Deportee charged with attempted murder


A 30-year-old man who was recently deported from New York after serving a six-month prison sentence for smuggling cocaine, was on Tuesday charged with attempted murder.

Kurt Kendell of Non Pareil, East Coast Demerara, appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court and was not required to plead to the indictable charge.

The court heard that Kendall, while armed with a gun on February 13, 2017, at Mandela Avenue, Georgetown, discharged a loaded firearm at Christopher Marks with intent to murder him.

Police Prosecutor, Inspector Arwin Moore told the court that a second suspect, Samuel Adams was also charged with the same offence in March and a wanted bulletin was issued for Kendell. The accused was arrested on October 6, 2017, upon his arrival at Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Timehri after being deported from the United States. Kendell reportedly left Guyana after the incident occurred.

He was remanded to prison until October 11, 2017, when he will appear before Magistrate Judy Latchman.

According to reports, on February 13, 2017, Marks had accompanied his employer to Citizen’s Bank around 17.00 hrs to make a deposit. The businessman had just deposited the cash when a silver-grey car, with three occupants, stopped outside the bank.

An eyewitness said that the men shot in Marks’ direction and the employee, who had a handgun, returned fire. However, Marks was wounded during the exchange and had to take cover.

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