27-year-old Gabriel Alleyne of Mt. Parnassus, St. George has been committed to stand trial in the High Court for the June 24, 2017 murder of Laura Land, St. David resident, 49-year-old Anthony Alexander, who regrettably died, while being kept as a patient at the Mt. Gay Psychiatric Hospital in St. George’s.
Alleyne, the son of a prominent religious leader, was slapped with the indictable charge of Non-Capital Murder on June 27, 2017 after allegedly using his bare hands to strangle Alexander, whose two feet were at the time being restrained to a bed at the Rathdune Unit, where they were both housed as patients.
The Preliminary Inquiry into the charge against the young man concluded on December 21, 2017 at the St. George’s No. 1 Magistrate’s Court before Chief Magistrate Tamara Gill when the Prosecution called its final two witnesses to the stand.
THE NEW TODAY understands that the two witneses called were a medical doctor who was on call when the fatal incident occurred and the other was a police officer who laid the indictable charge against Alleyne – three days after Alexander’s death.
The Laura Land resident reportedly died as a result of Asphyxia by Strangulation.
Represented by Pauline Hannibal from the Law Firm of Hannibal & Duncan Phillip, the accused appeared to be quite calm and composed as he sat in the prisoner’s dock listening attentively to the evidence against him.
THE NEW TODAY understands that the murder-accused was sent to the Rathdune Unit for evaluation after he stabbed his 58-year-old mother in their home at Mt. Parnassus on June 14, 2017.
It is reported that Alleyne, the son of Pastor Ricardo Alleyne, started to act strange, looked at his mother and called her a sorcerer and also accused her of performing sorcery, before proceeding to stab her in the chest.
It is understood that a wounding charge was subsequently laid against Alleyne but THE NEW TODAY was unable to ascertain the current status of the charge.
The murder case against the 27-year-old is expected to commence in the January 2018 assizes which will open later this month.