A Rural Constable was yesterday charged with murdering 15-year-old Ricardo Singh, who was stabbed in July during an altercation at a wedding house along the Soesdyke-Linden Highway.
Tony George, a welder of 75 Soesdyke, stood before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan, who read the charge to him in a Georgetown court.
It is alleged that George, on July 9th, at Soesdyke Public Road, murdered Ricardo Singh.
The 28-year-old accused was not required to enter a plea to the indictable charge.
Attorney Dexter Todd, who represented the accused, told the court that he was surprised that his client was charged given the fact that the file was sent for advice some time ago and no charges were brought until yesterday. He added that statements provided by several persons support his client’s story that he acted lawfully as a law enforcer at the time.
According to the prosecutor, however, Singh and his friends went to the wedding house at Soesdyke and an altercation occurred. It was alleged that George, who is a Rural Constable (a part of the community policing group for the area), arrested the deceased and placed him in the back of a vehicle en route to the station. On their way to the station, however, George stopped the vehicle, which was driven by someone else, and he jumped out of the vehicle and Singh did the same. The prosecutor noted that George told the driver to go get the police and when they returned they met Singh with a stab wound to his belly, while the defendant stood with residents from the area.
The prosecutor noted that the file in relation to the matter is complete.
George was remanded to prison by the Chief Magistrate and the matter was adjourned until October 23rd, when it is expected to be heard by Magistrate Leron Daly.
Singh, of Lot 63 Blocks 1&2 Diamond New Scheme, East Bank Demerara, died minutes after 12 am on July 9th, after he was allegedly stabbed multiple times.