Murder accused refuses State-assigned lawyers

…granted 14 days to secure legal representation

Fifty-two-year-old Gavin Graham, who was charged with the murders of his ex-lover and her father, is yet to face a trial after he continually refused to be represented by State-assigned lawyers.

Murder accused: Gavin Graham

In April of 2019, Graham’s case came up for hearing before Justice Navindra Singh, but further adjournment had to be given on each occasion the case was called since Graham repeatedly failed to secure legal representation and refused to be represented by any State lawyer.
However, when the matter was called again at the commencement of the January Demerara Assizes on Tuesday, Justice Sandil Kissoon granted the accused an extra 14 days to secure an attorney or he will be facing trial even if he doesn’t do so.
The accused is being indicted for the murders of his ex-lover, Tabola Abrams, and her 68-year-old stepfather, Clifford Sampson, who died following injuries sustained in a fire that the accused allegedly set to their home at Lot 636 C Field Sophia, Greater Georgetown.
According to reports, after Abrams ended her relationship with the accused, he set the two-storey building alight which was at the time occupied by the victims and other persons, to get revenge for being rejected.
Sampson perished in the fire and Abrams died while receiving treatment at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC). Graham was arrested moments after he committed the act.