Three more testify in Shafeek Bacchus murder case
Guyana Chronicle
July 10, 2004

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THREE more witnesses testified yesterday at the continuation of the second preliminary inquiry (PI) into the murder charge against the men accused of killing Shafeek Bacchus.

Detective Constable Hurbert Henry, Detective Corporal Cedric Gravesande and Sergeant Eon Jackson completed their evidence-in-chief and were cross-examined by attorney-at-law Mr Compton Richardson, who is appearing for ex-policeman Shawn Hinds.

Other Defence Counsel Vic Puran, for co-accused Ashton King of A&D Funeral Parlour, declined cross-examination of the deponents.

Henry and Gravesande are attached to the Criminal Investigations Department at East La Penitence Police Station while Jackson is stationed at CID Headquarters, Eve Leary, in the Ballistics Section where firearms and ammunition are tested.

Hinds and King are alleged to have killed the victim last January 5.

The pre-trial proceedings will continue before Magistrate Adrian Thompson on July 15.

The first PI ended abruptly when Chief Magistrate Juliet Holder-Allen recused herself from it following the claim by now dead self-confessed so-called death squad informant, George Bacchus, brother of Shafeek Bacchus that she was on the hit list of the alleged phantom gang.

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 after being shot in a drive-by shooting.

Following the death of George Bacchus, on June 24, the reputed wife of King, Debra Douglas, Delon ‘Fat Boy’ Reynolds and Fabian ‘Fabie’ Jessup were all charged for that capital offence and are in jail awaiting the start of that PI.