Police Prosecutor Vishnu Hunte is expected to call three remaining witnesses to testify in the matter against a City Constabulary Lance Corporal, who allegedly shot and killed a mentally ill prisoner last year.

Fifty-year-old Gregory Bascom of Lot 340 West Ruimveldt, Housing Scheme, Georgetown was not required to the plead to the indictable charge which alleged that on January 14, 2018, at Regent Road Bourda, Georgetown, he unlawfully killed Marlon Fredericks.

This morning when the matter was called in the courtroom of Senior Magistrate Leron Daly two witnesses testified.

On completion of the evidence, the Magistrate adjourned the matter until September, 16 when the Prosecutor is excepted to call three remaining witnesses. 

According to information, Marlon Fredericks, 34, who was unarmed, was shot by Bascom, on January 14, 2018, as he escaped from detention at the Bourda Market Outpost.

Fredericks, who was described as mentally ill, was shot in his mother’s presence, as he ran out of the Outpost, where he was being detained on allegations of simple larceny, assault, and for assaulting a peace officer.

It was reported that Fredericks had forced his way out of the lockup when ranks opened a door to allow another prisoner to use the toilet.

Bascom tried to restrain Fredericks but he allegedly wrestled free from him and others. Bascom then shot Fredericks in his lower back with a service pistol.

A post mortem conducted confirmed that Fredericks was shot in the back. It also revealed that the bullet pierced the lungs and exited the left side of the victim’s neck.

Bascom, who has been interdicted from the City Constabulary, is being represented by Attorney-at-law Roger Yearwood. He is currently out on $800,000 bail citing the hearing and determination of the Preliminary Inquiry (PI)


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