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Duo pleads not guilty to murdering Professor Mars in 2016

L-R: Murder accused, Andre Benjamin and Timithy Paul Chance [Picture: Guyana Times]

The trial of Timithy Paul Chance and Andre Benjamin, who are accused of murdering Professor Pariedeau Mars, also called “Perry,” in the furtherance of a robbery, is scheduled to commence on May 16, 2022.

A 12-member jury was emplanelled on Monday before Justice Sandil Kissoon at the High Court in Georgetown.

The charge against the duo stated that on May 12, 2016, in the county of Demerara, they killed Mars during the furtherance of a robbery.

According to Police reports in 2016, 75-year-old Mars, of Bissessar Avenue, Prashad Nagar, Georgetown, was found bound and beaten in his home at about 18:30h on May 12, 2016, by his wife. He was subsequently rushed to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Naomi Adams, Nikkisha Dover, and Orin McCrae were all charged and sentenced for the Professor’s murder.

Being the first to confess to the crime, Adams was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment, while her co-accused Dover and McCrae were both sentenced to 12 years each. It was ordered that the prison authorities deduct the years spent on remand from each of the sentences imposed.

Investigations revealed that Dover was known to the now-dead professor as she would visit his home. It was further revealed that the said accused confessed to conspiring with McCrae to rob the elderly man as he was home alone on the day of the incident.


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