More depositions completed in Shafeek Bacchus murder case
Guyana Chronicle
July 9, 2004

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TWO more witnesses completed their depositions yesterday at the preliminary inquiry (PI) into the charge against the men accused of the Shafeek Bacchus murder.

Detective Inspector Lloyd Fraser and Detective Constable Ewin Trotman both concluded their evidence-in-chief and were cross-examined by attorney-at-law Mr Compton Richardson, who is representing ex-policeman Shawn Hinds.

Fraser is attached to the Criminal Investigations Department at Alberttown Station while Trotman is with the Photographic Section of CID Headquarters, Eve Leary, also in Georgetown.

Other Defence Counsel Vic Puran, for co-accused Ashton King, part owner of A&D Funeral Parlour, declined to cross-examine the cops.

Hinds and King are accused of murdering cattle farmer Bacchus who was killed in a drive-by shooting outside his Princes Street home, in the city, last January 5.

The pre-trial hearing will continue today before presiding Magistrate Adrian Thompson.

This is the second PI into the charge against the remanded prisoners, following the first that ended abruptly when Chief Magistrate Juliet Holder-Allen recused herself from it after the now dead self-confessed so-called death squad informant George Bacchus, brother of Shafeek Bacchus, claimed she was on the hit list of the alleged phantom gang.

George Bacchus, before being shot dead at the same Princes Street house last month, had gone public with allegations implicating Home Affairs Minister Ronald Gajraj with the operations of those responsible for some extra-judicial killings.

After the execution style killing of George Bacchus on June 24, King's reputed wife, Debra Douglas, Delon 'Fat Boy' Reynolds and Fabian 'Fabie' Jessop, who is still at large, have been charged for it.

Douglas and Reynolds have previously appeared in Court and are also on remand in jail awaiting the start of that PI.