Accused pleads guilty to murdering British teen

(From L-R Aaron Hing and Staymon George. Deceased Dominic Bernard)

Staymon George, one of the two men accused of the October 2015 murder of British teenager, Dominic Bernard pleaded guilty to a murder charge when he appeared at the Berbice High Court on Monday.

George called ‘Sherwin’, 30, along with Aaron Hing called ‘Neutral’, 31 were initially charged with the murder of Dominic Bernard called ‘Dom’, 18, in January 2016. Hing is Dominic Bernard’s godbrother.

On Monday morning, Prosecutor Attorney-at-law Latchmie Rahamat presented the murder indictment against George before Justice Sandil Kissoon. The accused pleaded guilty to the charge.

George who was represented by Attorney-at-Law Ravindra Mohabir was remanded to prison until October 19 when he will be sentenced. Also on that day, a probation report and victim impact statement will be read to the court.

Prosecutor Rahamat will present the murder indictment against Hing next week Monday, October 11. Hing is being represented by Attorney-at-Law Sanjeev Datadin.

Dominic Bernard had travelled from England to Guyana on October 14, 2015, to visit his godbrother. However, his father was unable to make contact with him after he left the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA). Worried about his son, the older Bernard travelled to Guyana.

On January 8, 2016, Dominic’s Bernard decomposed body was found in the backlands at Nurney, Corentyne, Berbice. DNA tests confirmed that the body was indeed his remains. It was reported that the teen was bludgeoned hours after he arrived in Guyana and was then buried in a shallow grave.

Meanwhile, two women and a man are expected to go on trial at a later date after they were accused of helping Hing and George murder the teenagers.

The trio- Krystal Thomas, called ‘Kathy’, 28, Jahmeil Sinclair, called ‘Fross’, or ‘Bacchus’, 27, and Sinfine Henry, called ‘Coreen,’ 47, were charged with accessory to murder. They were each released on $300,000 bail pending the hearing and determination of their trial. Their lawyer is Nigel Hughes.