Hotelier to face judge, jury for death of neighbour

first_imgErwin Bacchus of Fifth Avenue, Subryanville, Georgetown, was on Tuesday committed to stand trial at the High Court for the murder of his neighbour, Jason De Florimonte.Hotelier Erwin BacchusThe 46-old-year man, who is the owner of Tourist Villa Hotel in Subryanville, Georgetown, was committed to stand trial by Magistrate Judy Latchman after a prima facie case was made out against him at the Providence Magistrate’s Court.Bacchus was represented by Attorney-at-Law Nigel Hughes, while Attorney-at-Law Dexter Todd prosecuted the matter.It is alleged that on August 4, 2018, Jason De Florimonte of Lot 96 Fifth Avenue, Subryanville, Georgetown, was reportedly assaulting his girlfriend, Christine Rambarran, in front of his home at about 01:45h.This caught the attention of a 29-year-old handyman employed at the hotel, who intervened to assist the woman. That intervention reportedly angered 30-year-old De Florimonte, and an argument ensued. Realising that the situation was escalating, the handyman ran into the hotel, with De Florimonte in hot pursuit.Bacchus reportedly whipped out his licensed firearm and allegedly fired several shots in De Florimonte’s direction. De Florimonte was shot and subsequently rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.Jason De FlorimonteA post-mortem examination conducted on his body gave his cause of death as multiple gunshot wounds.Erwin Bacchus, of Fifth Avenue, Subryanville, was initially charged with manslaughter when he made his first court appearance and was released on $1.5 million bail by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.However, the manslaughter charge was withdrawn and upgraded to the capital offence of murder, based on the recommendations by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) after an investigation into the incident was completed.last_img read more

Old guards providing a new spark

first_imgIn the last three games, Williams has averaged 17 minutes and McKie has averaged 11.7 minutes. With young guards Jordan Farmar and Sasha Vujacic dealing with consistency issues, coach Phil Jackson indicated that he’s likely to give Williams, 31, and McKie, 34, sustained playing time into March. The idea, born out of a six-game losing streak, seems to have given new life to the Lakers’ backcourt. EL SEGUNDO – Aaron McKie and Shammond Williams are back in service. The Lakers dusted them off, inflated their tires and put them back on the road, they way they would an old bike out of the garage. Surprisingly enough, they still run pretty well. McKie and Williams, two veteran guards buried at the end of the Lakers’ bench for much of the season, have provided valuable minutes in recent games. “We had to make some changes, and we didn’t have many (options),” Jackson said. “We had to go with some veterans who know how to play. You know if things come their way, they’re going to shoot.” McKie and Williams have been efficient, if not dynamic. McKie had not taken a shot this season before Friday but is 3 for 3 from the field and has totaled six rebounds and four assists in 40 minutes. Williams is 6 for 11 from the field, for 13 points in 51 minutes and has three steals and four assists. “They’re both getting into game shape and starting to feel the things that come naturally to them,” Jackson said. “They’re going to fill gaps we need and then we will see about getting the young guys back in there. There are 13 or 14 guys on the roster who can contribute for us and we feel good about that.” Injury update center_img Maurice Evans, whose knee swelled after a collision with Utah’s Matt Harpring on Monday, had fluid drained from the knee Wednesday morning and did not practice. Evans, who also did not practice Tuesday, is considered day to day according to a team spokesman. Also uncertain for Friday is the status of Luke Walton, who might return from a sprained ankle. Walton practiced for a second consecutive day and went through a more vigorous 5-on-5 workout. Afterward he reported feeling well and repeated his hope that he will be able to return Friday against Sacramento. “It’s too early to decide but that’s what I’m hoping for,” Walton said. “My legs and lungs feel a lot better. Now I have to get my strength back and my explosion back.” Kwame Brown, also out with a sprained ankle, is not expected to return until next week. Walton wants to play, but even if he feels he can, the decision will be Jackson’s to make. “I don’t know if I’d play him at the level he’s at right now,” Jackson said. “Right now he doesn’t have the power and strength he would like to have, but that can change over the next couple days.” Kobe Bryant, who has had throat and elbow issues this week, went through only a light workout. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more