Accused faces 3rd trial

first_imgVictoria double murderDouble murder accused Cyon “Picture Boy” Collier is once again on trial at the High Court on charges in relation to the murder of two brothers.Double murder accused Cyon “Picture Boy” CollierCollier is before Justice Priya Beharry-Sewnarine and a mixed Demerara Assizes jury charged with the murder of brothers Ray Walcott and Carl Andrews, who were fatally shot on September 23, 2006, at Victoria Four Corner, East Coast Demerara. The trial commenced on Tuesday, and continues today.This is the third trial the accused is facing for the double murder after the previous trials ended with the jury being unable to arrive at a unanimous verdict.In his previous trials, Collier was called upon to lead his defence and he offered unsworn statements from the dock, claiming that he was “innocent of this crime”. The accused claimed that he was in Linden when the two brothers were killed.He reiterated his claims that he was kicked repeatedly to his scrotum, causing him to suffer from hydrocele, and forced to confess to the crime which he knew nothing about.Collier also faced another murder trial in 2014 and was found not guilty of the murder of Chandrapaul Persaud, 34, who was fatally shot in an armed robbery at Nonpareil, East Coast Demerara, on September 30, 2006.Persaud had just exited his vehicle at his residence when he was attacked. He was shot by one of three gunmen.In that trial, the Court heard that around 18:50h three men entered Persaud’s premises armed with guns and robbed his family of jewellery and money.One of the men then shot him dead. The wife of the deceased later identified the shooter as Collier.last_img read more

Chief Patron Weah Meets Liberia Olympic Delegation

first_imgPresident George Weah along with delegates f the Liberia National Olympic Committee (Photo: Executive Mansion)Days after seeking the audience of the Chief Patron of Sports, the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC) has met Chief Patron George Weah ahead of their trip to Algiers, Algeria, for the 3rd edition of the African Youth Games (AYG).Liberia is expected to join over 50 other countries to participate in the youthful international multi-sport events, held every four years and will be represented in seven disciplines, including athletics (four athletes); table tennis (two athletes); taekwondo (two athletes) and cycling (one athlete), long Tennis (two athletes), Shooting Gun (one athlete) and Swimming (two athletes).According to the website of the Executive Mansion, President Weah yesterday met in audience the delegation of the LNOC headed by Youth and Sports Minister Hon. Zeogar Wilson at his Foreign Affairs Office.President Weah encouraged the team to ignite all efforts in raising the flag of Liberia and to represent the nation as ambassadors who are serving on a duty for a national cause, according to the website.He said the team should view their presence and participation in the pending tournament as a means of lifting the flag of Liberia through sports and should ensure that Liberia achieves the purpose for their participation on the African Continent.Earlier, the LNOC intended to formally present the delegation to the Chief Patron and request for financial assistance in the tune of US$55,000 to enable the 22-man delegation to go to Algiers, Algeria, for the 10 days of the event. According to reports, an undisclosed amount was presented to the delegation to facilitate their trip to the competition.AYG is an international multi-sport event held to complement the current All-Africa Games. The first games were hosted in Rabat, Morocco. This international sportive event has been created by Lassana Palenfo, current director of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa. The idea arose in 2006, but the very first African Youth Games only occurred in 2010. The second edition was held in Botswana, 2010 with Egypt winning the highest number of medals.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New Leyton Orient owner Becchetti vows to splash the cash

first_img1 Leyton Orient’s new owner Francesco Becchetti has vowed to splash the cash at the east London club and has already held talks with manager Russell Slade over new signings.The Italian businessman is ready to make an immediate impact after he took over ownership of the club from Barry Hearn.Orient were a penalty kick away from reaching the Championship last season after they lost in the Play-off final against Rotherham at Wembley.But Becchetti has high hopes for Orient and is not afraid to spend big as he looks to see Orient gain promotion next season.Becchetti said: “I spoke to the manager [on Wednesday night] and asked him to give me a list of key players who will be important for next season. I told him to give me the first player for each position.“Then I said, ‘Is there a player who can help us to aspire to the Championship without going to the Play-offs?“I have a vision of being a Championship club. Many times dreams come true. Even this season it can happen. We have to forget the Play-off match and the penalties and start from zero. I spoke to the manager and we all need the experience.” Leyton Orient manager Russell Slade last_img read more