Judge admits challenged statement in murder case

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At Berbice Assizes…
JUSTICE Diana Insanally has ruled that the statement attributed to Dhanesh Raymond, the murder accused at the Berbice Assizes, was given freely and voluntarily.

Consequently, the judge admitted it into evidence at his continuing trial.

In her ruling, Justice Insanally held that no breaches of the Judges’ Rules were committed.

It was the result of a voir dire (trial within a trial), started last week after Defence Counsel Kim Kyte-John, challenged the admissibility of the attestation prior to the commencement of the case for the Prosecution.

Following the determination of that issue, State Prosecutor Ganesh Hira is expected to begin calling witnesses on Monday.

Raymond is indicted for the unlawful killing of Cliff Alexander Chinamotoo, at Number 35 Village, Corentyne, on June 5, 2005.