A taxi driver was this morning committed to stand trial in the High Court for the murder of Kescia Branche whose battered body was found unconscious at Louisa Row, Georgetown, last November.

Forty-seven-year-old Matthew Munroe, of Diamond, East Bank Demerara, is accused of murdering Branche, a teacher, which whom he shared a relationship with.

The killing occurred on November 7,2017, at Louisa Row, Georgetown.

At the conclusion of the Preliminary Inquiry (PI) this morning, Principal Magistrate Judy Latchman ruled that there was sufficient evidence against Munroe for him to stand trial before a judge and jury.

Munroe will go on trial at the next practicable sitting of the Demerara Assizes.

According to reports, Munroe was detained after returning from an overseas vacation.

He reportedly travelled on vacation to the US around the same time that Branche was found unconscious at Louisa Row, Georgetown.

Police impounded his vehicle which had a missing bumper.

Munroe reportedly told police that he had driven into a pothole on the East Coast of Demerara which resulted in the damage.

However, he was unable to show police the location.

Branche’s battered body was found on November 5, 2017.

She succumbed at the Georgetown Public Hospital without regaining consciousness.

It was reported that her injuries appeared to be consistent with those inflicted by the impact of a vehicle.

A post mortem revealed that she succumbed to brain haemorrhage, caused by a blunt trauma to the head.

Munroe was repressed by Attorneys-at-Law Nigel Hughes and Jed Vasconcellous


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