Sophia man charged with execution-style killing of soldier and his girlfriend

(Murder accused: Koabe Grant)

Weeks after a Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Lance Corporal and his girlfriend were executed in Sophia, Greater Georgetown, a 23-year-old man was on Monday remanded to prison on two counts of murder. 23-year-old Koabe Grant, a carpenter of Sophia, was arraigned before Magistrate Roshelle Liverpool at the Sparendaam Magistrate Court.

He was not required to plead to the indictable charge which alleged that on September 1, 2021, at ‘B’ Field Sophia, he murdered Daniel Fraser and Shanicka Forde.

Grant was remanded to prison until September 30, 2021.

On September 1, 26-year-old Fraser and his 23 years old girlfriend were shot dead in Sophia. Fraser was identified as a resident of Lot 598 ‘A’ Field Sophia while Forde was said to be residing in Barbados and was stopping at a friend since she was in Guyana on vacation.

(GDF Lance Corporal Daniel Fraser, and his girlfriend Shanicka Forde)

BIG Smith News Watch was informed that at 23:30hrs at ‘B’ Field Sophia, an unknown male armed with a handgun opened fire on the couple. Earlier that night, the couple was seen imbibing at a shop in ‘C’ Field, Sophia before leaving for home.

While on their way home, they were confronted by a man on a bicycle who discharged several rounds at them. The suspect then rode away.  Fraser and Forde were picked up by Fraser’s brother and taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital where they were pronounced dead on arrival.

Fraser received one gunshot wound to his chest while Forde received three shots- one to the chest, one to her right knee, and another to her right side abdomen. Meanwhile, six .9mm spent shells and a warhead were found at the murder scene.