As was anticipated by many, the bacchanal in the Marcus Bisram matter has commenced. While documents began coming to the fore today Friday which spoke of no confidence in the magistrate, confidence in the DPP and the prosecution and disappointment in Public Security Minister Ramjattan’s statement on the case, evidence has suggested that it all started two weeks ago after Bisram’s first appearance before Senior Magistrate Alex Moore in the Whim Magistrate Court.
On Wednesday Minister of Public Security Khemraj Ramjattan blast the state prosecution for their handling of the matter that has caused it not to get underway.
Today Friday, a letter surfaced and purportedly written by relatives of deceased Faiyaz Narinedatt expressing confidence in the Director of Public Prosecution and its state prosecutor in the matter Ms. Stacy Goodings.
The issues surrounding the snag this matter has reached, reportedly started following December 02, 20109 which saw a face-off between Defense counsel Sanjeev Datadin and State Prosecutor Stacy Goodings in court.
Goodings wanted three weeks leave from the court in order to photocopy a few statements which the court and Defense required in order to proceed with the matter. Datadin objected on the grounds that the timeline the prosecution was proposing was to deliberately delay the proceedings. The magistrate ruled in favour of the defense on that matter and then ruled in favour of the prosecution for a site visit of the murder scene.
All of those things were to be done on December 09, 2019 last but nothing took place as the magistrate reported since, the prosecution was a no show when the matter was called by another magistrate and Bisram never left Georgetown for Berbice on that day.
With the letters now in circulation and the evidence which BIG Smith News Watch has been preview to, questions are now being asked as to if the magistrate was really since on last occasion the matter was to be called or if he was ordered off the case.
The DPP in a letter to the chancellor of the Judiciary and copy to the Chief Justice dated December 05, 2019, two days after Magistrate Moore first handled the Bisram matter, the DPP and the state prosecutor called for the magistrate to be removed from the case as they believed that he had a personal interest in the matter.
The letter also explicitly requested that the matter be reassigned to another magistrate within the said magisterial district.
The bacchanal is expected to continue on Monday December 16, 2019 at Springlands since Magistrate Peter Hugh who called the matter on Monday December 09, 2019 adjourned the case for that court after the prosecution failed to show up and was un-contactable.
Senior Magistrate Alex Moore is also presiding at Springlands Court. Further to that, there was no warrant signed up to late on Thursday that would facilitate Bisram’s release from the Camp Street Jail to attend court on Monday December 16, 2019. It is unclear if any such warrant was signed today Friday.
Bacchanals in the Marcus Bisram matters are nothing new, in the case of the other five persons who are also charged, just when the matter was about to conclude, the very state prosecutor lodged a complaint against the magistrate who was presiding over the matter and he was ordered removed from the case.
After that, the case was sent to another magistrate and after a few callings, that magistrate resigned from office and it was subsequently called before magistrate Renita Singh who after dealing with Bisram’s first appearance after he returned from his extradition, went on leave thus throwing the matter over to Alex Moore.
On Monday in court, the police prosecutor requested that the matter be adjourned until December 06, 2020. That date coincides with the return of Magistrate Renita Singh from her annual leave.
Magistrate Singh was the one who found that there was enough evidence for the five men who were also charged in connection with the matter to stand trial in the High Court.
Bisram is before the court for reportedly ordering the killing of the 27 year old father of two, Faiyaz Narinedatt who reportedly refused sexual advances from him, Bisram during a party he was hosting at his house on the Corentyne.