A fourth man was yesterday charged with the murder of Bourda Market cheese vendor Troy Ramalho.
It is alleged that Nya John, 20, on August 15th at Robb Street, Bourda, in the course or furtherance of a robbery, murdered Ramalho.
John, who is a vendor at the Stabroek Market, was not required to plead to the capital offence when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court. His attorney George Thomas told the court that his client relies strongly on his alibi and made an application for early disclosure of statements. Police prosecutor Gordon Mansfield in response, told the court that only a few statements are missing and three other persons are currently on trial for the same offence.
The Chief Magistrate then remanded John to prison and adjourned the matter to January 18th next year.
Akeem Morris, George Paton and Roy Sandford were charged for Ramalho’s murder back in September. Ramalho, 45, was shot once to the chest while reportedly resisting three men who attempted to rob him of his jewellery.
A witness told police that the gunman discharged a round at Ramalho, who fell instantly. His accomplices then relieved the shot man of his jewellery and quickly fled the scene. Ramalho was subsequently rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.