High Court trial set to commence for accused in 2009 fireman’s murder

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A 12 member-jury was impaneled before Justice James Bovell-Drakes at the High Court on Tuesday to hear the case of Errol Williams called “Shortman” or Errol Kesney who is accused of murdering fireman Patrick Daly who was violently chopped to death on September 15, 2009.

At his arraignment, Williams pled not guilty when the charge was read out to him which alleged that he, in the company of others, murdered Daly at Land of Canaan, East Bank Demerara (EBD).

After the jurors were sworn in, the judge adjourned the case to October 9 when the first set of the eight witnesses will testify in court. The State contends that “Shortman” and two others had armed themselves with cutlasses and other weapons and approached an outside toilet where the now deceased man was located.

The Prosecution says that the three men came knocking at the toilet door ordering Daly to come outside. It was disclosed that after the deceased opened the latrine’s door, he ran away. The men reportedly ran behind him but eventually caught up with him where he was subdued, reportedly doused with a corrosive substance and then chopped several times about the body.

Reports were that the fireman died of shock and haemorrhage due to multiple chop wounds.

“Shortman” had swiftly ushered himself away from the murder scene and was on the run for several years before finally being recaptured by police in June 2015. He is being represented by attorney Maxwell McKay while Prosecutors Mandell Moore and Orinthia Schmidt are leading the State’s case.

The Demerara High Court trial will commence on Monday.

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