Taxi driver remanded for allegedly murdering man in front of Baroombar

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DSC05163Taxi driver, Kurt Clarke was today remanded to prison when he appeared before Magistrate Judy Latchman and was not required to plead to the capital offence of murder.

Clarke, of North Road Georgetown is accused of murdering 23 – year – old Jamal Fernandes on September 4, outside of the popular night spot – Baroombar. Fernandes was stabbed to death, the police said.

The court heard that on the day in question at about 3:20h, Fernandes was standing on North Road with two females when the defendant drove by with his car and called out to one of the women, describing her as “sexy.”

According to the allegations, the accused then turned his attention to Fernandes and called him an “antiman” after which Fernandes became annoyed and an argument ensued between the two men.

The allegations state that during the argument, Clarke dealt Fernandes five stabs to his chest. According to the prosecutor, Fernandes was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he succumbed as a result of his injuries. Based on the information presented in court, the Magistrate refused bail and Clarke will return to court on September 20. [Royan Abrams]

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