High Court Judge Brassington Reynolds has ruled that accused killer Richard Stanton must mount a defence at his murder trial now underway at the High Court in Georgetown.
Attorneys-at-Law Mark Waldron and Keoma Griffith, who are overseeing the trial on behalf of Stanton, had asked Justice Reynolds to find that the prosecutors had not made out a case against their client.
After listening to arguments from defence counsel and State Prosecutors Tiffini Lyken, Seeta Bishundial and Narissa Leander, the Judge threw out the application yesterday.
The arguments were heard in the absence of the jury.
Stanton will return to court on Monday, for continuation of trial.
According to reports, 45-year-old Sanasie was riddled with bullets by gunmen clad in black. She was shot to the chest, abdomen, neck and groin.
It was reported that Romona Sanasie, a daughter of the deceased, positively identified Stanton as her mother’s killer.
At the time of her mother’s death, the young woman was in the car with her mother.
Previously Sergeant Rodwell Sarrabo, had testified that he was present at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Headquarters on April 21, 2015, when Stanton was placed on an identification parade.
Back then Sergeant Sarrabo was a detective attached to the Major Crimes Investigations Unit (MCIU).
According to Sarrabo, Stanton was among eight men who were of similar height, age, size and complexion.
The police witness told the 12-member jury that Romona Sanasie, the daughter of the deceased, was the sole witness to the identification parade.
The detective told the jury that after being identified as the person who shot and killed her mother by Romona Sanasie, Stanton was cautioned in accordance to the judge’s rule and afterwards replied, “I don’t know anything about that. I is not a murder man.”
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