AFTER almost six years on the run, Muammar Jabbar, accused of stabbing a man to death at James Street, Albouystown, was, on Monday, finally arraigned at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court for the capital offence.
Jabbar, also called Christopher Haynes, 31, of Number 41 Village, Berbice, appeared before Acting Chief Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus and was not required to plead to the indictable charge.
Particulars of the charge alleged that Jabbar, on August 20, 2013, at James Street, Albouystown, while being armed with a knife, murdered Tolasicy Marshall called ‘Tala.’ The unrepresented Jabbar explained that he is currently before a court in Berbice for armed robbery and has been on remand for the last few months.
Inspector of Police, Prosecutor Shellon Daniels, told the court that Jabbar has been evading the police by using the alias of ‘Christopher Haynes.’
The Acting Chief Magistrate remanded Jabbar to prison until June 24, 2019. It is alleged that Marshall, of Hogg Street, Albouystown, had paid Jabbar a large sum of cash for him to make a gold chain. However, Jabbar did not fulfil the agreement.
The Guyana Chronicle was told back then that Marshall had gone to Jabbar, formerly of James Street, Albouystown, and collected a gold chain, but it weighed less than what he had paid for.
It is alleged that the man confronted Jabbar about the money owed, but this caused a dispute between them.
On August 20, 2013, Jabbar, who was armed with a knife, confronted Marshall and stabbed him twice to his chest. Jabbar then made good his escape, while Marshall was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he died while receiving treatment.
According to reports, Jabbar was arrested by police in March 2019, under the name of Christopher Haynes, for the armed robbery committed on a 60-year-old cattle and rice farmer and his wife at the couple’s home in Corentyne, Berbice.
He was reportedly nabbed in an abandoned house at Number 72 Village, Corentyne and placed before the Albion Magistrate’s Court, Berbice and remanded. It was while on remand that the true identity of the person known as Christopher Haynes began to unravel and the prison authorities discovered that he was Muammar Jabbar, who was wanted for murder. Police from the Major Crimes Unit was alerted and the wanted man was then questioned. He then reportedly confessed to the murder.