Two charged in murder of bus conductor
Two young men in their early twenties have been charged with the killing of Park Hill bus conductor, Travez Fernandez, whose body was discovered at South Rivers last Friday with a wound to the neck.
The younger of the two accused is also charged with breaking into the deceased’s home with a cutlass, and abducting him.
All charges against 23 year old Zane Lewis, and 24-year-old Aldan Thomas, are laid indictably, and therefore the South Rivers residents were not required to enter a plea when they appeared at the Serious Offences Court(SOC) on Wednesday, June 30.
A preliminary inquiry will be conducted to examine the evidence surrounding the charge that Lewis and Thomas, between June 24 and 25, with malice aforethought, caused the death of Travez Fernandez of Park Hill by an unlawful act.
Further, the evidence alleging that between the same dates, in Park Hill, Lewis entered the dwelling house of Fernandez as a trespasser and at the time of doing so had a weapon of offence, to wit a cutlass. Additionally, that Lewis allegedly stole and carried away Fernandez without his consent or any other legal authority.
Because of the nature of the charges bail was not open to them.
Senior Prosecutor, Adolphus Delplesche, indicated that the investigation is moving ahead and they may be calling 12 witnesses.
They were asking for a three month window before the beginning of the inquiries.
Chief Magistrate, Rechanne Browne, adjourned the matters to September 28. In the meantime, the accused men were remanded into custody.
Investigations continue into the death of 23-year-old Fernandez, which the police said occurred at around 6:52am on June 25. On that morning, the police received word about an individual lying in the vicinity of the South Rivers playing field. When they arrived on the scene they discovered the body of the deceased, with what appeared to be a wound to the side of the neck.