Carlos Wesley Payne, called “Biggy”, took the stand on Thursday where he denied that he carried out a rape while executing a robbery at the Wismar Hospital, Linden on September 11, 2008. The accused was unrepresented when he took the stand before a 12-member jury and presiding Judge, Justice Navindra Singh.
According to the prosecution’s case, Payne snuck and forced his way into the Hospital in the wee hours of the morning, ordering three nurses to hand over jewellery, cellphones and other belongings. The State also contends that Payne then took the nurses to the back of the hospital to lie down before he reportedly raped one of the nurses.
In the moments prior to his case being heard on Wednesday at the Demerara High Court, Payne had ordered Police ranks outside his holding cell to give him a bottle of Mackeson; a milk stout alcoholic beverage. The rape and robbery accused was heard telling ranks that he needed to cool his head. He had also complained of the amount of time he has spent behind bars. Payne was charged some six days after allegedly committing the acts in 2008.
In the coming days, the trial Judge will sum up the case before the jury can deliberate on whether or not the accused is innocent or guilty.