Shafeek Bacchus widow among murder case inquiry witnesses
Guyana Chronicle
May 13, 2004

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THE widow, Joan Bacchus was among three witnesses who testified yesterday when the preliminary inquiry into the murder charge against the men accused of killing her husband, Shafeek Bacchus, continued yesterday.

The witness, who also gave her deposition before Chief Magistrate Juliet Holder-Allen, was cross-examined by both Defence Counsel, Mr Compton Richardson and Mr Vic Puran.

In the dock were A&D Funeral Parlour co-owner Ashton King and ex-policeman Shawn Hinds, the surviving accused.

The two were originally jointly charged with Mark Thomas alias ‘Kerzorkee’ but the latter has since died without facing the allegation that he murdered the 45-year-old cattle farmer outside his Princes Street, Georgetown home last January 5.

Detective Deputy Superintendent of Police Alfred Paul concluded his testimony yesterday under further cross-examination by Puran.

The third deponent was Police Detective Corporal Cedric Gravesande, who began his evidence-in-chief but is to continue on May 19.

The case for the Prosecution is being presented by State Counsel Simone Morris, from the Chambers of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

After the victim was shot dead in the drive-by shooting, his brother George Bacchus went public with still swirling allegations linking Home Affairs Minister Ronald Gajraj with a so-called death squad.