At Defence request…
Shafeek Bacchus murder case inquiry postponed again
Guyana Chronicle
March 25, 2004

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THE preliminary inquiry (PI) into the murder charge against the men accused of murdering cattle farmer Shafeek Bacchus was postponed again yesterday.

Chief Magistrate Juliet Holder-Allen set the new commencement date as April 14 after granting a request for the second postponement, from Defence Counsel Compton Richardson, who is representing Shawn Hinds.

Other attorney-at-law Mr Vic Puran, for co-accused Ashton King, was in Court, too, but offered no objection.

Ex-policeman Hinds and King, co-owner of A&D Funeral Parlour, are jointly accused of the January 5 murder outside the victim’s home in Princes Street, Georgetown.

The previous adjournment, to yesterday, was granted on a successful application by Police Chief Inspector Gordon Peters, last February 18, when the charge for the capital offence against a third accused, Mark Thomas alias ‘Kerzorkee’, was withdrawn.

Thomas died in Georgetown Public Hospital on February 1 where he had been a patient since taken ill on hearing that he was to be charged, as well.

On their appearance in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court compound yesterday, Hinds and King were hugged and kissed by friends and well-wishers.