Faced with three charges, including the murder of a policeman, Steve Bacchus was remanded to prison after he made his first appearance in court yesterday.
Besides the January 24 murder of Police Constable Quincy Wright, Bacchus was also charged with the attempted murder of Mortimer Maynard, a security guard attached to the Strategic Actions Security Limited and the theft of a firearm along with live rounds of ammunition from another security guard attached to the same company.
According to the police’s case, Bacchus’ alleged crimes were committed within a day of each other. Prosecutor Michael Grant said that at about 20:30hrs on January 23, in Sophia, Maynard and Trevor Fraser were performing their security duties when Bacchus, along with three others, held onto Fraser and relieved him of his loaded Taurus pistol. During the robbery, Maynard was shot. Bacchus and his accomplices then fled the scene of the crime.
The following evening, Grant said, the now-deceased Wright was at a home in Guyhoc Park when the accused went there asking to see Alicia Adams, the girlfriend of the deceased. At the time, Wright was in the yard when Bacchus approached him and looked him in his face. Grant said an argument ensued between the two men, during which Bacchus pulled out a firearm and discharged it at Wright. He then made good his escape. Wright was pronounced dead on arrival at the Georgetown Public Hospital.
According to Prosecutor Grant, the police’s investigations are incomplete. As a result, the unrepresented Bacchus was ordered to return to court on February 18 for reports and fixtures.
Bacchus had turned himself over to the police on January 30 after a wanted bulletin for his arrest was issued following the murder.