26-year-old Eustace Griffith, a vagrant, is presently on trial for the July 4, 2016 murder of Stabroek Market handyman Steven Dexter Arthur, 48.
Griffith was arraigned this morning before Justice Navindra Singh in the High Court of Demerara. The trial is expected to commence next week Tuesday.
Following the indictment by State Counsel Tuanna Hardy and Tyra Bakker, Griffith pleaded not guilty to the charge. The murder accused is being represented by Attorney-at-Law Maxwell McKay.
Reports are that on the day in question, at about 07:00 hrs, both men were engaged at the Stabroek Market Square,in a heated argument which soon turned into a scuffle.
During the scuffle, it was reported that Griffith pulled out a knife and stabbed Arthur to his chest, causing him to die on the spot. The altercation reportedly started after Arthur had allegedly thrown a plantain skin on Griffith.
After committing the act, Griffith allegedly attempted to escape but was pursued by eyewitnesses and led straight to the Brickdam Police Station, where he was turned over to the police.