Four charged with murder of phone card vendor

Ron Mansfield

Four persons were yesterday charged with the murder of Westminster phone card vendor, Ron Mansfield.

The charges are being brought against Shomar  ‘Pope Pi’ Singh, 21, of 61 D’Urban St.,Wortmanville; Alexander La Cruz, 25, of 179 Meten-Meer-Zorg, WCD; Mark ‘Biggs’ Welch,25, of 2743 Recht-door-Zee, WBD and Naiomi Bentick, 25, of 893 Westminster, WBD.

They appeared before Magistrate Crystal Lambert at the Vreed-en-Hoop court and were not required to plead. 

After the charge was read the accused were remanded to prison until August 23, when they are schedule to make their next court appearance.

On June 19, Mansfield, 37, a father of two, of 772 Westminster, West Bank Demerara was attacked and shot in his chest. He succumbed to the injury while being transported to the West Demerara Regional Hospital. 

“The victim who was discovered with a suspected gunshot injury to the body was reportedly returning from selling phone cards on his motorcycle. His bag containing his phone cards and money was not found,” the statement from police said on the attack which occurred around 8.30 pm.

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