A farmer whom the court heard shot a man to his chest using a bow and arrow was today charged with murder. The killing is said to have stemmed from an affair between the victim and the farmer’s wife.
Munroe Lawrence, 50, of Karoudonou Village, South Rupununi, appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.
An unrepresented Lawrence was not required to plead to the charge which stated that between August 5 and August 6 at Karoudonou Village, South Rupununi, he murdered Pius Ernest.
Facts presented by Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield stated that during the period mentioned in the charge, the accused found out his wife and Ernest were involved in an intimate relationship.
The court heard Lawrence followed his wife to Ernest’s home and hid in some bushes with a bow and arrow. Lawrence, upon seeing Ernest, is said to have fired an arrow, striking Ernest in the chest and causing him to receive injuries.
The victim was then rushed to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The matter was reported, an investigation was carried out, and Lawrence while in custody allegedly admitted to the offence in a caution statement.
The Chief Magistrate, after listening to the facts, remanded Lawrence to prison until August 26 when he will appear in the Lethem Magistrate’s Court.