Individual witnesses charged with killing a friend-
Essequibo Mysterious Shooting…
Kaieteur News – Cordel Grimes, 25, who is said to be the only witness to shoot his friend, Reeaz Khan, on September 29, outside a hotel on the Essequibo coast, was charged with murder last Monday.
Grimes made a virtual appearance before Magistrate Esther Sam, at Charity Magistrates’ Court, District Two.
He was not required to plead to the indictable charge that he allegedly shot and killed his friend Khan. He was remanded in custody and is due to make his next court appearance on January 7th, 2020. The matter will be transferred to Suddie Magistrates’ Court for disclosure of statements.
According to reports, Khan was shot multiple times, and was taken by Grimes by car to Suddie Public Hospital. Police had identified Grimes as the driver and owner of that car. Grimes was allegedly shot in the arm, and was admitted to the same hospital.
Grimes had told investigators that the shooting took place in front of a hotel in the village of Aurora sometime around 19:30 o’clock. The 25-year-old alleged that an unknown person (s) had shot at him while walking towards the car. Khan was shot to the face and in his arms.
When contacted, however, the hotelier as well as individuals living nearby told Kaieteur News that they did not hear any gun shots during the time and date involved.
About a day after the incident, Grimes took self-relief, and immediately went under the radar without offering police an official statement.
His friend, Khan, surrendered six days later. Doctors had told family members that the bullet he received was lodged between his nose and forehead.
Sometime later, Grimes finally appeared. He was questioned by police and had told investigators he cannot remember seeing anyone shooting at them. He was later released as detectives continue to investigate the case.
It was also later revealed that Khan’s glasses and slippers were recovered from Grimes’ car but his wallet, driver’s license and two mobile phones were missing. One obsolete shell, matching a .32 caliber weapon, was also found.
Kaieteur News learned that the Major Crime Unit had stepped in to solve the case which was labeled a mysterious shooting with only one witness who could not remember anything.
Grimes was later arrested and senior police sources had told this newspaper, that there is ample circumstantial evidence, which can be used in a case against him.