Second man charged with murdering taxi driver

Devon Alleyne

A second man was yesterday charged with the fatal shooting of taxi driver Kelvin Walters.

Devon Alleyne, who walked using crutches and had bandages on his left leg, was brought before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan, who read the murder charge to him in a Georgetown court.

It is alleged that Alleyne murdered Walters on January 22nd, 2019, at Eccles Public Road, East Bank Demerara.

Alleyne, 31, of 148 Middle Road La Penitence, was not required to plead to the indictable charge.

Kevin Walters

Attorney Dexter Todd, who represented the accused, stated that his client suffered injuries to his head and would require regular medical treatment.

Police prosecutor Neville Jeffers then told the court that the file relating to the matter is incomplete, while noting that both the post-mortem report and ballistic report are outstanding.

Another accused, Rodrick Thomas, was charged last Friday with the murder. Both men are expected to appear before the Chief Magistrate today.

Walters was fatally shot along the Eccles Public Road on the night of January 22nd, while he was on his way home.

Rodrick Thomas

Police said Walters, who was travelling south along the eastern carriageway of the road in his car, PXX 1509, with his wife and child, was shot by a man on a motorcycle.

While in the vicinity of the Two Brothers Service Station, the police said, two men on the motorcycle turned in front of Walters’ vehicle and the pillion rider whipped out a handgun and shot him in the face.

Nevertheless, Walters managed to hit the suspects with his car. The two men fled on foot. The motorcycle and a firearm with 14 live rounds were left behind at the crime scene, where they were later recovered by the police.

Devon Alleyne awaiting his crutches in the back of a police vehicle after arriving at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.

The motive of the shooting remains unknown. However, Walters was a witness in the case of a grenade being found outside the offices of the Kaieteur News at Saffon Street, Charlestown, on June 4th, 2016.  Walters had testified in the preliminary inquiry into the charge against the accused in that crime. The matter is set to come up in the High Court later this year.

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