Kevin Stephens, the MMC Security Force guard who allegedly shot and killed his colleague during an argument on Saturday, was yesterday charged with murder and remanded to prison.
Stephens, of La Penitence, Georgetown, appeared before Magistrate Alisha George at the Cove and John Magistrate’s Court, where he was accused of murdering Hubert Verwayne, a driver of the same security firm, on September 17, at Happy Acres, East Coast Demerara.
The unrepresented defendant was not required to plead to the indictable charge and was subsequently remanded to prison until October 26.
Verwayne, called “Bullet,” 36, a father of four who lived at Lot 710 Block ‘8’ Tuschen Housing Scheme, East Bank Essequibo, was shot twice to his neck in the attack and was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
The Guyana Police Force, in a statement, had said the shooting occurred around 8am, when the suspect, armed with a shotgun, accused Verwayne and other workers of making “ill remarks” about his relative and then fired at them.
Verwayne was fatally shot, while a co-worker was wounded as a result.
The dead man’s mother, Eslyn Verwayne-Gibbons, had related to this newspaper that based on what she was told, Verwayne and some other workers had just come off duty and were having a conversation when the shooter, who was heading to work, approached him and said, “Yuh (expletive) with my family!” The shooter, she was told, then went into the office and signed for his weapon, which he ten used to inflict the fatal wounds on her son.