PI into murder charge against hotelier continues with ‘eyewitness’ testimony

The preliminary inquiry into the murder charge against Subryanville hotelier Erwin Bacchus, continued yesterday with eyewitness testimony, including that of the handyman who was present at the scene.

It is alleged that Bacchus, on August 4th, at Subryanville, murdered Jason De Florimonte. De Florimonte was shot four times in his chest after a confrontation with Bacchus, the owner of the Tourist Villa hotel, located at Lot 95 Fifth Avenue Subryanville, Kitty, Georgetown, obliquely opposite his house.

When the matter was called yesterday before trial Magistrate Judy Latchman, special prosecutor for the matter, Dexter Todd, stated that he had received advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to proceed with calling the handyman as a witness.

Terrence Newsum, who was employed as a handyman at the hotel owned by Bacchus, was then called upon to give evidence. The second person called to the witness box yesterday was Alvin Leitch, who was around at the time of the alleged murder.

Last week, Magistrate Latchman, following a meeting with Todd and attorneys Glenn Hanoman and Jed Vasconcellos, who both represent Bacchus, informed the court that Todd was not willing to call Newsum to testify, but related that he was willing to subject the witness to the defence.

Todd later requested time to have his request vented with the DPP.

Following yesterday’s testimonies, Magistrate Latchman adjourned the matter until October 26th, for continuation of the inquiry.

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