A  Hururu Mission, Berbice River resident was moments ago charged with the murder of his wife who died  21 years ago.

Forty-six-year-old Philbert Thomas called “Gilbert” appeared before Senior Magistrate Leron Daly in the Georgetown Magistrate’s Courts.

An unrepresented Thomas was not required to plead to the indictable charge which stated that on September 5,1998 at Cubacalli, Waini, North West District, he murdered Viola Thomas.

Thomas was remanded to prison until September 9  when he will appear before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan for his case to be assigned to another court.

According to information, after fatally stabbing Viola to death, during an event at the Kwabanna village ground in Region One, the suspect changed his name from “Gilbert” to “Philbert” and had been evading the police by relocating on numerous occasions.

It was only after his photograph appeared in the newspaper that persons who were familiar with the case reached out to the police.

A file was sent to the Director of Public Prosecution, Shalimar Ali-Hack, for advice.

Just last week, Thomas appeared in Linden Magistrate’s Courts where he was charged for chopping his ex-partner, Dally Gobin and her male friend, Leymond Smith during an altercation at Gobin’s home in Hururu Mission.

It was while Thomas was in custody over that crime, he confessed to killing his wife 21 years ago.


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