September 26, 2016

Ex-boyfriend remanded for Sophia teen’s murder

Shivanand Roopnarine

Shivanand Roopnarine

– allegedly confessed to stabbing her 41 times

After almost a year on the run, Shivanand Roopnarine, 22, of Lot 478 Grove Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara, who reportedly stabbed his girlfriend to death, has been arraigned for her murder.

He appeared at Sparendaam Magistrates’ Court on Monday where he was not required to plead to the indictable charge. It is alleged that on April 19, 2015 at Sophia, Georgetown he murdered Alicia McPherson, 18.

Police Prosecutor Sergeant Jupiter told the court that the accused was captured last Friday at Mabura.

She said that on the day of the murder, the deceased was at a barbeque in Sophia with a male companion when the accused showed up and had a confrontation with the decreased. During the heated argument the accused allegedly dealt the young woman 41 stabs about her body.

Roopnarine was remanded to prison and will make his next Court appearance on April 28.

Last Friday, the murder suspect was reportedly heading to Mahdia and at a check point at Mabura, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), he was asked to produce a form of identification.

It was at that point the Police at the check point recognised the young man and made the arrest. The young man at the time of the murder had long braided hair, however upon his capture his hair was short, presumably to disguise himself.

The suspect reportedly told investigators that on the night of the incident, he became annoyed after seeing the teenager dancing with another man.

Upon seeing this, he ordered McPherson to leave the dance but she refused and in retaliation, he dragged her to the back of the yard where he stabbed her multiple times before escaping.

A senior Police rank has confirmed that the wanted man was transported to Georgetown where he was grilled by Police in the capital.

Relatives of the dead woman are satisfied the fugitive has been captured and will face the full force of the law.

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