Mandela Ave. Shooting: Britton charged with murder, remanded to prison

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Twenty – year – old Lloyd Britton of 77 Beterverwagting East Coast Demerara appeared before Magistrate Judy Latchman and was not required to plead to the capital offence of murder.

The court was told that on July 26 at Mandela Avenue Georgetown the accused murdered 24 – year – old Elvis Fernandes.

Britten was represented by Attorney – at – law Peter Hugh, who told the court that his client was forced to place his fingerprint on a paper. The lawyer added that his client had no knowledge of what was on the paper.

He however opined that the document could have been a caution statement. The Magistrate asked the accused if he had anything to say about the offence and the man in tears, replied that he is being framed. The Magistrate remanded Britton until September 05.

Fernandes, of Mandela Avenue, West Ruimveldt, Georgetown, was shot and killed during an argument with a minibus driver late last month, the police had said.

The incident occurred at about 6:45PM on Mandela Avenue, Georgetown.

Police spokesman Ivelaw Whittaker said in a release that initial investigations have revealed that the driver of a mini-bus and the driver of a motor car had an argument earlier at Mandela Avenue as a result of a damage accident involving the two motor vehicles.

“The drivers of the two vehicles later crossed paths again along Mandela Avenue as the mini-bus stopped to put off a passenger and another argument arose. On this occasion Elvis Fernandes and a plain clothes policeman were in the motor car,” Whittaker said.

He said that Fernandes became involved in the argument along with the driver of the mini bus, during which he was shot to his chest by a man who was a passenger in the mini-bus and who had begun discharging rounds from a firearm.

“The policeman who was making efforts to pacify the situation responded and discharged a round from his service firearm which struck the armed man. The armed man, however, re-entered the mini-bus and was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital by the driver,” Whittaker said.DSC05038

Police identified Britton. Fernandes was pronounced dead on arrival at the same institution.

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