Music cart vendor charged with friend’s murder

Twenty-five-year-old Quincy Massiah, who is accused of killing his friend and workmate, music cart operator Trevor Raghubir, was yesterday remanded to prison after being charged with his murder at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court.

Massiah was not required to plead to the capital offence which alleges that on November 28 at Lot 9 Camp and D’Urban streets, Georgetown he murdered Raghubir.

No facts other than those stated in the particulars of the charge were presented to the court.

Quincy Massiah
Quincy Massiah

However, Prosecutor Deniro Jones told the court when asked that the murder weapon, a knife, was recovered and that the prosecution is in possession of the analyst result and a caution statement from the accused.

Magistrate Ann McLennan before whom Massiah was brought informed the unrepresented young man that he would be remanded to prison until January 5, 2015.

Raghubir also known as ‘Dougla Boy’ was stabbed to death last Friday at G City Electronics and Record Bar, Camp and D’Urban streets, where he worked.

Lawrence Braithwaite who owns the record bar had told Stabroek News that the two men were friends and said that Massiah, who was also an employee, was mentally ill.

The murder is suspected to have occurred around 2 am and employees at the store had speculated that it was a fight over a hammock.

An employee, who did not want to be named, said that after arriving at work on Friday morning, he found Massiah washing blood off the concrete in front of the store. He said the man was questioned and when he and others went to the back of the yard, they saw the body there and called the police.

They surmised that after he was stabbed, Raghubir might have run to the back of the yard, collapsed and succumbed.

Braithwaite described Massiah as honest, hardworking, meticulous and brilliant when it came to his work as a record keeper. Both men sold music CDs off push carts around the city.