Court frees third man charged for murdering South Road grannies
Murder accused Phillip Suffrein was on Thursday freed for the 2017 murders of Constance Fraser, 89, and Phylis Caesar, 77, after the state prosecutors failed to establish that he was connected to the killing.
Suffrein, 28, formerly of Albouystown, Georgetown, was freed by Justice Jo-Ann Barlow at the Georgetown High Court after spending the last five years on remand awaiting trial.
He had denied murdering the two elderly women between October 2 and 3, 2017, during the course of a robbery at their South Road and Albert Street house in Georgetown.
During the hearing on Thursday, the state prosecutors offered no evidence against Suffrein.
The Judge then directed the 12-member jury to return a not guilty verdict, citing that the state failed to establish that the accused was connected to the murders.
He was represented by attorney Madan Kissoon.
The News Room had previously reported that three bandits broke into the house and bound and gagged the women on October 2, 2017.
The men ransacked the house for money and valuables during which they also strangled the women to death.
On October 3, 2017, the bodies of Fraser and Caesar were discovered by members of their South Road Full Gospel Assembly church.
Autopsies performed by government pathologist Dr. Nehaul Singh revealed that they both died as a result of asphyxiation due to suffocation and manual strangulation, compounded by trauma to the head.
Suffrein was charged jointly with Imran Khan, who is also known as ‘Christopher Khan’, and Steven Andrews for the crime.
In 2019, Khan and Andrews confessed to the crimes before a High Court Judge and were sentenced to life imprisonment with the possibility of parole after serving 35-years.