A twenty-year-old construction worker from the village of Epping Forest in St. David, charged with capital murder in the brutal slaying of a sixteen-year-old young lady whose partly decomposed body was discovered beneath a vacant house in Charlotte Vale St David last Thursday, has been remanded to the Richmond Hill Prison.
Murder accused Randy John appeared before Magistrate Karen Noel at the St David’s Magistrate Court on Monday for the first time where a charge of capital murder was read to him. He was not required to plead given the nature of the charge, and the issue of bail was also not a consideration.
John, who was without the assistance of legal counsel, was remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison until his next appointed date with the court on November 19th to be followed by the commencement of preliminary inquiries four days later on November 23rd.
John was arrested and subsequently charged with one of the most serious crimes on the Grenada law books that of capital Murder only days after the body of Quinette Johnson was discovered beneath an abandoned house in Charlotte Vale by two villagers while on their way to undertake some ground clearing work in the area.
According to information reaching the Grenada Informer, when discovered, Johnson was lying face down naked with what appeared to be a number of abrasions to various parts of her body.
Johnson, a former student of the St Joseph Convent in St George’s was reported missing by family members days before her body was discovered. She was reported last seen boarding a minibus en route to St David and subsequently in the company of her lover, the young man who is now charged in connection with her death.
Sources close to the young lady told the Informer that they are not ruling out a possible crime of passion in Johnson‘s death since the pair has had some rough patches in their secret relationship in recent times.
Sources told the Informer that before boarding the bus to St David, Quinette was heard telling one of her friends that she was going to spend some time with her boyfriend, a story totally different to the one presented to the police that claims, she was due to meet with a family member.
Meanwhile, according to a release from the Public Relations Department of the Royal Grenada Police Force, an autopsy conducted on Johnson’s body revealed that her death was as a result of asphyxiation or the lack of oxygen to the brain, resulting from choking, suffocation, strangulation among others.
With November 23rd set for the commencement of the preliminary hearing, Court is advocating in no uncertain terms that they are intent on wasting no time in bringing to justice those responsible for what has been dubbed a most heinous crime, one for which, according to Act 29 of the 2012 Criminal Code, persons convicted may be sentenced to death.