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Man charged with murder-robbery outside Botanical Gardens

Travis Mc Dougall

A 21 year old man was Friday charged with the murder of a businessman outside the Botanical Gardens, Vlissengen Road, Georgetown earlier this week.

Travis Mc Dougall of 422 East Ruimvledt was not required to plea to the indictable charge after it was read to him by City Magistrate, Fabayo Azore. He was remanded to prison until October 6, 2014.

He is charged with the murder of Ashook Raghu during the course of an in furtherance of a robbery at 1 PM on Monday 18, 2014.

The prosecution’s facts are that on the date and time in question, Raghu and his wife Shayrazadi Raghu were in their motor car, PGG 8291, when they stopped at the traffic light at Vlissengen Road and Regent Street. Prosecutor, Police Inspector Michael Grant said that Mc Dougall and an accomplice road up on a CG motorcycle at the driver’s side. Ashok was shot to his chest and one of the men grabbed a haversack containing GUY$4 million. Grant said Shayrazadi held on to the haversack and she was also shot.

The prosecutor said Mc Dougall was arrested and positively identified by the woman.

Representing Mc Dougall, Defence Lawyer Candacie Rodney said two policemen used an electrical taser on her client. She enquired whether there was a medical certificate for her client.

The defence team, which includes Nigel Hughes, intends to address the matter of identification during the preliminary inquiry to determine whether Mc Dougall should face trial in the High Court by a judge and jury.