Duo remanded for Christmas Eve murder of bodyguard

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Murder accused: Judah Vickery, Murder accused: Darren Baley and Dead: Garfield Newton

Judah Vickery and Darren Baley, were on Monday, charged with the Christmas Eve murder of 36-year-old Garfield Newton, a training officer/bodyguard at Beharry Group of Companies. The two accused were arraigned before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.

Vickery and Baley were not required to plead to a joint charge for the capital offence of murder. Police said that they killed the man during the course/furtherance of a robbery. They were remanded to prison until January 26, 2022.

Newton, 44, of Mandela Avenue, Georgetown was shot dead on Christmas Eve night during a robbery at Campbell Street, Albouystown, Georgetown. He was relieved of a silver hand band, a gold chain and two gold finger rings, a Glock 9MM pistol and two magazines of 15 rounds each, and a cellphone. 

Investigations revealed that on the date and time mentioned, Newton went to a goldsmith at Campbell Street, Albouystown, where he collected a silver hand band, a gold chain, and two gold finger rings. 

He had taken the items to the goldsmith to have them cleaned. He then left walking along Campbell Street heading in a northern direction to motor van GPP 7505 which is owned by the company he is employed with. 

The vehicle was parked along Sussex Street, Albouystown, Georgetown. About five minutes later, the goldsmith was informed by a teenager that the person who collected the jewellery was shot and lying on the street. 

As a result, the goldsmith went out and saw Newton lying motionless on his abdomen. Newton was examined by Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) who pronounced him dead at the scene. There was a gunshot wound on his left side chest.

The firearm and ammunition – property of Beharry Group of Companies – jewellery and cellphone mentioned were not found on his person or in the vehicle. 

Another person, 18-year-old Kevin ‘Lil Boy’ Carter is wanted for questioning in connection with the murder. Carter’s last known address is West Ruimveldt, Squatting Area, Georgetown.

Anyone with information that may lead to the arrest of Carter is asked to contact the police on telephone numbers 226-7065, 227-1270, 226-7476, 226-7065, 227-9271, 227-1611, 227-1149, 227-1270, 225-6940-9, 225-3650, 226-1928, 911 or the nearest Police station.

Wanted: Kevin ‘Lil Boy’ Carter

 

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