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‘Chocolate’ murder P.I. commences

‘Chocolate’ murder P.I. commences


Eleven persons have already taken the witness stand, with another 22 expected to give testimony in the preliminary inquiry of murder accused George ‘Chocolate’ Franklyn.{{more}}

The case began on Tuesday, February 21, at the Serious Offences Court in Kingstown.

Franklyn, 41, is facing 24 charges, including the murders of Ingrid Jack-Franklyn, 35, Clerk, and Marva James, 48, Vendor, both of Campden Park, on September 13, 2011, at Coconut Range.

He is also charged with four counts of intent to murder Desroy Lavia, 19, of Owia; Sharon James, 29, Clerk; Desroy Jack, 30, labourer, and Nolly Jack, 45, fisherman. He was charged with two counts of wounding with intent, and three counts of criminal trespass upon entering the dwelling houses of Marva James and Nolly Jack.

Two counts of unlawfully discharging a firearm at Sharon James and Desroy Lavia, five counts of possession of a .45 pistol with intent to injure Ingrid Jack-Franklyn, Marva James, Desroy Lavia, Desroy Jack and Simeon James were also laid. He was charged with one count each for possession of a .45 pistol and four rounds of .45 ammunition; four counts of grievous bodily harm on Ingrid Jack-Franklyn, Simeon James, Desroy Jack and Marva James.

Assistant Superintendent of Police and forensic psychologist Kamecia Blake and relatives of the two deceased women were among those who took the witness stand on Tuesday.

The matter was adjourned to March 5 for continuation.

Attorney Ronald Marks represents the accused.