High Court trial for Taxi Driver accused of murdering Kescia Branche

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Forty – eight– year – old Matthew Munroe was on Tuesday committed to stand trial at the High Court for the murder Kescia Branche, a 22-year-old Secondary School Teacher.

Branche, a teacher of the Richard Ishmael Secondary School, died at the Georgetown Public Hospital on November 7, 2017. Branche was found unconscious at the corner of Louisa Row and Princes Street, Georgetown on November 5, 2017.

Munroe, a taxi driver of 19th Street, Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara (EBD) was committed by Magistrate Judy Latchman, who presided over the Preliminary Inquiry.

The defendant was represented by Attorney-at-law Nigel Hughes and Jed Vasconcellos with evidence led by Police Prosecutor, Shellon Daniels and Corporal Shawn Gonsalves.

Magistrate Latchman on Tuesday ruled that there was sufficient evidence against Munroe for him to stand trial at the High Court.

Kescia Branche

Police had impounded Munroe’s car at the Brickdam Police Station. Munroe was reportedly the same person who Branche last had telephone contact with.

News Room had reported that the man fled the country the morning after Branche was found unconscious.

A Post-Mortem examination performed on the remains of the Teacher found that she died as a result of blunt trauma to the head and haemorrhage. The injuries were consistent with her either jumping or being pushed from a moving vehicle.

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