Proceedings in Bacchus murder case postponed again
Guyana Chronicle
April 17, 2004

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THE preliminary inquiry (PI) into the joint charge against the duo accused of the Shafeek Bacchus murder was again postponed yesterday.

Appearing in Court for the second time this week, A&D Funeral Parlour co-owner Ashton King and ex-policeman Shawn Hinds were given May 3 as the new starting date.

Principal Magistrate Cecil Sullivan announced the postponement in the absence of Chief Magistrate Juliet Holder-Allen, who will preside over the pre-trial proceedings.

Mr Sullivan had initially said May 10 but granted a request for an earlier date from Defence Counsel Compton Richardson, representing Hinds.

King, Hinds and former Manager of Auby’s Wine Bar, Mark Thomas alias ‘Kerzorkee’, were jointly charged with the capital offence following the fatal January 5 drive-by shooting of cattle farmer Bacchus, outside his Princes Street home, also in Georgetown.

But Thomas, who never appeared in Court, died under mysterious circumstances at Georgetown Public Hospital on February 1, leaving the other two to face the allegation.

Since Bacchus was murdered, his brother George Bacchus linked it to an alleged death squad that has sparked ongoing controversy.