Bacchus’s case to be transferred
- following magistrate’s withdrawal
June 24, 2004
The preliminary inquiry into the murder of cattle farmer Shafeek Bacchus was called yesterday at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court. However, the Chief Magistrate, Juliet Holder-Allen, was absent and therefore did not preside over the preliminary inquiry.
The matter was then transferred to the court presided over by Magistrate Cecil Sullivan, who adjourned the case to June 30, when intervening factors in the case can be sorted out.
The Chief Magistrate is responding to allegations that she was among those targeted for execution.
After the allegation, she has declined to continue the preliminary inquiry.
Sean Hinds, Ashton King, along with now dead ex-policeman Mark Thomas are charged for the murder of Bacchus. Attorney-at-Law Vic Puran, who is representing one of the accused, said that at this stage, he would not make any bail application for his clients.
Earlier, he had expressed satisfaction at the pace of the preliminary inquiry. Yesterday, he said that the allegations of the death threat should be investigated.
It is not clear what decision will be taken in the matter which is set for June 30.