Linden man charged for murders of ex-lover, new boyfriend

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Forty-eight-year-old Maxwell Usher was on Monday remanded to prison for the murders of his ex-lover, Imogene Gordon, 49, and her boyfriend Royston John.

Usher appeared before Magistrate Wanda Fortune at the Linden Magistrate’s Court, slapped with two counts of murder. He was remanded to prison and the case will continue on April 20, 2020. It is alleged that Usher murdered the duo on March 17.

The bodies of Gordon, of Lot 177 Prosville, Wismar, Linden, and John, of East Berbice- Corentyne, were discovered at about 21:00h on March 17 at the woman’s Prosville home with multiple stab wounds after Police were summoned to the scene.

John was reportedly discovered lying on his back at the door of the lower flat of the incomplete two-storey building while Gordon was discovered lying face down in the lower flat.

Post-mortem examinations conducted on the bodies of the two have since given the causes of deaths as multiple incise wounds which include cuts and stabs.

Police, who were summoned to the scene had discovered a knife some six feet away from Gordon’s body. The knife is suspected to be the murder weapon.

A neighbour recalled hearing the woman screaming prior to the bodies being discovered, while indicating that calls to her cell phone went unanswered. The neighbour then called the Wisroc Police Outpost and lodged a report.

Usher was arrested a day after the incident in the vicinity of Prosville where the incident occurred and was transported to the Linden Hospital Complex where he was treated for a gaping wound in the hand.

Information revealed that just recently, Gordon had filed a police complaint against Usher with whom she had once shared a common-law relationship. Reports are that the woman had complained that he threatened to chop off her hands and feet. He was arrested and charged in connection with these allegations on March 10 and later appeared at Linden Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Dylon Bess where he pleaded guilty to the charge. He was placed on a six-month bond to keep the peace.