Mason charged with murder of taxi driver
A 48-year-old mason appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court charged with the murder of 42-year-old Swift Cab taxi driver Owen Lynch.
Kwayana Fernandes of Cemetery Road, Mocha was not required to plea to the capital offence, which alleged that he stabbed Lynch to death on August 6, 2019, at Cemetery Road, Mocha.
Fernandes did not have legal representation and was remanded to prison until August 27, 2019.
The News Room had earlier reported that Fernandes during questioning, allegedly admitted to Detectives that he stabbed Lynch several times after Lynch attacked him with a “shine object” at Cemetery Road at around 21:45hrs.
The News Room reported that the suspect told Detectives that he walked away from the scene after Lynch collapsed on the road and was later informed that he died.
The suspect reportedly told the Police that he and a friend were drinking at a shop in ‘B’ Field Sophia and later called a taxi from Swift Cab to take him home in Mocha at a fee of $1,500.
The suspect and the taxi driver alone left for Cemetery Road in Mocha Arcadia and according to the suspect, Lynch took the wrong direction to Mocha and so he asked to be taken back to Sophia.
Upon arrival in Sophia, the suspect claimed that his friend convinced him that he should go home with the same driver and so an additional $500 was charged for the extra drive back to Sophia.
The suspect claimed that on their way to Mocha he paid the driver $2,000 as agreed but when they arrived in Mocha, Lynch demanded more money but he refused and exited the car.
As he was walking towards his home, the suspect claimed that Lynch attacked him and he retaliated with a knife which he had in his hands.