Marcus Bisram case postponed, State Prosecutor a no-show to disclose evidence
A scheduled visit to the murder scene Monday at Number 70 Village where the body of 26-year-old carpenter Faiyaz Narinedatt was discovered in 2016, was postponed after Magistrate Alex Moore reported sick.
Monday was also set for the Prosecution to present a full disclosure of evidence against murder accused Marcus Bisram to his lawyers but the State Prosecutor Stacy Goodings did not show up when the matter was called before Magistrate Peter Hugh at the New Amsterdam Magistrate’s Court.
Magistrate Hugh instructed the Police Prosecutor Rudolph Poliah to make contact with Goodings to find out the status of disclosing the evidence to the defence but when the matter was recalled again at 13:00hrs, Poliah informed the Court that he was unable to make contact with Goodings, who is based at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in Georgetown.
Poliah informed Magistrate Hugh that the DPP initially wanted the court to adjourn the matter until January 7, 2020, but this was met with complete disagreement from Bisram’s lead attorney Sanjeev Datadin.
Speaking with the media following the court hearing, a visibly upset Datadin accused the DPP of purposely delaying the case.
“That’s inexplicable and unacceptable. There is no bail possible in these proceedings as we all know and the State can’t simply adjourn a matter for a month without an explanation or without reason or cause,” Datadin said.
He explained that the Bisram matter made it to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in August this year, where it was decided that the State should hear the case without any delay.
“This matter went to the CCJ and the CCJ specifically ruled…the words are “because of the peculiar circumstances of this case… the prosecution must make every effort to conduct this matter without any delay and in the speediest possible matter.”
Datadin maintains that the DPP has no evidence against his client.
“I don’t know what game the prosecution is playing. Their job should be very simple. They’ve alleged for the last two years, that they have evidence, they have all the statements…what is the reason for the delay? The reason is there is no evidence of anything against Mr Bisram.
“And barring the crucifixions that you see on social media, there is no real evidence against Mr Bisram but the prosecution now wants to keep him in prison while they figure out what they should do. That is unlawful, that is not right and if this continues, we intend to go to a High Court judge and say that bail must be granted because this is untenable.”
The matter is adjourned to December 16 for disclosure of all evidence to defence at the Springlands Magistrate’s Court.
Bisram, who was recently extradited from the United States, is accused of orchestrating the brutal murder of Narinedatt between October 31 and November 1, 2016.
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.