Twenty-five-year-old Cordel Grimes, a labourer of Adventure Village, Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), was on Monday arraigned virtually before Charity Magistrate Esther Sam for the murder of 20-year-old Reeaz Khan of Pomona Village, Essequibo Coast.
He was not required to plead to the indictable charge, which stated that on October 5, 2020, he murdered Khan at Aurora Village, Essequibo Coast. He has been remanded to prison until January 7, 2021, and the matter has been transferred before the Suddie Magistrate.
Khan was reportedly shot on September 29, 2020, but succumbed to his injuries six days later, while receiving medical attention at the Suddie Hospital. Preliminary investigations revealed that, on September 29, Khan and Grimes were shot outside the Gold Hotel and Bar located at Aurora Village on the Essequibo Coast.
It was indicated that Grimes and Khan had gone into the hotel to make a payment, but as they were returning to their car, PRR 1219, which was parked outside the hotel, they heard two gunshots. As a result, the men jumped into the car and drove off. However, two more gunshots were heard, and one struck Khan to his face – between his nose and left eye – while Grimes was shot to the palm of his left hand.
Grimes, who was driving the vehicle, managed to drive to the Suddie Hospital, where both men were seen by a doctor and admitted to the institution. Khan was placed on life support in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
The car was examined by Police, and two bullet holes were seen on the vehicle. A .32 spent shell was also recovered by the front passenger seat.
Grimes was taken into custody, but was subsequently released. After the Police had investigated the incident, Grimes was rearrested and the murder charge was instituted against him.