Accused to stand trial for murder of ambulance dispatcher

Allan Sim, the man alleged to have murdered George-town Public Hospital ambulance dispatcher Melissa Skeete almost three years ago, was yesterday committed to stand trial for the crime.

Sim, of Lot 860 Paradise Housing Scheme, was committed at the conclusion of the Preliminary Inquiry into the charge, which was being conducted by Senior Magistrate Fabayo Azore.

The charge against Sim states that on November 23rd, 2015, at Georgetown, he murdered Skeete.

Magistrate Azore informed Sim that based upon the whole of the evidence, a prima facie case was made out against him. Magistrate Azore then asked him if he wished to say anything and he indicated that he would reserve his defence for the High Court. Sim also declined to call any witnesses.

Sim, who was represented by attorney Latchmie Rahamat, was then told that he was committed to stand trial at the next practicable sitting of the Demerara Assizes. He will remain on remand until that time.

Allan Sim Jr, the son of Allan Sim, was previously committed to stand trial for being an accessory to the murder of Skeete. The charge against Sim Jr stated that while knowing that his father had murdered Skeete, he gave comfort and assistance to him on November 25th, 2015.

Skeete, 31, was allegedly stabbed and tossed from a car onto a city street by Sim, her common-law partner, with whom she shared two of her four children. The woman, who had been bleeding profusely, later succumbed to the injuries she sustained.         

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