Man arraigned with father-in-law’s murder

The Georgetown Magirstrates' Courts

Thirty-six-year-old Lance Van Slyton of Canal Bank, Port Kaituma North West District (NWD) was earlier today arraigned with the murder of his father-in-law when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court.

Van Slyton was not required to plead to the indictable charge which stated that on July 28, 2018, he murdered Dennis Welcome.

Based on reports received, about 03:00h on the day in question, the accused and two of his friends were consuming alcohol outside his home and as time swiftly went by, he allowed the two friends to stay over.

His wife and daughter later ventured out into the yard to use the washroom and it was then the suspect accused the woman of leaving the house to see his friends. As such, he began to beat her and created a fracas.

Upon hearing the commotion, Welcome who resides nearby crossed the river with his boat and stopped the man from beating his daughter. To avoid a reoccurrence, the father stayed with his daughter until the break of day.

However, at about 06:30h, Williams was returning home in his boat and it was at this time his son-in-law got into a fit of rage and ran him over with his boat. As a result, Welcome fell into the water and did not surface.

A search was launched and the now dead man’s lifeless body was pulled from the canal. He sustained severe injuries to his head as a result of the hit he received from the boat.

He was taken to the Port Kaituma Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. A report was made and the accused was subsequently arrested and charged. The matter will continue on August 6




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