A taxi driver was yesterday remanded to prison on a charge of murdering a storeowner in 2006 when he appeared before Acting Chief Magistrate Melissa Robertson at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court.
28-year-old Sherwin Sampson of 2091 Williamstaad Road, North Ruimveldt was not required to plead to the indictable offence when it was read to him.
It was alleged that on September 26, 2006 at Georgetown, Sampson murdered store owner Shirool Persaud. She was shot dead when two bandits rushed into her store just before noon on bustling Regent Street, Georgetown.
Persaud was shot several times in the head and about the body while she tried to fight off the two bandits who struck while she was in the cashier’s cage and with employees around.
Ajodha Persaud, the woman’s husband, said the two fled with an undisclosed sum of money, the takings from the previous day’s sale at their Boyo’s Variety Store.
Police in a press release had said the man with the gun suddenly rushed into the cashier’s cage through the doorway and demanded cash. During the robbery, the man discharged several rounds hitting Shirool about the body.
When given the opportunity to speak Sampson declined.
His matter was transferred to Court Two for February 13 so that a date could be fixed for the commencement of the preliminary inquiry.