence that Lamazon and McIntyre inflicted injuries upon David, although they were seen in his presence. A post mortem examination performed on David revealed that he died as a result of gunshot injuries to the chest.
In February 2015, David was freed after spending five years in prison for the 2010 murder of Mahaica, East Coast Demerara farmer, Lakhram Bishundial, called Mohan, who was shot and killed during a robbery at Hope Turn, East Coast Demerara.
Howard Rambhrose is no stranger to the courts; he was previously charged with robbery under-arms and trafficking in narcotics. But the charges against him were dismissed after the virtual complainants failed to show up in court to testify and because of the prosecution’s failure to lead sufficient evidence.
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