A 52-year-old Kildonan man was yesterday committed to stand trial in the High Court in Berbice for the murder of his 82-year-old father. It was alleged that he set his father’s house on fire on April 10, 2017.
Colin Ross, 52, a farmer, was charged with killing his father, Rudolph Ross. The charge stated that Ross in Kildonan Village, Corentyne, murdered his father in the course or furtherance of arson in relation to a dwelling house.
Ross was represented by Legal Aid Attorney, Sasha Roberts, while the case was prosecuted by Police Prosecutor, Phillip Sheriff.
The senior Ross, also known as ‘Uncle Bruce,’ perished in a fire at his Kildonan Village home on April 10. Subsequently, his son Colin Ross was placed into custody after both the police and fire service had launched an investigation.
Colin Ross became the main suspect after neighbours had told investigators that Ross and his father had been involved in a heated argument. During their second visit to the crime scene, fire service investigators discovered a bottle containing what appeared to be a flammable liquid.
Rudolph Ross, according to a post-mortem examination, died from smoke inhalation, due to exposure to the flames after the fire had started in the kitchen of the upper flat of the two-storey house at Lot 14 Kildonan Village house, where he lived.