Chief Magistrate ill...
Bacchus murder case PI adjourned
Guyana Chronicle
June 24, 2004

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PRINCIPAL Magistrate Cecil Sullivan, reporting that Chief Magistrate Juliet Holder-Allen was unwell, yesterday adjourned the preliminary inquiry (PI) into the murder charge against the men accused of killing cattle farmer Shafeek Bacchus.

Mr Sullivan set the next day for the pre-trial hearing as Wednesday, June 30 and further remanded Shawn Hinds and Ashton King, who are charged with the capital offence, to prison.

Recent reports in other sections of the Press said Mrs. Holder-Allen was moving to excuse herself from the case following the disclosure by the so-called death squad informant George Bacchus, brother of the victim, that she is among persons listed to be killed.

The PI started last May 4 and, so far, seven witnesses have testified.

The deceased was gunned down in a drive-by shooting outside his Princes Street, Georgetown home and, since then, his sibling claimed to have been the intended target because he fell out with members of the death squad he linked to Home Affairs Minister Ronald Gajraj.