Sister-in-law testifies at start of George Bacchus murder PI
-move for crime scene visit denied
August 11, 2004
The preliminary inquiry (PI) into the murder of self-confessed death squad informant George Bacchus began yesterday before Magistrate Bertlyn Reynolds.
Jean Bacchus, the sister-in-law of the deceased was the only witness to give evidence. She is the widow of cattle farmer, Shaffie (Shafeek) Bacchus.
Attorney-at-law Glenn Hanoman and Vic Puran took turns in cross-examining the witness.
The magistrate denied a petition by the lawyers for the court to visit the location in which the crime was committed.
Hanoman told the court that visiting the place in question would facilitate the preparation of a defence while Puran said that he would like a fair understanding of the layout of the scene.
Magistrate Reynolds declined the application stating that she does not see the necessity in visiting the locus.
Meanwhile, Puran lodged complaints about the police preventing his client Debra Douglas from receiving food from her relatives.
Fabian 'Fabie' Jessop, funeral parlour co-owner Douglas, and Delon Reynolds, who is also known as 'Fat Boy', were all charged jointly with the murder of Bacchus.
Bacchus was shot dead in his Princes Street home on the morning of June 22 while he slept. His murder came about six months after the killing of his brother Shaffie Bacchus.
On July 22, Douglas' husband, Ashton King was freed of the charge of murdering Shaffie Bacchus. George Bacchus was expected to testify in the preliminary inquiry into his brother's death but never got the chance.
Representing Douglas and Jessop is attorney Puran while attorney Hanoman is appearing for Reynolds.
Appearing in the capacity of prosecutor is Assistant Superintendent Richard Lowe.