A 22-year old landscaper of La Borie, St. George’s, Dwayne Francis, aka “Chucky” has been charged with murder in connection with the death of Benedict Eric Peterkin of the same address.
Peterkin died at the St. George’s General Hospital last week Wednesday after he was allegedly struck in the head by Francis the day before.
An autopsy performed on the 52-year old Peterkin concluded that he died as a result of injuries to the head.
According to the autopsy report that was released to the media by the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF), the injured man died from severe brain edema, skull fracture and extensive cerebral haemorrhage.
The accused man who is being represented by Attorney Nigel Stewart was brought to court on Friday, and although not being called upon to plead, the charge of murder by intentionally causing the death of Peterkin, was read to him by Chief Magistrate, Her Honour Tamara Gill.
A villager who witnessed the incident was able to provide the police with a full account of what took place.
The villager said Francis used a piece of 2X4 wood to strike Peterkin on the head.
Peterkin was first taken to the hospital and released after he was treated at the Emergency and Accident Department.
Later that night, he collapsed in front of a shop in La Borie and was taken back to the hospital where he subsequently died.