SHAQUILLE Grant called ‘Soldier Man’ was, on Monday freed of the murder charge of Sophia bread vendor, Andre Melroy Alexander, who was killed in 2017, during a robbery.
On Monday, Justice Navindra Singh, at the Demerara High Court, upheld a no-case submission made by Grant’s attorney, Nigel Hughes.
Justice Singh asked the 12-member jury to return a formal not-guilty verdict for Grant and he informed him (Grant) that he was free to go.
Meanwhile, Grant’s co-accused, Neville Forde, is expected to know his fate today when Justice Singh will sum up the evidence and the jury will deliberate on a verdict.
Forde is represented by attorney-at-law, Adrian Thompson, and the State was represented by prosecutors Tuanna Hardy, Sarah Martin and Teriq Mohamed.
The men were charged jointly for the indictment which read that on May 5, 2017, in the County of Demerara, they murdered Andre Melroy Alexander in the course or furtherance of a robbery.
Reports are that, on the said date, Alexander was at his bread stand at Dennis Street, Sophia, when the two men rode up on a motorcycle. The pillion rider requested three loaves of bread and paid with a $5000 note.
While Alexander was in the process of making the change, the same pillion rider whipped out a gun and demanded cash.
When the man put up a fight, the robber discharged two rounds, one of which struck him (Alexander) in the stomach. The duo relieved Alexander of his cash and also escaped with the three loaves of bread. Alexander died the very night during surgery at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation.