Man allegedly promises woman to drop murder charge for $5M

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A 46-year-old man was Friday charged with intent to defraud following allegations that he swindled $5M from a woman under the pretence that he had the means to get a murder charge against her relative dismissed.

Richard Adams, of Section ‘C’ Enterprise, East Coast Demerara (ECD), appeared before Senior Magistrate Leron Daly at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court where he pleaded not guilty.

The charge alleged that between September 20, 2016, and January 20, 2017, at Georgetown with intent to defraud, Adams obtained the money from Nichole Duncan.

Adams, who is said to be a manager attached to a local mining firm, reportedly told the woman he was in a position to have a murder charge against her relative, Robert Benn, dismissed. Benn was charged with the murder of 24-year-old Colin Perreira.

Police Prosecutor Gordon Sanj Singh told the court that there is an ongoing police investigation in relation to a caution statement given by Adams.

Adams alleged that he did not receive $5M cash, but rather, five-million-dollar worth of cocaine from Duncan.

Adams was represented by Attorney-at-Law, Keavon Bess who told the court during a bail application, that Duncan should have been charged instead of his client.

News Room understands that Adams had contacted Perreira’s mother and offered her $5M to drop the murder charge against Benn. However, the woman rejected the offer and reported Adams to the police.

Adams was released on $200,000 bail and the matter was adjourned to July 20, 2018.

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