‘Killa’ charged for damaging car, released on $5,000 bail

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Forty-year-old Rondell Bacchus called “Killa”, who was held by police as a suspect in the ongoing investigation into the execution-style killing of Ricardo “Paper Shorts” Fagundes was on Wednesday charged with damage to property.

Bacchus appeared before Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan, at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court and denied that on April 9, at the Brickdam Police Station, Georgetown, he unlawfully and maliciously damaged a windshield on a motor vehicle bearing registration number PYY 9785, valued at $24,561; he was also charged with damaging a triangular glass on the said vehicle, valued at $32,000.

He was represented by attorney-at-law, Damien Da Silva, and was released on $5,000 bail. The case is adjourned to March 21, 2021.

Bacchus surrendered to the police on April 6, 2021, just a few hours after the police issued a wanted bulletin for him.

Last Friday, Bacchus was released from custody after being held for more than 72 hours, as the police probe the murder of Fagundes. He was released on $100,000 station bail along with reporting conditions. The police alleged that while Bacchus was being escorted from the Brickdam, Georgetown lockups, he damaged the police vehicle.

The News Room understands that Bacchus, who was serving a five-year prison sentence after he pleaded guilty to the lesser count of manslaughter, was released early from the penitentiary with only a few more months of his sentence left to serve. He was charged in May 2019 with the July 2008 murder of scrap metal dealer Akbar Alli.

Fagundes, who was a popular gold dealer and biker, was riddled with bullets on March 21, 2021, on Main Street, Georgetown, moments after he exited the Palm Court nightclub.

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