Murder charge sent to Grand Court

William David Martinez McLaughlin, 31, was committed to stand trial in the Grand Court following a preliminary inquiry into the charge of murdering Brian Carter Rankine in May this year.

Proceedings concluded on Tuesday after Defence Attorney Keith Collins finished questioning Jason Hinds, who is charged with being an accessory after the fact to the murder.

Crown Counsel Nicola Moore then handed in a pathologist’s report listing the injuries to the deceased.

Brian’s body was found lifeless and naked in the early hours of Saturday, 17 May in the vicinity of McField Lane, George Town. He was 20.

At the close of proceedings, Chief Magistrate Margaret Ramsay-Hale asked McLaughlin if he wanted to say anything under oath or affirmation. He replied, ‘Yes, I just got to say I didn’t commit this crime.’

The magistrate pointed out that this comment was not sworn or affirmed, so it was tantamount to saying ‘I reserve my defence.’

She remanded him until the opening of the next Grand Court session, which is in early January.