Prison officer remanded on murder charge

Dead taxi driver: Neil Narine
Dead taxi driver: Neil Narine

Guyana Prison Officer Sherwin Stuart of Timehri, East Bank Demerara, was on Friday arraigned with the murder of Neil Anthony Narine when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.
He was not required to plead to the indictable charge, which stated that on November 11, at Soesdyke/Linden Highway Junction, he murdered Narine. Stuart was remanded to prison by Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry.
While the particulars of the matter were not detailed by the Prosecutor, it was reported that on Thursday, Narine and the suspect were involved in a heated argument, which escalated into a scuffle. Persons around intervened and separated the men, but as Narine walked away, Stuart claimed to be a Constable and reportedly attempted to arrest Narine.
Narine, a former Police rank, resisted, and Stuart retaliated by repeatedly hitting him to the head and neck. Hospital reports confirmed Narine suffered damage to the brain and a ruptured blood vessel in the neck.
As a result of the injuries, he was hooked up to a life support machine, but after a few days, doctors confirmed that he was brain dead. After much deliberation, the family thought it best to remove him from the machine. He took his last breath on November 11.
A post-mortem examination performed on Narine’s body was done on Friday by Dr Nehaul Singh who gave his cause of death as trauma to the head and neck along with brain haemorrhaging. Narine will be laid to rest on Monday.
Stuart will then make his next court appearance on November 22.

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