[www.inewsguyana.com] – An excavator operator has been charged with the murder of a Cane Grove, East Coast Demerara farmer, Hardat Kissoon, who was shot and killed in a minibus after they trailed him from a city bank on June 01.
Thirty-two-year-old Sherwin Trotman of Lot 45 Section D, South Turkeyen, was not required to plea to the indictable charge before Magistrate Ann McLennan.
Details of the allegation stated that on June 1 at University of Guyana Road, Turkeyen, being in the company of another, he murdered Kissoon.
Trotman, who was unrepresented in court, stated that he was not placed on any identification parade nor are there any statements or witnesses in the matter.
The accused further stated that he was arrested and shown a video with two individuals on a motorcycle, emphasizing that he could not make out the images on the video, since it was blurry.
According to the accused, he was asked by two officers, whom he identified, if he did the shooting and he told them no, after which they told him that he will be held in custody as the pillion rider.
The accused claimed that he was asked by a Police Sergeant [name given] to call his relatives and inform them to take $2M to the police station. Meanwhile, Police Prosecutor Dinero Jones said that the incident was captured on a CCTV camera.
The accused was remanded to prison and the matter was transferred to the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court for July 08. iNews had reported that Trotman was arrested on Saturday, June 27 at the Princess Casino on the East Bank of Demerara.
Police had reported that at 14:35 hours on June 01, at Turkeyen Public Road, Kissoon, 42, was shot and killed. According to the police, Kissoon was travelling in a minibus when another man in the vehicle requested to get off. As the man was passing Kissoon, he pulled out a firearm and held the rice farmer at gunpoint and demanded a bag of money that he had in his possession.
A struggle ensued over the bag during which Kissoon was shot to his chest and the perpetrator escaped with the bag. Kissoon lay dead in the back seat of the minibus until his body was transported to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was officially pronounced dead on arrival.