Businessman slapped with murder, attempted murder charges
Tucville ‘wrong turn’ shooting
The businessman who indiscriminately opened fire on a car that turned onto his bridge leaving a miner dead and his friend hospitalised, was on Monday slapped with murder and attempted murder charges.
Robert Benn of Lot 10 Perry Street, Tucville, Georgetown, appeared before Magistrate Leron Daly at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.
The first charge stated that on August 23, 2016 at Perry Street, he murdered Colin Perreira, 24, called Malcolm of Lot 213 Barr Street, Kitty, Georgetown.
Additionally, he was charged with attempted murder of Gail Ann Chacon, 20, of Port Kaituma, North West District.
He was remanded to prison and will next appear before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on September 16.
Reports are that on the night of the shooting, Chacon who was driving Toyota Allion PRR 4393, attempted to turn around the vehicle using the businessman’s bridge.
However, as she turned onto the bridge, the businessman opened fire, killing Perreira and injuring Chacon.
Perreira was shot multiple times about his body.
The defendant reportedly told Police that he felt threatened and thought that bandits were in the vehicle. The Police instituted the charges after recommendations from the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Chacon is still a patient at the Georgetown Public Hospital and is said to be in a critical state.