19-year-old Montserratian charged with murder of Guyanese businessman

The Royal Montserrat Police Service confirmed over the weekend that a 19-year-old male has been arrested and charged with the murder of local businessman Aubrey Barry.

Commissioner of Police Steve Foster told the press that Orin Francois Redwood-Evans has been remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison after being formally charged with the killing of Barry, which took place sometime between late Wednesday and early Thursday morning 4 October 2012.

Barry sustained head injuries and died while being medivaced to Barbados for treatment.

Commissioner Foster declined to say if Evans had confessed to killing the businessman who ran a small grocery in the Cudjoe Head area. He said the investigation was continuing and anyone with information about the incident could contact the police and share what they knew in confidence.

A post mortem of Barry, who was originally from Guyana, was conducted in Barbados with one local forensic officer in attendance. The results are being reviewed, the top police official said.

This brings to two the number of homicides in 2012. Commissioner Foster said history has shown that Montserrat recorded one murder every five to seven years and so this statistic was unusual and bore looking into.

The teenager was in the employ of the Government of Montserrat.

Police Inspector Bennett Kirwan has been assigned as the lead investigator with Inspector Williams appointed as family liaison officer.

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