Man remanded over ‘drunken row’ murder at Issano

Lloyd Henry  was yesterday charged with the murder of Carl Francis, 24, a miner who was fatally stabbed to death at Issano Landing, Mazaruni River last Wednesday during a drunken row.

According to the particulars of the charge, on December 14 the accused murdered Francis who resided at Dog Point, Essequibo.

The man was not required to plead to the capital offence after it was read to him by acting Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine–Beharry at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court. In presenting the police facts to the court, Prosecutor Lionel Harvey said that on the day in question at about 21:00 hrs the accused went into the shop at the said landing where Francis and two others were consuming alcohol.

The prosecutor added that an argument ensued between the accused and Francis and it later resulted in a scuffle.

He further related that the accused who was armed with a knife dealt the now dead man two stab wounds, one to his abdomen and another to his arm. As a result Francis was rushed to a nearby hospital but he succumbed while receiving medical attention. Harvey concluded that Henry was taken into police custody following the incident.

The murder accused was remanded to prison and the matter was transferred to the Bartica Magistrates’ Court when it will be called again on January 5.

According to police reports, there have been numerous murders in the Issano area and a few of them involved the consumption of alcohol.

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