A 23-year-old gold miner who was arrested for the rape and murder of a Venezuelan woman at a mining camp in Region Seven is facing an additional murder charge for the death of another woman back in May.
The accused Joshua Connell appeared before Magistrate Christel Lambert in at the Bartica Magistrate Court today and was not required to enter a plea to the indictable murder charges.
The first charge stated that on October 6, at Big Hope Backdam, Cadell raped and murdered Venezuelan national Dimas Fermín. The woman who worked as a chef in one of the mining camps died by manual strangulation.
Her body was found dumped in a mining pit.
The Court was also told that back in May of this year, at Three Miles, Karrrau Backdam, the same accused strangled another woman to death and also dumped her body in a mining pit.
That woman was identified as Rosella Smith.
The accused has been remanded to prison on the two murder charges and will make his next Court appearance next week.
He was arrested by investigators and according to the Police he admitted to both murders while being questioned.
The first woman was reportedly murdered as he raped her while the second woman was murdered during an argument over missing gold.