Murder charge sent to Grand Court

Following a preliminary inquiry in Summary Court, Carlos Renton Russell has been committed to stand trial in Grand Court for murder and firearm charges.

Russell is accused of murdering Phillip Wayne Watler on 30 March 2005 at the George Town Hospital.

On the same date, he is accused of possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence and possession of firearm without a licence.

Another charge, unlawful use of a firearm, alleges that he was armed with a .38 revolver and unlawfully discharged it at two named police officers.

The preliminary inquiry, conducted by Magistrate Margaret Ramsay-Hale, was held over two days last week as ‘long form’ – that is, certain witnesses were called to give evidence in person rather than have their statements read.

Howard Hamilton QC appeared for the Defence, instructed by Attorney Irvin Banks.

Solicitor General Cheryll Richards acted on behalf of the Crown.

The next criminal session of Grand Court begins on Wednesday, 7 September.

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