Rupununi farmer charged with murder of wife
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Peter Juan
Peter Juan

THIRTY-two-year-old Peter Juan, a farmer from Rupununi, was on Monday remanded to prison by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan for allegedly killing his wife.Juan was not required to plead to the indictable charge, which stated that on February 18, 2017 at Central Rupununi, Essequibo, he murdered Justina Leonard of Shulinab Village.

The court was told by the prosecution that the case file is still incomplete. The murder accused will return to court on March 7, 2017 at the Lethem Magistrate’s Court.

According to reports, Leonard’s lifeless body was discovered on a roadway on February 18, 2017. It was reported that the couple was imbibing at a shop and later left for home on Juan’s bicycle. Reports indicate that the couple got into an argument whereby Juan became annoyed and dealt the woman several blows to her head.

The husband had told police that he headed home, leaving his partner behind. He then claimed that when he reached home, he realised that he did not have the house keys and headed back to the area where he had left his wife.

He claimed that he found her lying lifeless on the roadway. Detectives arrested Juan after the discovery of the woman’s body. Juan was charged based on the findings of a post mortem report, which revealed that the woman died as a result of blunt trauma and a fractured skull.

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