Shafeek Bacchus' wife testifies at murder PI

Stabroek News
May 13, 2004

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Jean Bacchus, the wife of murdered cattle farmer Shafeek Bacchus, took the stand yesterday and testified when the hearing resumed before Chief Magistrate Juliet Holder-Allen.

The widow turned up in court unprepared to give evidence. Defence counsel Vic Puran later agreed for the woman to be led in evidence by prosecutor Simone Morris and her testimony was taken.

She was later crossed-examined by defence counsel Puran and Compton Richardson.

Detective Deputy Superintendent Alfred Paul who testified last Friday was further cross-examined by Puran. After Paul completed his testimony Morris re-examined him.

Then Detective Corporal Cedric Gravesande who is stationed at the La Penitence Police Station and is in charge of the Criminal Investigation Department took the stand.

Morris examined Gravesande and after she had finished Puran commenced his cross-examination of the detective.

The court heard that the investigations were incomplete and defence counsel was unable to proceed.

Chief Magistrate Juliet Holder-Allen told Puran that it was prudent to stop the examination because new information might come out later. She further stated that all investigations should have been completed before the charges were instituted.

State Counsel Morris asked the magistrate to excuse Gravesande for another day to give further evidence-in-chief.

Ashton King and Shawn Hinds were charged on January 16 along with Mark Thomas with murdering Bacchus on January 5 as he sat outside his Princes Street home.

Thomas called `Kerzorkee' of Auby's Wine Bar died at the Georgetown Public Hospital in February under mysterious circumstances.

The preliminary inquiry (PI) will continue on May 19.