An 18-year-old was today charged with the murder of his friend.
Nelson Cambridge, called ‘Spanish’, of West Coast Berbice, appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.
The unrepresented man was not required to plead to the indictable charge which stated that between November 29, 2019, and November 30, 2019, at George Creek, in the Essequibo Magisterial District, he murdered Romel Roberts.
Facts presented by police prosecutor Neville Jeffers stated that on the day in question, Cambridge and Roberts were washing down gold when they found 4.5 pennyweights of raw gold and divided it among themselves.
The court heard the men later went to a nearby shop and were consuming alcohol.
It was reported that while at the shop, Roberts accused Cambridge of thieving the gold.
The men then got into a heated argument and Cambridge pulled out a knife from his waist and stabbed Roberts in his abdomen.
The injured man was then picked up in an unconscious state and rushed to the McKenzie Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
The matter was reported and Cambridge was arrested.
The Chief Magistrate, after listening to the facts, remanded Cambridge to prison and adjourned the matter until December 11, 2019.