Man charged with Essequibo Coast murder

Twenty-year-old Alex Mattias of Pomona Housing Scheme, Essequibo Coast was on Thursday arraigned with the murder of 23-year-old Kevin Moses Betancourt when he appeared at the Suddie Magistrate’s Court.
He was not required to plead to the indictable charge which stated that on December 31, 2018 at Vilvoorden, Essequibo Coast, he murdered Betancourt. The charge was read by Magistrate Ester Sam.
It was reported that on the day in question, the now dead man went to the suspect’s home to enquire for someone, but instead the suspect, who was reportedly intoxicated, requested that he leave the premises.
This led to an argument and ultimately a physical confrontation. It was during the altercation Mattias allegedly whipped out a knife and stabbed the victim to the neck and chest.
Betancourt was picked up and rushed to the Suddie Public Hospital in an unconscious state and was pronounced dead on arrival. The suspect was later arrested and charged.
He is expected to make his next court appearance on January 25, 2019.