[www.inewsguyana.com] – A 28 – year – old man of Soesdyke, East Bank Demerara, charged with the offence of murder was on Monday (December 09) remanded to prison by Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry.
Raymond Shawn Tyson was not required to plead to the indictable charge which alledged that between May 27 and 28 at Land of Canaan, East Bank Demerara he murdered Khemraj Singh also called ‘Tony’ or ‘Fine man’.
Police Prosecutor Bharat Mangru told the court that between March 27 through 28 at Land of Canaan, Singh was murdered at his place of employment by person(s). Singh was believed to have been killed and robbed of a Blackberry curve cellular phone.
Hence, after the blackberry messenger plan was activated it was discovered that the accused was using the said phone.
Tyson denied killing Singh and also refused to give any explanations regarding his possession of the phone. His file has been sent to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Chambers for advice.
Mangru informed the court that there are twenty-two witnesses in the matter.
Attorney-at-Law Nigel Hughes who represented Tyson, argued that his client was being framed with the offence by a young lady he shared a previous relationship with. He explained that after Tyson terminated the said relationship the woman was not pleased.
The defence lawyer said that his client remained in the village for two months after the said incident and was never contacted by any police. He added that after the accused left to go work with Gold Fields in the interior he was accused of being involved in Singh’s murder.
Hughes said that, Tyson return to Georgetown ten days ago and was arrested by Police officer Lowe who was seen on Sunday with the woman who ‘allegedly’ framed his client. The Lawyer added that the friends of the accused were contacted, threatened and intimidated by the officer not to give any evidence in the matter.
The defence lawyer further stated that there is an alibi witness who fled the village out of fear. He asked that, the said witness be interview by another police instead of Lowe.
The matter stands adjourned until March 3 for commencement of Preliminary Inquiry (PI).