first_img“Picture Boy” trialAs the third trial for double-murder accused Cyon ‘Picture Boy’ Collier continues, Detective Superintendent Michael Kingston continued his testimony in the presence of Justice Priya Sewnarine-Beharry and a mixed jury on Monday at the Demerara Assizes.Collier is accused of murdering two brothers, Ray ‘Sugar’ Walcott and Carl ‘Alo’ Andrews at Victoria Village, East Coast Demerara in 2006.Kingston was cross examined by Defence counsel Lyndon Amsterdam, while Prosecutors Narissa Leander and Tuanna Hardy represented the State.The major part of the day was spent with Amsterdam going back and forth with Kingston on the uncertainty of three key points and errors in filing the documents.Kingston gave evidence in the High Court that the accused had uttered the words “boss man them man violate me yuh know,” and whenCyon “Picture Boy” Collierasked by Kingston about the guns used to kill the brothers, Collier pointed him to the guns on the bed.However, Amsterdam indicated that it is best practice for the officer to make note of these words in one of the many record books in the Cove and John Police Station.Kingston recollected that his role in the Criminal Investigations Department for this case was to gather information, plan and stage an operation and this resulted in the capturing of Collier and recovering of an AK-47 assault rifle.Kingston stated that during the operation he along with several other ranks, including Linden Lord, acted on information leading them to Lot 23, Bachelors Adventure, ECD.When the team reached the property they were met at the door by the accused. During discussions with the accused, Kingston was lead to the guns and ammunition after which he asked Collier if he was the holder of a firearm licences.According to Kingston’s testimony, Collier responded by saying “no” and so was arrested and taken to the Station.He said that at the station he filled out the charge sheet and the station diary but during the cross examination, it was discovered that the charge sheet was incompletely filed. It did not include the time the accused was placed in custody and the time of arrest was incomplete, having only the time 07:4, missing the final digit.Kingston tried to justify his actions by saying, “it is an error on my part in filing the documents and it was some sort of distraction thatDead: Ray “Sugar” WalcottDead: Carl Andrewsresulted in the error.”Collier is accused of murdering the two brothers in Victoria on September 23, 2006.Reports are a group of young men were playing dominoes at the Victoria four-corner when the two brothers were allegedly shot by the accused who rode up on a motorcycle.The brothers were rushed to hospital, where they were pronounced dead on arrival.The trial continues on Tuesday.last_img read more

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Business and conference travellers have been urged to consider the Christchurch and Canterbury region for events, with several venues still operational and undamaged.While February’s quake has impacted venues and hotels in the city centre, properties outside the CBD are still capable of hosting large events, according to Christchurch & Canterbury Convention Bureau manager Leonie Ashford.“Conference and exhibition venues outside of the CBD, like CBS Canterbury Arena, Wigram Air Force Museum and Addington Events Centre have come through unscathed and are up and running as normal,” Ms Ashford said.  “That’s fantastic news because it means we can keep the ‘open for business’ sign out and continue to welcome conference groups to the city. “Fly-in, fly-out day conferencing options are already being considered to get around our shortage of hotel accommodation.”Ms Ashford added that properties such as the AMI Stadium which is set to re-open by February next year, are capable of holding up to 800 people while much of Christchurch’s shopping, dining and business district will reopen by October this year.While less than an hour’s drive from Christchurch International Airport locations such as Ashburton and Methven are available for conferences as well as Terrace Downs Resort in the high country and Hanmer Springs alpine resort, located 90 minutes from the airport.    “Christchurch & Canterbury is still a great destination for conference groups,” Ms Ashford added. “We may have to think a bit more inventively in some areas but we can still be great hosts and provide people with all the comforts they need to enjoy their stay.”Christchurch & Canterbury Tourism chief executive Tim Hunter said while his confidence in the city’s position as a key player in business tourism has not dropped he has acknowledged that for the moment there are limitations. “Our ability to host large conferences will be very much be contingent on the restoration of hotel capacity in the central city,” Mr Hunter said.“Christchurch has always led the way in terms of business tourism in New Zealand and I’m confident it will do so again when our infrastructure, in particular our hotel capacity, is restored.”According to Mr Hunter business tourism contributes up to NZ$100 million per annum to the local economy and the city will continue to work hard to resurrect it. “We are determined to recover and rebuild and to create an even better, stronger, and more vibrant city centre.”last_img read more