Elderly woman charged with shooting hotel worker

Leila Jagdeo, the 69-year-old woman who is accused of shooting Brandon Collins, the maintenance worker of the Alpha Hotel at Ogle, East Coast Demerara (ECD) on Thursday, was yesterday charged and granted her release on bail.

Jagdeo, of Lot 3 Ogle, ECD, was charged with discharging a loaded firearm at Collins.

Jagdeo appeared before Magistrate Alisha George at the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court, where the charge was read to her. The woman pleaded not guilty and was released on $100,000 bail and is expected to return to court on May 22nd.

At around 6.50 am on Thursday, Collins, 23, of Manchester, Corentyne, Berbice was clearing vines from the hotel’s fence when he was asked to move from the fence by Jagdeo, the owner of the house next door to the hotel.

Upon observing that Collins was

hesitating to adhere to her instructions, Jagdeo armed herself with a licensed firearm and discharged a round at Collins, which struck him in the abdomen.

A member of the hotel staff claimed that Collins had turned his back to remove himself from the fence when the woman shot him.

“He had been trimming the trees that was over the fence. He had finished the front and was working at the back and the woman was standing on her verandah. She turned and tell him to come off the fence before she shoot him,” an employee, who asked not to be named, related.

The man has been hospitalised at the Georgetown Public Hospital.

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