Police secure another postponement in Bacchus murder case

Guyana Chronicle
February 19, 2004

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THE Police yesterday secured another postponement to the start of the preliminary inquiry (PI) into the charge against the remaining Shafeek Bacchus murder accused.

Acting Chief Magistrate Juliet Holder-Allen granted the request by Inspector Gordon Peters, who said the Prosecution was not yet prepared to begin the pre-trial proceedings against funeral parlour co-owner Ashton King and ex-policeman Shawn Hinds.

King, 48, of A&D at Lot 104 Pineapple Road, East La Penitence and Hinds, 37, of Lot 14 Eccles New Scheme, East Bank Demerara, are charged with the unlawful killing of cattle farmer Bacchus, 45, who was gunned down outside his Princes Street, Lodge home, last January 5.

Peters asked for a one-month adjournment, saying he would be in a position to commence his presentation then and the Court set March 24 for the commencement.

Until that date, King and Hinds were further remanded to prison.

The third man who was jointly accused of the fatal drive-by shooting, Mark Thomas alias ‘Kerzorkee’ and former manager of Auby’s Wine Bar at Norton and George Streets, Werk-en-Rust, also in Georgetown, never made a Court appearance.

He took sick when told he was to face the charge for the capital offence and died a patient of Georgetown Public Hospital on February 1.

Thomas, King and Hinds were all linked to the still swirling so-called ‘death squad’ controversy.