Sawmill supervisor’s murder…Prosecution closes case in PI

State witnesses have finished giving evidence at the Preliminary Inquiry (PI) of the man accused of killing a 22-year-old sawmill supervisor, whose body was found at Land of Canaan, East Bank Demerara, over a year ago.

Murder Accused: Raymond Tyson

Raymond Shawn Tyson, 28, is accused of murdering Kemraj Singh at Land of Canaan, East Bank Demerara between May 27 and May 28, last year.
Singh’s body was reportedly found lying on a bed in a shack at his employer’s sawmill. His throat had a gaping wound and he had been struck repeatedly to the head.
The Prosecution had related at the first arraignment that Singh’s death had stemmed from previous grudges, and that Singh’s employer had discovered that the victim’s BlackBerry cellular phone had been stolen.
The phone’s internet service was activated and contact was made with a male. However, it was later discovered that the accused was in possession of the said cellular phone, as his ex-reputed wife saw him with the said phone on May 28, 2013.
Tyson had allegedly pawned the BlackBerry to the woman’s sister, who reportedly gave the instrument to her husband. The cellular phone was subsequently retrieved and the accused was arrested, but when questioned, Tyson refused to divulge how he came to be in possession of the phone.
When confronted by investigators he had denied killing Singh.
It was after the file was sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions for advice that the murder charge was instituted against Tyson.
The last witness to appear in court yesterday as the Preliminary Inquiry (PI) continued was Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Communications Officer Liz Rahaman, who stated that she had sent out radio messages at the Police Prosecutor Inspector Michael Grant’s behest for absent witnesses.
A total of 22 witnesses were slated to give evidence during the (PI) before Magistrate Judy Latchman at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court.
Photos and other pieces of evidence have already been tendered as evidence.
Following Rahaman’s testimony yesterday, the Prosecution moved to close its case, having made several attempts to contact witnesses prior to the hearing yesterday.
Attorney-at-Law Kendaise Rodney, who represented the accused, is set to make submissions on July 4.