By Odella Patterson
(Guyana Guardian) – A 48 year old man, labeled as a known drug addict by his villagers was arraigned on Friday last at the Vreed-en-Hoop Magistrate’s Court where the charge of murder was read to him by presiding magistrate Chrystal Lambert.
According to the police, the defendant Solomon George of 109 Murphy Street, Good Intent, West Bank Demerara, murdered Arnold Rattan, a father of two, at a wedding house at Long Pond, Sisters Village, which is also located on the West Bank of Demerara.
It was alleged that on the 8 August 2016, the accused had let himself into the wedding house as an uninvited guest and proceeded to behave in a disorderly manner, much to the annoyance of the invitees.
This subsequently prompted one of the guests (the now deceased Rattan) to forcefully remove George from the function.
However, during his efforts to remove George, the accused allegedly used a knife that was concealed on his person and wounded Rattan who later succumbed to his injuries less than an hour later at the West Demerara Regional Hospital.
The accused was then arrested by other guests and handed over to the police.
However, Attorney-at-Law Bernard Da Silva who appeared for the defendant, indicated to the court that his client was severely beaten by his apprehenders and is now suffering from life threatening injuries particularly in the area of his head and abdomen.
He stressed that even though the police had taken his client to a hospital, no proper medical examination was done, and his client was just given some pain killers.
Da Silva then made an application to the court for George, who is also a married father with three children, to be medically examined at a private hospital where a CT scan among other things can be done at the expense of George’s relatives.
But police prosecutor Richard Harris objected to the Attorney’s request and told the court that the defendant was already properly examined by a group of qualified medical professionals at the West Demerara Regional Hospital and had received adequate treatment for a few days before he was discharged.
He implore the court to accept that the defendant was out of danger and does not need to go to a private hospital for any further medical examination.
Magistrate Lambert then agreed with the prosecutor’s facts, and subsequently denied the Attorney’s application while citing that reasonable medical care is available to prisoners within the confines of the Camp Street jail in any case.
The defendant was then remanded to prison until the 30 September, when he is expected to make an appearance at the Wales Magistrate’s Court, to which his matter has been transferred.