Life sentence for ex-con who shot and killed “Saga”

Thirty-year-old Aubrey Bobb, the ex-convict who shot and killed a D’Urban, Street, Georgetown resident during a robbery in 2017, was on Friday sentenced to life imprisonment with the possibility of being paroled after 30 years for the crime.

Bobb of Kitty, Georgetown had appeared before Demerara High Court Judge Jo-Ann Barlow earlier this month and pleaded guilty to a charge for the capital offence of murder.

He admitted that on October 12, 2017, at David Street, Kitty, Georgetown, he murdered 58-year-old Godfrey Scipio called “Saga” during the course/furtherance of a robbery.

Bobb was represented by defence counsel Teriq Mohammed, while State Counsel Latifah Elliot, State Counsel Marisa Edwards, and State Counsel Simran Gajraj appeared for the prosecution.

Following investigations, the Police charged Bobb and Police Corporal Derwin Eastman with the pensioner’s murder. Corporal Eastman is currently on remand awaiting trial.

According to information, on October 12, 2017, at 18:00 hrs, Scipio was shot to the chest after leaving a city hotel in the company of a woman.

The Police in a report stated that following the shooting, the gunman relieved him of his jewellery before escaping on foot in a northern direction. The injured Scipio was rushed to the Woodlands Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Shortly after the murder, Police were able to arrest Bobb after CCTV footage showed him in the area around the same time Scipio was shot and killed and robbed of his gold chain.

He implicated Corporal Eastman, a former ‘Best Cop’ for Police ‘A’ Division and Police Constable Jameson Williams. Bobb allegedly told ranks that Corporal Eastman provided him with the gun to shoot Scipio.

Constable Williams, who was also charged with Scipio’s murder, was discharged last year at the end of a Preliminary Inquiry after a Magistrate found that there was not sufficient evidence to commit him to stand trial at the High Court.