Man to stand trial for murder of brother-in-law


A 23-year-old man was on Monday committed to stand trial at the Demerara High Court for the murder of his brother-in-law, Daniel Boutrin.

Martin Blair, formerly of ‘D’ Field, Sophia, Georgetown, was before Magistrate Rochelle Liverpool, who presided over the preliminary inquiry at the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court.

On Monday, the Magistrate ruled that based on the evidence, a sufficient case was made out against Blair for him to stand trial at the next practical sitting of the Demerara Assizes.

It is alleged that Blair, between March 13, 2021 and March 15, 2021 at ‘D’ Field, Sophia, murdered his brother-in-law, 23-year-old Boutrin.

Boutrin died at the Georgetown Public Hospital on March 15, two days after he was stabbed during an argument with Blair.

According to the police report, Boutrin and his brother-in-law got into an argument over a bicycle Boutrin borrowed last year and subsequently lost.

As the argument escalated, the suspect picked up a knife while Boutrin armed himself with a cutlass.

Police said that Blair’s parents intervened and asked Boutrin to leave. As he was about to enter a taxi, he was confronted by Blair who stabbed him several times.

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