Duo arraigned for murder of carpenter


Two men appeared before City Magistrate Judy Latchman on Wednesday and were arraigned for the murder of 43-year-old carpenter, Raul Rodriguez, who was stabbed to death in January 2017.

28-year-old Afabian Yankana of Hadfield Street, Georgetown and Akeem Yamar appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts and had the indictable charge read to them.

Afabian Yankana in white and Akeem Yamar in green

They were not allowed to plead to the charge which alleged that they murdered Rodriguez on January 20, 2017, at Croal Street, Stabroek Georgetown during the course of a robbery.

Both men were remanded to prison to return on August 22, 2017, before the Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan.

On the day of his demise, Rodriguez- a father of three children, formerly of 64 Leopold Street, Georgetown- and the defendants reportedly had an altercation when he was stabbed to his chest.

After being stabbed, the victim reportedly ran from his attackers but subsequently collapsed in front of Demico House.

He was picked up and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Shortly after, Yankana, a bus conductor was arrested by Police and charged with the killing while Yamar was later arrested.

Following the arraignment on Wednesday and while the men were being escorted to the holding cell at Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts, family members including the sister of Rodriguez, Anastasia were all heard yelling to the accused “we will get justice for our brother, yall gon punish!”.


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