A man who had escaped from the Golden Grove Police Station was today the third person to be committed to stand High Court trial for the murder of Rawle Rodrigues, who was stabbed during a robbery at the Stabroek Market in 2017.

Twenty-seven-year-old Wayne Gilbert of 30 West La Penitence will go on trial at the next practicable sitting of the Demerara Assizes for the murder.

Gilbert was not required to plead to the charge which alleged that on January 20, 2017, at Croal Street, he murdered Rawle Rodrigues during the course of a robbery. He is the third person charged for the murder.

Afibia Yankana, 27, of Hadfield Street and Akeem Haymer were committed last year to stand trial in the High Court for Rodrigues’ murder.

City Magistrate Leron Daly this morning, in handing down her ruling, told the court that after perusing the entirety of the evidence she was satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that Gilbert did commit the offence.

She added that she relied heavily on the evidence of the prosecution’s witnesses who were all deemed credible.

The state case was presented by Police Prosecutor Richard Harris.

According to information, Rodrigues, 43, of Lot 64, Leopold Street, Werk-en-Rust, Georgetown, was in the vicinity of the Dairy bus park, Parfaite Harmonie at around 21:30hrs when he had an altercation with three men.

One of the men later stabbed him in the chest. Reports indicated that the father of three was waiting for a minibus when he was robbed of his iPhone before being stabbed to death.

Rodrigues was subsequently rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Gilbert had escaped from the Golden Grove Police station by smashing out some concrete blocks located near the washroom.



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