Judge to sum up evidence in Freeman Street murder trial
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Murder accused: Stephon Howard (left) and Shawn DosSantos
Murder accused: Stephon Howard (left) and Shawn DosSantos

COME Monday, November 29, Justice Jo-Ann Barlow is expected to sum up the evidence in the trial of Shawn DosSantos and Stephon Howard, who are accused of the 2017 murder of Fazal Shaheed at his Freeman Street, East La Penitence house.

The two accused, who are also residents of Freeman Street, have denied murdering Shaheed, 58, a Berbice businessman, during the course of a robbery on September 24, 2017.

Dead: Fazal Shaheed

They are being represented by attorneys-at-law Nigel Hughes, Konyo Sandiford and associates. The State is represented by prosecutor Cicelia Corbin.

On Tuesday, the prosecution and defence gave their closing statements following which, the judge adjourned the case until Monday, November 29, for her summation.

Following the summing up at the Demerara High Court, the judge will hand over the case to the 12-member jury who will retire to consider the verdict.

The Guyana Chronicle had reported that, on Sunday, September 24, 2017, gunmen stormed Shaheed’s home while relatives were making final preparations for the patriarch’s one-year memorial service.

Shaheed was reportedly in the yard at around 00:40 hours when the gunmen struck, while his two brothers, sisters and mother were in the house. His brothers, Talim and Shalim, who had come in from Canada and the US respectively for the service, were both shot about their bodies.

The suspects reportedly told the police that the gun that was used in the commission of the crime was borrowed from a friend.

They reportedly claimed that after seeing “strange faces” in the street, and having learnt that the persons were foreigners, they planned the robbery.

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