The owner of Rockies International Hotel and his friend were moments ago committed to stand trial in the High Court for conspiring to kill a businessman.

Mark Grimmond, 57, a hotelier of 320 Grove, Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara, and Chatterpaul Singh, 36, a miner of Lot 1, First Street, Cummings Lodge, East Coast Demerara, were on trial before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.

They were not required to plead to the indictable charge which stated that between April 1, 2018, and June 7, 2019, at Georgetown, they conspired with each other and persons unknown to kill Dwayne Grant.

This morning when the matter was called, the Magistrate ruled that after going through the entirety of the evidence, she found sufficient evidence against the defendants.

Hence, she told them they will have to face a judge and jury at the next practicable sitting of the Demerara Assizes. Both men are out on $500,000 bail each, pending the hearing and determination of the trial.

One condition of bail is that they are prohibited from going within 50 feet of the virtual complainant.

According to information, a few months ago, the victim, who is a businessman in Lethem, reported to the police that he received information that the defendants were plotting to kill him.

An investigation was carried out and the police went to a hotel where they made contact with Singh. He was then arrested and a firearm was found in his possession.

When questioned, Singh detailed a conversation with the ranks and admitted that he and Grimmond were planning to kill Grant.
Grimmond was subsequently arrested and taken into custody.

The prosecutor told the court that officers were able to receive telephone recordings between the defendants and, following advice from the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), they were charged with the offence.


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