Shafeek Bacchus murder case...
Hinds further remanded as sick prosecutor stalls PI
Guyana Chronicle
July 24, 2004

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THE remaining accused in the Shafeek Bacchus murder case, Shawn Hinds was further remanded to prison yesterday by Magistrate Adrian Thompson.

The prisoner had made another Court appearance at which State Counsel Simone Morris was to reply to submissions by Defence Counsel Compton Richardson.

But other State Counsel Candace Raphael, also from the chambers of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), tendered a medical certificate to attest that Morris is sick and continuation of the second preliminary inquiry (PI) was adjourned to Monday, July 26.

A & D Funeral Parlour part owner Ashton King, who faced a joint charge for the unlawful killing, was freed on Thursday after the magistrate ruled that a prima facie case had not been made out against him, in accord with arguments adduced by other Defence Counsel Vic Puran.

This second PI into the charge, which originally joined King, Hinds and Mark Thomas alias 'Kerzorkee', follows the first that was halted abruptly when Chief Magistrate Juliet Holder-Allen recused herself from it, after the claim by now dead self-confessed informant of the so-called death squad, George Bacchus, brother of Shafeek Bacchus, that she was on the hit list of the alleged phantom gang.

Thomas died under mysterious circumstances at Georgetown Public Hospital before the allegation was put to him in Court.

Shafeek Bacchus was killed in a January 5 drive-by shooting outside the same Princes Street, Lodge, Georgetown house in which George Bacchus was murdered on June 24.

King's reputed wife, Debra Douglas, Delon 'Fat Boy' Reynolds and Fabian Jessdop called 'Fabie', for whom an arrest warrant is out, have been charged for the last month crime and are awaiting the start of the PI into that charge.