By Kizzy Coleman
The killer who, over the weekend, confessed to murdering an Anna Catherina businesswoman and her two young sons back in 2012 was today remanded when he appeared at the Leonora Magistrates’ Courts on the West Coast of Demerara.
Abishai Caesar, 31, of Tuschen Housing Scheme, East Bank Essequibo (EBE) was before the court facing three different charges.
The first charge alleged that on September 24, 2012 at Anna Catherina, West Coast Demerara, he murdered 41-year-old Jennifer Persaud and her sons Afridi Bacchus, 6, and 18-month-old Jadon Persaud. He was not required to plead to the indictable charge to which he confessed.
(INews, over the weekend, broke the story about the suspect confessing to the brutal 2012 murders. INews received information minutes after the suspect confessed to murdering Jennifer Persaud, 41, who was the owner of a liquor store and bar at Anna Catherina; and her sons Afridi Bacchus, 6, and Jadon Persaud who was 18 months old at the time.)
Meanwhile, Caesar this morning pleaded not guilty to the second charge which alleged that on April 2, 2016 at Tuschen Housing Scheme, he assaulted Zoey Phillips with intent to cause actual bodily harm.
On the third charge, the accused initially pleaded guilty to the charge which alleged that on April 22, 2016 at Tuschen Housing Scheme, he used threatening language and behaviour against Zoey Phillip.
The prosecution stated that on the day in question, at around 03:00 hrs, the accused went home and a disagreement ensued between him and his reputed wife, Zoey Phillips.
As the disagreement spiralled out of control, the accused threatened the Virtual Complainant (VC) to ‘cut off’ her neck. He reportedly forced the VC to take off her clothing while threatening to beat her.
The woman was able to escape from the accused, and report the matter to a police outpost in the area. The suspect was subsequently arrested.
On the third charge, the accused denied the allegations openly in court after which the Magistrate entered him into a not guilty plea.
He was subsequently remanded and is to next appear in court on May 31, 2016.