Two brothers, both residents of Non-Pariel in St. Mark, charged in connection with the 2012 murder of a 74-year-old British pensioner have been remanded to the Richmond Hill Prison, after making their first court appearance before Magistrate Francine Foster at the Gouyave Magistrate Court on Tuesday.
The two men, Ronald Fletcher 36 and Jamel Young 34 were both slapped with charges of Capital Murder and Arson on Saturday, eight years after the death of Amelio Fletcher, a retired pensioner whose lifeless body was discovered close to his wrecked vehicle some three hundred meters away from his house that was on fire at the time of the discovery.
The investigation by law enforcement officers and an autopsy conducted on the deceased body confirmed that the 74-year-old succumbed to injuries consistent with being beaten to death by his attackers, who later attempted to conceal the evidence by disposing of the body. The vehicle used did not get very far.
After years of investigation, both men were arrested last week and subsequently charged in connection with the incident.
During their brief stint in court on Tuesday, Young was legally represented by defence lawyer Arley Gill, his brother Fletcher hinted to the court that he would be represented by Derrick Sylvester who was not present in court.
The issue of bail was not considered given the nature of the charges, the men were remanded to the Richmond Hill Prison until their next court date on June 23rd at the Victoria Magistrate Court.
Fletcher who is up against several other charges including possession of firearms and ammunition would also have appeared at the Grenville Magistrate on June 30th and Sauteurs Magistrate on June 23rd.
The prosecution team headed by Crown Counsel Haward Pinnock gave the undertaking that full disclosure in the matter would be made available ahead of the next date.
Both men face the maximum death sentence if convicted.
Meanwhile, relatives of the deceased present in court on Tuesday, told members of the media they are heartened that after eight years of praying, their prayers have been answered and justice for their relative has begun to take its course.
The female relative took the opportunity to thank the members of the Royal Grenada Police Force for not giving up but sticking to the mission. She hopes that young people in Grenada would learn from this experience, do the right thing and reap the reward. To embark on the wrong things, she said, time would catch up with them and has been the case in this matter.
The relative took the opportunity to usher a word of prayer to the parents and the young men who were accused of killing her nephew, she hopes that one day they would be able to find the brighter side to life.
A similar sentiment was echoed by a second relative, thanking God for answering prays while at the same time calling on parents who encourage their children to do wrong and do nothing about it, to look at themselves.
She recalled praying for eight years asking when there would be justice and having gotten a call that someone was arrested for her nephew’s death it was like a bitter-sweet moment.
While not wishing bad for the two young men now on trial, the relative said having looked at the young men, she was broken, but takes comfort in the fact that God has answered prayers.