Rondell Bacchus, known as “Killa”, 32, of Lamaha Park, was today charged with damaging a Guyana Police Force vehicle when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.

Bacchus, who is a suspect in the killing of Ricardo Fergundas, was before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan when he pleaded not guilty and was placed on $5,000 bail.

It is alleged that on April 9, at the Brickdam Police Station, Georgetown, he unlawfully and maliciously damaged a windshield on a motor vehicle bearing registration number PYY9785, valued at $24,561.

It is also alleged that on the same date, and at the same location, he damaged a triangular glass on the said vehicle, valued at $32,000.

The Court heard that the security guard, who is a suspect in a murder, was being transported to the police station in the vehicle. It is alleged that on arrival at Brickdam, he became annoyed about being in custody and damaged the two glasses of the vehicle.

According to his attorney, Damien DaSilva, he made efforts to repay the damages but was not allowed. He asked that the court allows him to compensate the GPF. However, the Court Prosecutor indicated to the court that advice would need to be sought from the force before a decision can be passed on behalf of the GPF.

The matter was then adjourned until April 21.

Guyana Standard understands that Bacchus surrendered to police hours after a wanted bulletin was issued for him for questioning in relation to the murder of 42-year-old Ricardo Fagundes, called ‘Paper Shorts.” He was released on $100,000 bail just after his 72-hours in custody had ended.

Fagundes was gunned down in front of Palm Court, Georgetown, on March 21, 2021.

Bacchus was sentenced to 16 years’ imprisonment back in 2019 for the July 2008 murder of scrap metal dealer Akbar Alli. In that matter, Bacchus pleaded guilty to the lesser count of manslaughter. Justice Navindra Singh ordered that the prison authority deduct the time he spent in pre-trial custody from the sentence—which is 11 years. Ultimately, Bacchus was to only spend five years from 2019.


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