Two teenagers were on Tuesday remanded to prison for the murder of Dr Collin Roach, who was brutally killed in his Duke Street, Georgetown office.
Those charged are 19-year-old Hilton Oliver Junior Franklin and 18-year-old Lenrick Mosai Byass.
The teenagers appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts and were not required to plead to the indictable charge which stated that on November 2, they murdered Roach during the furtherance of a robbery.
The charge was laid under Section 100 (1) (c) (i) of the Criminal Law (Offences) Act Chapter 8:01. The duo was remanded and the case will continue on November 30.
Byass is an unemployed 18-year-old male of Good Intent Village, West Bank Demerara (WBD), while Franklin is a 19-year-old taxi driver of Best Village, West Coast Demerara (WCD).
The men were charged just after the file of evidence compiled by the Guyana Police Force (GPF) as part of the investigation into the doctor’s murder, was submitted to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
Initially, two of the doctor’s employees were arrested and questioned in relation to the murder but were subsequently released since the Police did not find any evidence linking them to the doctor’s death.
This was followed by Police making a breakthrough in the murder after the 19-year-old prime suspect was arrested while attempting to flee to Suriname and confessed to the crime.
It was reported that the suspect is a friend of the medical practitioner, who was found in a pool of blood a week ago in his Duke Street, Kingston, Georgetown office.
Following his arrest, the suspect confessed to inflicting the fatal wound on the doctor but also implicated 18-year-old Byass, whom he claimed assisted him.
Law enforcement officers also recovered two gold rings, a sum of cash, and a cell phone that belonged to Dr Roach which was reportedly stolen from him on the night he was murdered.
The doctor’s Audi SUV was discovered abandoned at Schoonord, WBD, with the number plate and key missing.
A post-mortem examination conducted on Dr Roach’s body revealed that he died from multiple blunt traumas to the head. (G9)