Jury empanelled for duo accused of triple murder
A jury was empanelled Tuesday before High Court Judge Justice Brassington Reynolds to hear the case of 74-year-old Ganga Krishna and 26-year-old Avishkar Bissoon, who are accused of torching a Robb Street, Georgetown property in 2014, which took the lives of three persons.
Krishna also known as ‘Buddie’ and ‘Scientist’ formerly of North Road, Bourda, Georgetown and Bissoon, who resided at Sheriff Street, Campbellville, are jointly charged with three counts of murder.
They are represented by Attorneys-at-law Dexter Todd and Mursalin Bacchus while Prosecutors Seeta Bishundial and Lisa Cave are appearing on behalf of the State.
It is alleged that on November 17, 2014, at Lot 65 King and Robb Street, the men murdered 14-year-old Clarissa Rozario, and her 11-year-old sister, Tressa Rozario.
The duo is also charged with the murder of 63-year-old Hilrod Attlee Thomas, who died on December 21, 2014. Thomas had managed to jump through a window to escape the fire and sustained second and third-degree burns but later died from his injuries at the Georgetown Public Hospital.
Investigations in this matter took the Police two years after a drug addict reportedly confessed that he was offered money to set fire to the disputed building.
Police believe that the building was torched to drive out individuals who were also claiming ownership of the property by prescriptive rights.
Krishna is allegedly the mastermind behind the crimes.
A total of 19 witnesses are expected to be called during the trial which will commence on Wednesday.