A fifty-three-year-old St George’s resident initially charged with wounding, following an altercation between himself and his landlord in March of 2017 now faces an upgraded charge of non-capital murder following the death of the landlord.
Michael Mc Queen, a well-known security guard appeared before Chief Magistrate Tamara Gill at the St George’s Number One Magistrate Court on Tuesday where a revised charge of non-capital murder was read to him.
Represented by defence Counsel Sherrine Francis Hackett, Mc Queen was not required to plead, since the charge against him is indictable and therefore must be heard before a judge and jury. He was remanded to the Richmond Hill Prison and is expected to make a second court appearance on March 19th.
Mc Queen, at the time of the incident, resided at Belmont in St George’s. He was due to appear in court on March 15th to answer to a charge of wounding following an altercation between himself and one Franklyn St Paul a retired businessman and brother of retired high court judge Lyle St Paul.
Sources told the Grenada Informer that shortly after the incident, St Paul had to be hospitalized having suffered serious head injuries. Our source added that after he was released, St Paul had to be readmitted to the hospital where he died allegedly from head injuries.
According to Director of Public Prosecution Christopher Nelson in a brief comment to the media on Tuesday, after a full investigation was conducted, it was concluded that there was sufficient evidence linking Mc Queen to the death of the retired businessman. He was therefore charged with non-capital murder.
Mc Queen is due to make his second court appearance on March 19th. If convicted he faces a maximum penalty of life in prison.