Apr 07, 2018 News
By: Tiana Cole
Scores of persons gathered early yesterday morning at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court to await the arrival of 36-year-old Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Captain, Orwain Sandy who allegedly shot his reputed wife, Reona Payne 14 times, killing her.
A tearful Orwain Sandy, of Lot 130 Section ‘C’ Golden Grove, East Bank Demerara, made his entrance into the court compound shortly after 09:00 hrs yesterday. Persons were gathered in and out of the court compound when he arrived there.
Before making an appearance before Principal Magistrate Judy Latchman, Sandy was whisked away to the prisoners holding area where he spent a few minutes conversing with his attorney before being sent through the prisoners’ chute, shackled and handcuffed.
In the courtroom, Sandy was seen and heard crying uncontrollably while seated in the prisoners’ dock.
The Magistrate then instructed Sandy to stand; she asked his name; Sandy stuttered through tears.
He was not allowed to plead to the indictable offence, which alleged that on March 31, last, at First Street, Alexander Village, Georgetown, he murdered Reona Payne.
The man’s Attorney, James Bond, told the court that his client is a serving member of the Guyana Defence Force and has an unblemished record.
The lawyer asked that his client be examined by a psychiatrist. Bond added that his client has been consulting with various psychiatrists for the past two years.
He added that the evaluation is not only critical for his client’s defence but also for his well-being.
Bond stated that the defence will be flying in an independent psychiatrist to conduct the evaluation.
Magistrate Latchman, after listening to the defence council, ordered that Sandy undergoes a psychiatrist evaluation by Government Psychiatrist, Dr. Bhiro Harry.
The matter was prosecuted by Police Prosecutor Vishnu Hunt who told the court that the file is still incomplete and she remanded the accused to prison.
Sandy who cried throughout the court proceedings was instructed to make his next court appearance on April 24.
Meanwhile, outside of the courtroom, a number of Sandy’s colleagues broke down in tears upon seeing him entering and exiting the courtroom.
Sandy’s entire stay at the court lasted about 15 minutes before he was placed into a bus and taken away.
Seven days ago, Sandy surrendered to officers at the Ruimveldt Police Station, after he allegedly shot his reputed wife, Reona Payne, a Travel Agent.
According to reports, Sandy, who was the Aide-de-Camp to the Chief-of-Staff and has since been interdicted from duty, surrendered to lawmen shortly after 10:45 hrs last Saturday after he allegedly shot Payne several times at First Street, Alexander Village.
It was reported that Sandy and Payne were seated in a car when the two got into an argument. Sandy allegedly shot the woman several times about her body, killing her.
He then drove himself to the police station where he reportedly told the police what had transpired. He also handed in his weapon and was placed in custody.
Payne was a mother of three and Sandy a father of two. The two were not married, but were living together for about three years.
They had also recently launched a business, Prestige Taxi Service, at the recently concluded Wedding Exposition.
The Guyana Defence Force, in a release on the day of the shooting, said that Sandy was immediately interdicted from duty. The release further stated that the Force was saddened by the incident, but noted that Sandy’s action was not reflective of the values and standards of the GDF.
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