Soldier charged with attempted murder

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Murder accused: Barrington Cyprian. [jNews' Photo]
The accused: Barrington Cyprian. [jNews’ Photo]
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Guyana Defence Force Soldier, 22-year-old Barrington Cyprian of Karasabai Village, Region Nine, was remanded to prison by Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry on an attempted murder charge.

He appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court on Friday, January 16 and was not required to plead to the indictable charge which alleged that on November 14, 2014 at Ireng River, Karasabai Village he unlawfully and maliciously wounded James Salvadorie John with intent to murder him.

Police Prosecutor Bharat Mangru said that about 16:00 hours that day, the two men went fishing and the accused borrowed a shotgun from John and shot him in his back. The victim was taken to the Lethem Hospital and subsequently referred to Boa Vista, Brazil for medical treatment.

Mangru told the Court that the matter was reported but the accused had fled to Brazil. When he returned to Guyana on January 12, he was arrested and charged.

The Prosecutor objected to bail citing the seriousness and prevalence of the offence. He said that a gun was used and that Cyprian is a flight risk.

The accused was represented by Attorney-at-Law Jerome Khan who requested bail for his client. He said that on the day in question, the men went on a hunting and fishing trip and there was no animosity involved in what occurred.

Khan claims that John gave Cyprian his gun to hold and as they were clearing a path, the gun went off hitting the virtual complainant (VC) in his back. He said his client assisted John then and even visited him while he was in Brazil and offered financial assistance.

The lawyer claims it was an accident. Bail was refused and the case was transferred to the Lethem Magistrates’ Court for March 2.

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