Man remanded for stabbing to death of cousin’s boyfriend

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The 39-year-old man who was arrested for allegedly murdering his cousin’s boyfriend, Devon Xavier, on Saturday in Sophia, Georgetown, was hauled before the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court, East Coast Demerara (ECD) and remanded to prison.

Neil Benjamin made his first Court appearance in relation to the above-mentioned matter on Wednesday (yesterday).

The accused, who was arrested and charged for the murder of Xavier, contrary to Common Law on April 25, this year, appeared before Magistrate George and was not required to plead.

He has since been remanded while the matter is adjourned to May 20, 2021, for report and statements to be served.

On Saturday night, Xavier was at his girlfriend’s ‘A’ Field Sophia, Greater Georgetown, home when he met his demise.

Reports are that on the day in question, around 21:30h, Xavier was in a conversation with his girlfriend at her home, when the girl’s father and her cousin approached them.

According to an earlier statement from the police, when the girl observed this, she told Xavier to leave because her relatives were not in favour of her relationship with him.

“Her father then instructed her to go inside the house, but in the process which she saw her cousin grab the deceased, took out a knife from his pants waist and dealt him a stab to his right side chest causing him to receive injury and collapse to the ground. The suspect made good his escape in an unknown direction. The body was examined by a doctor from Alberttown Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) and was pronounced dead.”

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