Ganja Murder At La Poterie

Murder suspect Don Bartholomew - sporting a Rastafarian hairstyle when he appeared in court

Murder suspect Don Bartholomew – sporting a Rastafarian hairstyle when he appeared in court

A heated argument at La Poterie, St. Andrew’s over a pound of marijuana with a street value of $2,268.00 has left one man dead while another is on remand at the Richmond Hill Prisons awaiting trial for non-capital murder.

Dead is Lindon Charles, a 35-year old bus conductor of La Poterie.

Charles succumbed to injuries that were inflicted on him, allegedly at the hands of 22-year old Don Bartholomew last week Thursday.

22 year old Don Bartholomew, identified as a farmer of Tivoli, St. Andrew was arrested and formally charged on Saturday by officers attached to the Criminal Investigation Department, Grenville Police Station for the offence of Non-Capital Murder by unlawfully causing the death of Charles.

Bartholomew was taken to the Grenville Magistrate’s Court on Monday and remanded in the custody at Her Majesty’s Prison.

Residents of La Poterie told THE NEW TODAY Newspaper the two men were engaged in an argument over some marijuana which Charles reportedly found on a beach in the area.

The residents who spoke on condition of not being identified said the deceased had discovered an undisclosed quantity of marijuana, but later turned it over to some men who claimed that the illegal substance belonged to them.

This newspaper understands that as a means of being grateful to Charles for turning over the marijuana to them, he was allegedly rewarded with a pound of the illegal drugs for himself.

One resident said that on the day of the killing, Bartholomew who lives at Tivoli came to meet one of his friends at La Poterie for them to have a cook.

While there, the accused is said to have noticed Charles and confronted him over the marijuana which lead to a heated argument between them.

This newspaper learnt that neighbours in the area were alerted of the incident after hearing a loud scream.

Lindon Charles - chopped to death at La Potrie

Lindon Charles – chopped to death at La Potrie

Bartholomew was seen armed with a cutlass, but later fled the scene after the incident.

Some of the residents had to secure themselves inside of their homes during the commotion that went uncontrollable.

A resident who spoke of Bartholomew being rather troublesome said that she could have quelled the situation.

“I know if I was there, that would not have gone ahead because I usually speak to him and he listens to me,” she remarked.

Charles was found lying faced down in a pool of blood with a gaping chop wound on the left side of his neck.

Police are working on the theory that the La Poterie murder could be related to a drug burst that was made two days before the incident.

A release issued by the Community Relations Department of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) said that members of the Drug Squad recovered thirty-six and three quarter pounds of marijuana that has an estimated street value of $81,920.16 at La Poterie Bay.

A police source told this newspaper there is a strong possibility that the drug that was in the deceased man’s possession could be connected to the drug burst that was made.

The drug burst was made after a boat in which three men were traveling evaded the Coast Guard Unit and ran aground at the Bay.

The murder suspect is due to reappear on September 23.

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