FOUR years after Police Sergeant Leonard La Rose was killed in the line of duty, the trial into his murder commenced on Thursday, February 27, 2020, before Justice Sandil Kissoon and a 12-member jury, at the Demerara High Court.

Dennis Marks, a farmer of Matthews Ridge, North West District, in Region One, is currently on remand for the offence.

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Marks denied the charge which read that, on March 1, 2016, at Holes, Matthews Ridge, he murdered La Rose.

The trial was adjourned until March 3, 2020.

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According to reports, LaRose and a party of policemen, at Matthews Ridge, went in search of Marks, who was wanted over an allegation of rape.

However, when the police approached Marks, he allegedly pulled out a knife and attacked them. During the ordeal, he reportedly stabbed LaRose to the neck and two other ranks to their chest and hands.

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Marks made good his escape on foot and the injured policemen were rushed to the hospital. La Rose was pronounced dead on arrival at the Matthews Ridge Hospital. Marks was later arrested and charged.

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