One week after 18-year-old David Toney was killed during an argument with another young man over non-payment for the transport of cabbage, the suspect was this morning charged with murder.

Twenty-two-year-old Rickland Bovell of Swan Village, Linden/Sosedyke Highway, appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts and was not required to plead to the indictable offence which stated that on April 19, 2019 at Timehri Docks, East Bank Demerara, he murdered David Toney.

Facts presented by Police Prosecutor Neville Jeffers stated that, on the day in question at about 03:30 hrs, Bovell, a vendor, was engaged in an argument with Toney and his parents over payments for the transport of cabbages.

It was reported that the now dead teen’s parents would usually hire young men in the neighbourhood to load their cabbages in a canter truck to transport the vegetables to Georgetown.

However, on the day in question, Bovell and two others turned up at the victim’s home and there was an argument over payment between Toney’s father and two of his workers.

Shorty after, a fight started between Toney’s father and the men when Toney intervened. Bovell allegedly pulled out a knife from the waist of his pants and stabbed the teenager to the abdomen.

The teen fell to the ground in an unconscious state and was picked up and rushed to Diamond Diagnostic Center where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

The magistrate, after listening to the facts, remanded Bovell to prison. The matter was adjourned until May 15, 2019.


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