Family of murdered father of two protest court after suspect granted bail


Family members of 25-year-old John Alexander Yhap of Kilcoy Settlement, East Berbice-Corentyne staged a protest outside of the Albion Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday after the suspect was granted bail.

The fisherman was stabbed to death on September 14 during an argument at a Superbet Outlet in Kilcoy.

Dead: 25-year-old John Alexander Yhap

The 21-year-old suspect Arjune Mohabir, also a fisherman of Kilcoy, appeared at the New Amsterdam Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Peter Hugh on Monday charged with manslaughter.

He was granted $250,000 bail and claimed self-defence and the case was transferred to the Albion Magistrate’s Court.

On Tuesday, the case was adjourned to October 28.

Outside of the court, family members of the victim gathered with placards shouting for “justice”.

Yhap’s wife, 22-year-old Mineisha Chandralall said she is now fearful since the suspect has been released and lives only a few houses away from her.

Relatives during the protest outside the Albion Magistrate’s Court [Photo; News Room/September 22, 2020]
She claimed he threatened her life in the past.

“We want justice. He just can’t kill and get off like that…He say that he nah done yet, he seh he done kill am and he get more fuh do,” the wife said.

The suspect had previously stabbed Yhap to the neck the week before he was killed. The News Room understands that the suspect was jealous because a female he is attracted to braided Yhap’s hair. The wife said her husband was a good person and would not hurt anyone.

The suspect, Arjune Mohabir

“We want justice because the murderer get $250,000 bail and we cannot allow that because my brother die and left his wife and two children, who is going to look them?” the victim’s sister, Victoria said on Tuesday.

Police Headquarters had reported that Yhap died while receiving treatment at the New Amsterdam Hospital.

Yhap, a boat Captain, was a father of two children, ages five and two.

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