Marcus Bisram case: Magistrate, lawyers to visit murder scene
Senior Magistrate Alex Moore, who is presiding over the murder case against Marcus Bisram, says a visit to the site of the murder will be conducted on December 9.
The Magistrate will be accompanied to the site at Number 70 Village Public Road Corentyne Coast by the defence lawyers and the Prosecution.
Bisram, who was recently extradited from the United States, is accused of orchestrating the brutal murder of 26-year-old carpenter Faiyaz Narinedatt between October 31 and November 1, 2016.
When the case was called Monday for report at the Whim Magistrate’s Court, the defence and Prosecution were involved in a two-hour legal argument on whether they should proceed via Preliminary Inquiry (PI) or Paper Committal.
While Prosecutor Stacy Goodings argued for a PI, Magistrate Moore decided to proceed via Paper Committal – which means that all statements/testimonies of the case will have to be submitted to the Magistrate for him to decide whether there is enough evidence for Bisram to face a High Court trial.
Goodings in her submission argued that justice will be better served if a PI is held since it allows for witnesses and evidence to be presented thereby forming a stronger case.
But the defence, led by Sanjeev Datadin, argued for a Paper Committal on the grounds that it will give his client a fair trial in a reasonable time against a lengthy PI that will infringe on his client’s time in custody.
On December 9, the Prosecution is also expected to present a full disclosure of evidence against Bisram to the court.
Bisram made his first appearance at the Whim Court on November 21 hours after he was extradited to face the charge which alleged that between October 31 and November 1, 2016, he coerced, procured and demanded Nyron Yacoob, Deodat Datt, Orlando Dickie, Haripaul Parasram and Radesh Motie to murder the carpenter.
Narinedatt was found dead on the Number 70 Village Public Road on the Corentyne Coast.
Police at first treated the case as a road fatality but Georgetown Police was sent to the Corentyne and took on the case as a homicide.
The Police’s claim is that at the party on the night of October 31, Bisram made sexual advances against Narinedatt, including touching his penis, and when Narinedatt refused, by slapping him, he told others to kill the carpenter.
He leaves to mourn two minor children and a young wife.