One week after brutally killing his ex-lover, 54-year-old Sherlock James was on Friday arraigned for murder when he appeared at the Mahaica Magistrate’s Court.
James made his first appearance before Magistrate Marissa Mittelholzer after being discharged from the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation on Thursday, where he was being treated for a self-inflicted neck injury.
The accused was not required to plead to the indictable charge which stated that on August 21, 2019, at Lot 68 Nabacalis Side Line Dam, East Coast Demerara, he murdered Vinnette Headley-James.
An unrepresented James was remanded to prison by Magistrate Mittelholzer and the matter was adjourned until October 9, 2019, when it is expected that James will make his appearance at the Cove and John Magistrate’s Court.
This publication previously reported that a few days before the victim, Vinnette Headley-James, met her demise, she was stabbed by her husband, Sherlock James, during a heated argument over an accusation of an extramarital affair.
However, he returned to the woman’s home a few days later and was greeted by his clothes and other belongings being dumped in the yard.
He reportedly demanded that the woman stop throwing out his personal belongings but she refused to comply.
This reportedly angered the man, who armed himself with a knife and stabbed the mother of three to her neck.
Headley-James was rushed to the CC Nicholson Hospital where she died whilst receiving treatment. The police later found James lying with a wound to his neck a short distance away from where the crime was committed.
He was escorted to the GPHC where he received treatment under guard and was discharged to make court appearance on Friday.
Police reports have indicated that James worked in the interior and would spend long periods away from home.
The couple have eight children together but only three were living with them at their Nabacalis Side Line Dam, East Coast Demerara (ECD) home.