The man who was accused of shooting down political activist Courtney Crum-Ewing has been freed of the murder charge at the end of a preliminary inquiry.
38-year-old, Reagan Rodrigues aka “Grey Boy” walked out of court a free man on that murder charge but was shuttled back to the Camp Street jail where he is serving a three year sentence on an escape from lawful custody conviction.
At the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court this afternoon, Rodrigues cried as Magistrate Judy Latchman told the Court that no case has been made out against the man for the murder of Crum-Ewing.
The Magistrate explained that the Court had not been provided with any evidence that suggested that Rodrigues was the man who shot Crum-Ewing dead. She said none of the evidence provided to the Court implicated him in the murder.
Before leaving the court and being taken back into custody, the former murder accused told the mother of Courtney Crum-Ewing that he is sorry for her loss but he was not the one who killed the political activist. He hinted that Crum-Ewing’s killers are still walking free.
When he was initially charged, Rodrigues had shouted that he was innocent of the murder and he named two other men, including a former bodyguard to a former government Minister, of being involved in the murder of Crum-Ewing.
The political activist, Courtney Crum-Ewing was assassinated in the Diamond, East Bank Demerara Community in March 2015, as he used a loud hailer to encourage resident to vote against the then People’s Progressive Party government.
Crum-Ewing had also staged a daily protest in front of the office of the Attorney General against the then AG, Anil Nandlall, calling for Nandlall to be dismissed from government.
The murder came just two months before national elections. The PPP was voted out of office. Although a number of persons were initially questioned about the murder, including former officials of the PPP government, Rodrigues was the only person taken to court and charged for the murder.
Prominent Attorney, Nigel Hughes, served as the Special Prosecutor in the Preliminary Inquiry.