The Preliminary Inquiry (PI) into the murder of an America Street money-changer who was shot and killed while plying his trade, commenced yesterday before Principal Magistrate Judy Latchman in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.
Kerwin Dos Santos and George Hope, both 24, of Freeman Street, La Penitence, Georgetown, are currently on remand for the murder of Shawn Nurse, called ‘Fabulous’.
It is alleged that on February 4, last, at America Street, Georgetown, they murdered Nurse, during the course or furtherance of a robbery.
Yesterday when the matter was called in Magistrate Latchman’s courtroom, Police photographer, Corporal Orlando Alleyne, went into the witness box and told the court the role he played in the investigation.
His evidence was however suspended and he was asked to return on April 20 for the continuation of the PI.
The prosecutor is expected to call a total of 20 witnesses during the PI.
According to reports, Nurse, of Apartment 33 Shopping Plaza, South Ruimveldt, Georgetown, was shot in the left side of the face during a struggle with a gunman, who was attempting to relieve him of a large sum of foreign and local currency.
The father of three died at the scene, while his killer fled with an undisclosed sum of cash and a quantity of gold jewellery.
According to the police, Nurse was shot to the left cheek just below the eye by an identifiable male dressed in a red hoodie and brown three-quarter pants who then escaped on foot via Avenue of the Republic and Charlotte Street.
Police ranks from the crime unit processed the area and the body. A 9mm spent shell was recovered at the scene.
Last October, Hope was arrested by police after he was suspected to be involved in the murder of 58-year-old Fazal Shaheed, who was shot and killed during an invasion at his family home in East La Penitence on September 24, 2017.
A few weeks after that killing, Hope was arraigned in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts where he was remanded to prison for allegedly being in possession of 736 grams of marijuana for trafficking.
According to reports, a party of policemen descended on the East La Penitence home of Hope, who was allegedly seen standing next to a barrel, which when searched, contained a haversack with leaves, seeds and stems inside.
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