Shafeek Bacchus murder case PI continuing July 8
Guyana Chronicle
July 3, 2004

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THE second preliminary inquiry (PI) into the murder charge against the men accused of killing Shafeek Bacchus continued yesterday.

Detective Constable Ewin Thomas, who started his testimony the day before, completed his deposition to Magistrate Adrian Thompson.

Defence Counsel Vic Puran declined to cross-examine the witness who is attached to the Photographic Section of Criminal Investigations Department (CID).

In the dock also was part owner of A&D Funeral Parlour, Ashton King, who is being represented by Puran.

Co-accused Sean Hinds, an ex-policeman has Mr Compton Richardson as his Defence Counsel but the latter was absent.

State Counsel Simone Morris, from the chambers of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), is presenting the case for the Prosecution at the pre-trial proceedings continuing on July 8.

The first PI was halted abruptly when Chief Magistrate Juliet Holder-Allen recused herself from the case following the claim by now dead self-confessed death squad informant George Bacchus that she was on the hit list of so-called phantom killers.

George Bacchus, who went public with allegations implicating Home Affairs Minister Ronald Gajraj, was shot dead in the same Princes Street, Georgetown house outside which his brother, Shafeek, also died in a drive-by shooting last January 5.