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Relative in court for murder

JUST over one month ago, Amoy Lewis's battered body was found on Manzanilla Beach, but later today, a close male relative of the victim is expected to appear in court charged with her murder.

Director of Public Prosecutions Roger Gaspard gave a directive to police to charge a 26-year-old driver, employed with a car rental company, with the capital offence yesterday.

The suspect had been held by police one week ago while at his workplace and questioned. He was yesterday charged with murdering Lewis by acting Ag Sgt Alfred of the Manzanilla Police Post.

Police believe Lewis, 41, of Ninth Street, Barataria, was picked up by the suspect while at her workplace at Langston Roach Industries, Saddle Road, San Juan, the day before her body was found.

She was taken to Manzanilla Beach and struck behind the head with a blunt object.

Lewis was also allegedly stabbed about the body and face by the suspect, who police said was enraged over concerns Lewis raised regarding one of her daughters.

A team of officers from the Region II Homicide Bureau of Investigations, which included Insp Seemungal Rampersad, Andrew Lawrence, Sgt Aslim Hosein and Lutchman, including Cpls Payne, Mikaya Davis and PCs Theroula, Subhas Harripersad and Boxhill, were part of the month-long probe.

Police said the suspect has addresses at Laventille Road, San Juan and Caurita Road, Maracas/St Joseph.

Around 6.a.m. on March 8, Lewis's body was found at a beach in Manzanilla by a passerby. —AS

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