The policeman who is alleged to have fatally shot Patentia schoolboy Kelvin Fraser was remanded to prison yesterday when he appeared before acting Chief Magistrate Melissa Robertson charged with the capital offence.
Quancy John, 30, of 325 Kuru Kuru, Linden-Soesdyke Highway was not required to plead when the charge was read to him by the magistrate. He was expressionless as the charge was read stating that on June 7 at Patentia he murdered Fraser.
He was represented by attorneys-at-law Donald Trotman and Hubert Rodney. Trotman told the court that John has been with the Guyana Police Force for over two years and this was his first appearance in court.
Meanwhile Rodney told the magistrate that while they would not be making a bail application, the defence lawyers were concerned with the dynamics of the case.
He indicated that on June 15 a letter was written to the Commissioner of Police and the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in which they applied for forensic tests to be carried out on the firearm used in the killing, as well as the clothing of the deceased and John. He added that although the police would have carried out their own investigations into the matter, the defence wanted an opportunity to do their own testing so that they can prepare their case. Rodney also said that he wanted the DPP to indicate to the court whether she will allow independent forensics tests on the firearm and clothing. He said the chain of evidence may be prejudicial to his client.