Accused in Mandela Ave slaying to face High Court trial

Lloyd Britton was yesterday committed to stand trial for the murder of Elvis Fernandes, who was shot dead on Mandela Avenue last year during an argument between two motorists.

Britton, called ‘Lloyden Britton,’ of 77 Surat Drive, Beterverwagting, East Coast Demerara, was charged with the July 26, 2013 murder of Fernandes and committed after a preliminary inquiry into the charge was conducted at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court One.

Lloyd Britton
Lloyd Britton
Elvis Fernandes
Elvis Fernandes

Police had said Fernandes became involved in an argument between a minibus driver and the driver of a car that he was in at the time.

The police further stated that Fernandes was shot to his chest by a passenger who was in the bus at the time.

Thomas and Success allegedly received and concealed a gun from Britton, knowing that he had murdered Fernandes on the day in question.

Cousins Jermaine Thomas and Gerome Success were charged with harbouring Britton after knowing that he had murdered Fernandes. However, Success was discharged and Thomas was committed to stand trial for his involvement in the murder.

The preliminary inquiry, led by Police Prosecutor Bharat Mangru, lasted four months and saw 19 witnesses offer evidence.

Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry ruled that there was sufficient evidence against Britton and Thomas.

Britton is represented by attorney-at-law Peter Hugh and Success is represented by attorney George Thomas.

 

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