Sherwin Roberts was on Tuesday afternoon remanded to prison for the gruesome murder of his 18-month-old niece, when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts and had the indictable offence read to him.
The confessed ‘baby killer’ appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan and was not allowed to plea at his arraignment.
The indictable charge against him alleged that on September 1, 2017 at Sophia,
Georgetown, he murdered Ronasha Pilgrim, his toddler niece.
The accused teenager of Lot 8 B Field Sophia, Greater Georgetown, who is currently unemployed, was remanded to prison until September 25, when he will make his next court appearance. He was ordered to be supervised by a probation officer.
On the day of the toddler’s murder, it was reported that Roberts broke into his brother’s Lot 98 North Sophia, Greater Georgetown home, and tore a pair of earrings from the baby’s ears.
The child started to cry and in order to silence her, the teenager threw the toddler through the window into the swamped yard.
He then ran outside, dug a hole and then placed her inside the hole. He then covered the hole by placing planks of wood on top.
The incident occurred sometime around 03:30h, when the toddler and her two brothers, aged 10 and 12, were alone at home.
Father of the toddler, Ron Pilgrim, a security guard who was on duty at the time, related to Guyana Times that he received a call from a female friend informing him of what had transpired and as such, he rushed home.
Upon his arrival at the scene, he recalled seeing the Police in the yard searching for his baby daughter’s body. The distraught father related “When the Police came,
they say, ‘let we do an entire yard search,’ which we did.
The Police ask me to see if I (could locate) any wood. I saw two big pieces of plank, I moved them, I pushed my hands down as the mud was swamped, when I push my hands down I feel my daughter and then I saw her,” Pilgrim revealed in disbelief.
When questioned of his brother’s sanity, Pilgrim denied that he was mentally challenged but revealed that he was recently released from prison where he was convicted on a simple larceny charge. He added, however, that the teenager is a marijuana user.
The man told this publication “To be honest, he don’t come by me, so I am surprised as to why he come here. What he came here for? What was his intention? So I have no idea what to say but he wasn’t mad, up to the other day I saw him and he hailed me up”.
Roberts was captured later that day by Police at his Sophia home and has since confessed to the crime. (Kizzy Coleman)