Thirty-year-old Eustace Griffith, who was accused of the July 4, 2016 murder of Dexter Arthur, a vagrant, was on Wednesday acquitted by a jury. Following the close of the prosecution’s case led by State Counsel Tyra Bakker, Griffith’s lawyer Maxwell McKay presented a no-case submission.
Trial Judge Navindra Singh upheld the no-case submission and directed the jury to return a formal verdict of not guilty. Media reports were that Arthur, 34, of Middle Street, Pouderoyen, West Bank Demerara (WBD), was stabbed once to his chest by Griffith, a farmer of Kaneville, East Bank Demerara (EBD).
It was reported that the now dead man reportedly threw a banana skin at Griffith, and an argument ensued which quickly escalated into a fistfight.
Griffith reportedly became annoyed, whipped out a knife from his waist, and dealt Arthur one stab to his chest. The injured man fell to the roadway and died almost immediately.
Griffith then ran into the Brickdam Police Station and surrendered. The incident occurred at Hadfield Street, Georgetown.