The three men accused of killing Bourda market cheese vendor, Troy Ramalho, while the man plied his trade have been committed to stand trial at the High Court in Georgetown.
This ruling was handed down by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan who presided over a Preliminary Inquiry (PI) into the offence at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.
Akeem Morris, 26, a miner, of 40 Sandy Babb Street, Kitty, Georgetown; George Paton, 34, a taxi driver of 177 BB Eccles, East Bank Demerara; and Royce Sandiford, a 33-year-old labourer, were not required to plead to the charge which stated that, on August 15, 2018 at Robb Street, Bourda, Lacytown, they murdered Ramalho during the course of a robbery.
In committing the men for trial before a judge and jury, the Chief Magistrate noted that a prima facie case was made out against them after she considered the evidence presented by Police Prosecutor Neville Jeffers.
The trio will go on trial at the next practicable sitting of the Demerara Assizes.
According to information, Ramalho was sitting on a bench at his business place and had just finished selling a customer when three men walked up to him. He was then shot.
Ramalho was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.