By Leroy Smith
The police in ‘A’ Division just after 16:00 hrs this afternoon (Friday, April 14, 2017), rearrested Regan Rodrigues called ‘Grey Boy’ for the murder of Courtney Crum E-Wing.
Rodrigues was charged with the murder of Courtney Crum-Ewing after the gun used to commit the murder was found at his home. However, on September 14, 2016, the charge was dismissed following a no-case submission which was filed by his lawyer, Adrian Thompson. Magistrate Latchman who presided over the case noted that while she was satisfied that the gun was found at the home of the accused, the evidence provided by the prosecution did not implicate Rodrigues in the actual murder.
On Friday, March 17, 2017, the Director of Public Prosecution ordered that the investigation be re-opened. A statement from the DPP Office at the time noted that the sole purpose of this remit is to take further evidence from police witnesses and to rule on the voluntariness of all oral statements of the accused.
Today (Friday, April 14, 2017), Grey Boy was picked up from the home of a relative in Middle Road, La Penitence, Georgetown. The police received information that the man was at the location and they quickly mobilised resources and move to the area where they made the incident free arrest.
Courtney Crum-Ewing was shot dead in 2015 after he was attacked from behind by men in a car, as he walked along a street in Diamond on the East Bank of Demerara.
At the time, the man was using a bullhorn, calling on persons to come out and vote at the General and Regional Elections which was held that May.
Prior to his death, Crum Ewing staged several one-man picketing exercises in front of the office of then Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Anil Nandlall, calling for his resignation following a leaked telephone conversation between Nandlall and senior journalist from a local Daily. In the conversation, Nandlall was heard suggesting that if the News paper and its publisher continued to publish certain stories and target certain people, someone may be forced to carry out an attack at its office.