Vendor to face judge, jury over murder of teen

first_imgTwenty-two-year-old Rickland Bovell of Swan Village, Linden-Soesdyke Highway, was committed to stand High Court trial for the murder of David Toney.Toney, 18, was killed during an argument over the non-payment for the transport of cabbage in April 2019.Rickland BovellBovell was not required to plea to the indictable charge, which stated that on April 19, 2019 at Timehri Docks, East Bank Demerara, he murdered Toney.When the matter was called on Monday at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan, she ruled that having considered the prosecution’s evidence, the court is of the opinion that a prima facie case has been made out against the accused. Hence, he was committed to stand trial at the next practicable sitting of the Demerara Assizes.Bovell remains on remand until the hearing and determination of the trial in the High Court.Reports are at approximately 03:30h, Bovell, a vendor, was engaged in an argument with Toney and his parents over payments for the transport of cabbages.It was reported that the now-dead teen’s parents would usually hire young men in the neighbourhood to load their produce into a canter truck to transport the vegetables to Georgetown.However, on the day in question, Bovell and two others turned up at the victim’s home and there was an argument over payment between Toney’s father and two of his workers.Shortly after, a fight ensued between Toney’s father and the men when Toney intervened. Bovell allegedly pulled out a knife from the waist of his pants and stabbed the teenager to the abdomen.The teen fell to the ground and was picked up and rushed to Diamond Diagnostic Centre where he was pronounced dead on arrival.last_img read more

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