Congress Place shooting suspect to go on trial tomorrow

The trial of Linden Primo, the man accused of firing a gun during the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) 18th Biennial Congress on July 27, is set to begin tomorrow.

The announcement was made yesterday at the second calling of the case by Magistrate Geeta Chandan-Edmond, who will be presiding over the matter at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.

Primo, 54, of 41 Farm Village, Mahaicony, was released on his own recognisance after making his first appearance on a charge of threatening behaviour before Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry on July 31. He on that occasion denied that on July 27, at the PNCR’s Congress Place headquarters, in Sophia, he used threatening behaviour towards Alieshaw Barker.

Linden Primo
Linden Primo

According to the prosecution’s case, on the day in question at about 9am, Barker had gone to Congress Place in Sophia for the Biennial Congress. At about 1:15pm, she went to the auditorium door to see a staff member when Primo, who was standing about seven feet away, removed a gun from his pants’ waist and pointed it in her direction. He then allegedly discharged a round.

The incident was reported and Primo was subsequently arrested and charged.

According to the police, Primo is a security guard employed at a mining company.

Police Prosecutor Michael Grant raised no objections to bail but asked that it be set in a substantial sum.

Grant also pointed out that Primo had been nabbed while he was an outgoing passenger at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Timehri last Wednesday and he requested that the man’s travel documents be lodged with the police.

Primo is represented by attorney Patrice Henry.

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