Dredge owner Timothy Adams died as a result of an incised wound compounded by blunt trauma to the head. This was revealed by Government Pathologist Dr. Nehaul Singh during his testimony before Justice James Bovell-Drakes and a mixed jury at the High Court in Georgetown yesterday.
Adams was allegedly killed during a row over an outstanding payment he had with Marlon Freeman, his former employee, who is on trial for the murder. The killing occurred on December 22, 2013 at Turtle Creek Road, Five Star Backdam, North West District.
Last week Police Detective Corporal Brian James recounted that on Christmas Day 2013, he contacted Freeman and put an allegation of murder to him.
According to the detective, he cautioned the suspect in accordance with the judge’s rule. He said that the man elected to give a statement. “I told (Freeman) of his rights; that he can have a lawyer or family member present. He (Freeman) said that he don’t want to have any lawyer or family member present.”
“I told him that he could write the statement himself or have anyone of his choice to do so for him. He asked me to write down what he wanted to say.”
Corporal James said that Freeman told him that he went into Five Star Backdam for the first time in October 2013 to work with Adams. He said that Freeman told him that he worked with Adams for about a year before they “got wrong” after Adams accused him of stealing some gold.
The police witness said Freeman explained that he quit working for Adams, who had owed him some money. The detective added that Freeman related to him that he asked Adams for his payment and he promised that he would get it within a week’s time.
Corporal James said that Freeman related to him that on the day in question, he was making his way to another backdam when he saw Adams, who was behind him on an All Terrain Vehicle (ATV).
According to Corporal James, Freeman recounted that he asked Adams for his outstanding salary and an argument broke out between them during which he stabbed him to the neck with a spoon he had sharpened.
“I see he (Adams) go by he waist and I didn’t know if he had a gun,” Corporal James said Freeman told him.
The witness recalled that the murder accused told him that he got nervous after Adams collapsed, so he ran into the backdam.
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