Detective Corporal Roland Beharry on Tuesday recounted the murder scene of taxi driver Rolston Bernard Henry, who was found bound and gagged with several wounds in the car he operated, which was found at Onion Field, La Bonne Intention (LBI), East Coast Demerara (ECD), back in May 2009.Murdered taxi driver: Rolston Bernard HenryHis recollection was heard by the 12-member jury and Justice Roxanne George in the High Court on Tuesday. The deceased driver’s National Identification Card and four car seat covers, which had been stolen, were tendered as exhibits.This followed Justice George’s decision that the trial can proceed after ruling that the evidence tendered in the voir dire (trial with a trial) warranted jury deliberation. Detective Corporal Beharry’s testimony follows several days of Police witnesses testifying in the voir dire.The Detective Corporal told the court that he was the first officer to arrive on the scene after receiving the report that the murdered taxi driver was found in some bushes, near the LBI Sugar Estate. Beharry recalled that the upper half of Henry’s body was on land face up while the other half was lodged in water. The witness also observed “a gaping wound to his throat, a 7 inch cut below his right ear and another to the left side of his back”.The Policeman further testified how the taxi driver was bound. The jury heard that an electrical cord was used to tie the deceased man’s hands behind him, while a cloth was tied across his mouth.“A piece of shine metal object was stuck to his right side; his abdomen, stomach and penis appeared to be burnt,” the witness stated, signalling that the taxi driver may have been tortured. Beharry then added that the dead man was also found clothed only in blue undergarments. It is believed that Henry was murdered between May 2 and 3, 2009.Beharry, who was the principal investigator of the crime, also witnessed the post-mortem examination of the deceased.In other jarring revelations, Beharry noted that a number of stolen items, including the car seats, were recovered and later identified by the owner of the PKK 9036 motor car, which the deceased had operated. The witness also claimed that he was made privy to a receipt showing purchase of the said car seats.Under cross-examination by Defence Counsel Maxwell McKay, Beharry stated that four other persons were held, but later released for the taxi driver’s murder. He admitted that he was not aware just when the accused was shown his caution statement, but learnt that this was done on the evening of May 5, 2009 at the Beterverwagting Police Station, ECD.Beharry also noted that he assisted in searching the crime scene and personally scoured around 15 feet from the murder. However, Attorney McKay challenged the witness as to why a crowd of persons was gathered so close to the crime scene – some four feet away.“Would you say [the murder scene] was contaminated by persons being so close to the body?” questioned McKay.Detective Corporal Beharry responded in the negative. The trial continues today.
0Shares0000LONDON, April 19- Sunderland condemned Chelsea to their first home Premier League defeat under Jose Mourinho with a stunning 2-1 victory on Saturday that took Liverpool a step closer to the title.Chelsea were bidding to take over from Liverpool at the summit, but their loss to the league’s bottom club means that Brendan Rodgers’s side can now open up a five-point lead if they win at Norwich City on Sunday. Samuel Eto’o put Chelsea ahead after only 12 minutes, but Sunderland equalised quickly through Connor Wickham and claimed victory thanks to an 82nd-minute penalty from on-loan Liverpool striker Fabio Borini.Having held third-placed Manchester City to a 2-2 draw in midweek, Sunderland have emerged as this season’s kingmakers, and victory at Stamford Bridge gave their chances of avoiding relegation a sizeable boost.Gus Poyet’s side, who had previously gone nine games without a win, finished the day three points from safety and also have a game in hand to play.Chelsea took the lead in the 12th minute, Eto’o volleying in from Willian’s left-wing corner, but it took Sunderland only six minutes to draw level.Mark Schwarzer, deputising in goal for the unwell Petr Cech, spilled a long-range shot from Marcos Alonso and Wickham pounced to clip home the rebound.Chelsea’s response was not slow in coming and visiting goalkeeper Vito Mannone had to produce smart saves to thwart Branislav Ivanovic, Nemanja Matic, Mohamed Salah and Willian before half-time.Chelsea’s frustrations told when Ramires lashed out at Sebastian Larsson with his arm, catching the Sunderland midfielder in the face, but referee Mike Dean appeared not to see the incident.The Chelsea onslaught continued in the second half, with Eto’o curling just wide and substitute Demba Ba miscuing from Willian’s cut-back, but the goal would not come and there was worse to follow.In the 81st minute, Cesar Azpilicueta was penalised for sliding in on Jozy Altidore and Borini, a former Chelsea striker, calmly beat Schwarzer from the spot.It may prove to be the goal that delivers the title to Anfield and Chelsea’s anger was clear, with assistant coach Rui Faria needing to be restrained as he berated Dean.– Spurs halt Fulham charge –Earlier, Fulham squandered an opportunity to escape the Premier League relegation zone after going down 3-1 at London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.Felix Magath’s improving side had won their two previous games and they reacted impressively after falling behind to a close-range Paulinho strike in the 35th minute, with Steve Sidwell equalising almost immediately.However, second-half goals from Harry Kane and Younes Kaboul secured victory for Tim Sherwood’s Spurs, with Sidwell seeing a late penalty saved by Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.“If we had got any points here, it would have been an extra point for us,” said Fulham manager Magath, whose side ended the day two points from safety.“We have to win our home games and I think we can manage it.”Fulham slipped one place to 19th after Cardiff City moved above them on goal difference by drawing 1-1 at home to Stoke City.Marko Arnautovic gave Stoke the lead from the penalty spot in first-half injury time, but Peter Whittingham earned Cardiff a draw with a penalty of his own after Steven Nzonzi tripped Fraizer Campbell.Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was unhappy about Stoke’s penalty, which was awarded for a foul on Peter Odemwingie by Kim Bo-kyung.“Stoke’s was not a penalty,” said the Norwegian. “All the players were incensed, but it was important we kept cool and tried to do the right things.”Elsewhere, an ice-cool stoppage-time penalty by Wilfried Bony gave Swansea City a 2-1 victory at Newcastle United that took the Welsh club six points clear of the relegation zone.Aston Villa spurned a chance to put clear daylight between themselves and the bottom three in a 0-0 draw at home to Southampton, while a 59th-minute Mile Jedinak penalty saw Crystal Palace win 1-0 at West Ham United.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) read more