One week after they allegedly murdered two elderly women during the course of a robbery, three Albouystown men were arraigned before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Wednesday, charged jointly for the capital offence of murder.
The alleged mastermind, Christopher Imran Khan, 25, along with Steven Andrews,
26, and Phillips Suffrie, 23, are accused of killing 87-year-old Constance Fraser and 75-year-old Phyllis Caesar between October 2 and 3, during the furtherance of a robbery.
Although they were not required to plead, the trio maintained their innocence and contended in court that their constitutional rights were trampled upon. They claimed that they were not cautioned or made aware of their rights to a lawyer and were beaten by Police to secure confessions.
The lifeless, bound and gagged bodies of the two elderly women were discovered on Tuesday last in their South Road, Georgetown home. A few days later, Andrew and Suffrie were among the four persons arrested after Police received information
about their potential involvement in the homicides.
They reportedly confessed to the murder, but claimed that Khan was the mastermind. The alleged mastermind was subsequently nabbed in Pomeroon River, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), and taken to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Headquarters, where he allegedly made the confession, describing how the master plan unfolded and the gruesome details as to how the women met their demise. According to the alleged confession, the initial plan was to rob the elderly women. The men reportedly confessed that it all started when
Khan went to the women’s house to do some works and upon realising that they lived alone, he conspired with his accomplices and hatched a plan to commit the robbery, just a few days prior to the execution.
Khan and his accomplices climbed into the veranda where they opened one of the windows to gain entry into the house. The men allegedly confessed that Fraser and Caesar slept in separate bedrooms and as such, they entered the first bedroom waking the elderly woman and demanding that she surrender money and other valuables.
The dazed woman sought to raise an alarm and the defendants allegedly responded by stuffing her mouth with pieces of cloth, choking her and killing her almost immediately. The men ensured that the second victim met her end in the same manner before ransacking the house for money and valuables.
The men will make their next court appearance on October 26.
Meanwhile, a sobbing Seeta Khan appeared before the court of Magistrate Fabayo Azore, charged for receiving stolen money from the prime suspect in the double homicide.
The 36-year-old mother of three, who resides in Cooper Street, Albouystown, pleaded not guilty to the charge which detailed that between October 2 and October 3, 2017, she received $60,000 in cash from Christopher Imran Khan knowing same to be feloniously stolen property of Constance Fraser.
Seeta Khan claimed she was taken on a shopping spree by the accused and was never in possession of the monies at no point in time.
She was granted bail in the sum of $25,000 and ordered to return to court on October 25.