Two young men from the small village of Beaton in St. David are facing a joint charge of Non-Capital Murder in connection with the March 24 death of 61-year old Francis Williams of the same village.
37-year-old Auto Body Repairman Davis Gulston, and Johnny Perryman, a 25-year-old Construction Worker, appeared last week Wednesday before Magistrate Tahira Gellineau at the St. George’s No. 2 Magistrate’s Court on the charge, which carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.
Although, they were not represented by counsel, both murder accused persons indicated to the court that they have retained the services of Attorney-at-Law Derick Sylvester to assist them.
THE NEW TODAY understands that 61-year-old Francis, died just around 8 o’clock on the Saturday night of the incident in which he succumbed to stab wounds that were reportedly inflicted by the men, during a physical altercation at a village shop.
Information reaching THE NEW TODAY indicates that the senior citizen along with three other men were having a drink at a village shop when another individual, whose name was withheld, showed up.
However, the man’s presence was not welcomed and he was asked to leave the compound but he did not comply.
This resulted in an altercation with one of the men who was drinking inside the shop.
Francis reportedly left the scene and returned moments later with a cutlass and reportedly made a strike with the instrument at the individual.
The cutlass is said to have struck another man who was trying to put peace.
THE NEW TODAY understands that the man who was struck with the cutlass got upset and attacked Williams and the two were soon after engaged in a scuffle.
Information revealed that they separated and after a few minutes of fighting, Francis stood up and fell back down.
According to police reports, Francis received 2 stab wounds; one to his face and another to his chest and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Francis’ death brought the homicide toll to 3, since the start of 2018.
Both murder-accused were expected to reappear before the Magistrate Gellineau today (April 6).