Guard committed to stand trial for neighbour’s murder

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Shelton Bowen

A SECURITY guard was on Thursday committed by Magistrate Leron Daly to stand trial at the High Court for the murder of his neighbour.

Shelton Bowen, 41, called “Muslim”, was remanded to prison when he made his first appearance before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on April 27, 2018 at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court. He was not required to plead to the indictable offence which alleged that on April 25, 2017 at Bagotstown, East Bank Demerara (EBD), he murdered 44-year-old Mark Ifill called “Yankee.”

Magistrate Leron Daly, in her ruling, stated that based on the caution statement and the witnesses who had testified in the matter, she found enough evidence for Shelton Bowen to stand trial at the High Court.
According to reports, the two men were neighbours and on the day in question, they had a heated argument over the removal of a GWI water pipe.

The argument soon turned into a physical altercation, during which Bowen reportedly dealt Ifill a blow to the head with an object. Residents quickly intervened and parted the fight.
But he would return minutes later with a knife and stabbed “Yankee” to the left region of his chest. The man collapsed a short distance away; a team of medical personnel from the Georgetown Public Hospital responded and pronounced Ifill dead.