High Court trial for Bartica man accused of murdering young mechanic

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Twenty-year- old Rayon Jones of Fourth Avenue, Bartica was today committed to stand trial at the High Court after Magistrate Leron Daly declared a prima facie case was made out against him.

Accused: Rayon Jones  Puranand Andrew Baljit
ACCUSED: Rayon Jones                                      DEAD: Puranand Baljit

Magistrate Daly handed down her ruling in a packed court room at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court noting that the prosecution has provided substantial evidence against the defendant that the defence had failed to refute.

It is alleged that on June 9, 2016 during the course of a robbery, he murdered Puranand Andrew Baljit at Madewini, East Bank Demerara.

The court heard that Jones was arrested several times before and appeared at the Bartica Magistrate’s Court on break and enter and robbery charges.

According to reports, Jones was arrested on June 11, 2016 at the Georgetown seawall by police after he was lured there by his reputed wife.

On the night in question Baljit, 23, was found with several stab wounds about his body, mainly to the chest and shoulder.

It was reported while Jones’ was under investigation he admitted to police ranks that he entered Baljit’s bedroom earlier that night and hid himself until the victim was asleep. He further added that Baljit woke up suddenly and they had a fierce scuffle.

Baljit’s father told investigators that on the night of his son’s murder he heard screams emerging from his room. However when he rushed to the room, he found the door locked, forcing him to climb through his son’s bedroom window, where he discovered his son lying in a pool of blood.

The father stated that his son was then taken by his stepmother to the East Bank Demerara Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

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