By Kurt Campbell
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Crime Chief Leslie James disclosed that at least one other person is being sought by police in connection with the abduction and subsequent murder of Enmore businessman, Rajendra Singh.
He reminded that the Police have confessions and five persons are already charged and currently before the Court. When asked about the strength of the case and the possibility of a successful prosecution, the Crime Chief noted that the Court will have to make that determination.
Five men were charged and appeared before magistrate Ann Mc Lennon at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, April 17 and were not required to plead to the indictable offence of murder.
The men are Adony James, 31 years, of Roxanne Burnham Gardens, Georgetown; Sheldon Chase, 28 years of Pike Street, Kitty; Doonauth Ketwaroo called ‘Pumpkin’, 27 years, of Good Hope, ECD; Tony Thomas, 27 years, of Bel Air, Georgetown and Michael Lewis called ‘Jet Lee’, 37 years, of Sheriff Street, Georgetown.
They were remanded to prison until May 21, 2014. The Court heard that between April 5 – 9 at Le Repentir Cemetery, they murdered Rajendra Singh. The prosecution is expected to call some 31 witnesses at the Preliminary Inquiry.
Three of the five accused through their lawyers told the Court they were beaten and tortured by the police into signing their confession statements at the police station. The Court was told that the beating reportedly took place at the Sparendaam and Cove and John Police Stations.
Singh, a spare parts auto dealer was kidnapped by two gunmen on April 05 at his Foulis, East Coast Demerara business place. His car was found abandoned in Goedverwagting, East Coast Demerara by his wife.
The kidnappers had initially demanded $50M from the family, but reduced it to $25M. The ransom was never paid and Singh was found dead on April 09 with a gunshot wound to his head in the Le Repentir Cemetery in Georgetown.