Men freed of murder charge after nine years on remand
After spending the last nine years on remand for murder, two men were on Tuesday freed by High Court Judge Justice Sandil Kissoon due to the lack of evidence by the State.
Sherlund Joseph called ‘Rudolph’ and Lowell Hope pleaded not guilty to the charge which alleged that on August 9, 2011, at Monessee Backdam, Port Kaituma, North West District, they murdered 19-year-old Kenny Creame in the course and furtherance of a sexual offence, namely rape.
Their attorney Maxwell McKay made an application for the murder indictment be quashed due to the lack of evidence.
McKay contended that there was no eyewitness, forensic evidence or even circumstantial evidence in the case.
State Prosecutor Tuanna Hardy stated that the Preliminary Inquiry (PI) into the matter concluded in 2017 and the duo was committed to stand trial at the High Court.
During the PI some of the witnesses did not show up to testify.
The victim was reportedly beaten to death with a piece of wood allegedly by the two men.
A post-mortem examination had revealed that Creame died as a result of blunt trauma to the head.