City Constable charged with Manslaughter on $800,000 bail

Dead:Marlon Fredricks

Georgetown: A City Constable Lance Corporal was Thursday charged with manslaughter for unlawfully killing 34-year-old Marlon Fredericks last Sunday.

Gregory Bascom, 50, of West Ruimveldt Housing Scheme appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court and was not required to plea to the indictable charge.

Particulars of the charge alleged that Bascom unlawfully killed Fredericks on January 14 at Regent Road, Bourda, Georgetown.

Bascom’s attorney, Roger Yearwood described the incident as unfortunate during his bail application. Further, he said his client was operating within the course of his duties.

Prosecutor, Celine Evans made no objection to bail but requested that report conditions be attached.

The Chief Magistrate released Bascom on $800,000 bail and adjourned the matter until February 12. The man was ordered to lodge his passport with the court and report every Friday until the completion of the trial into the matter.

On January 13, Fredericks, of Tiger Bay, Georgetown, was apprehended by officers from the  City Constabulary for a number of simple larceny transgressions during which time he was beaten and assaulted.

Fredericks was kept in custody at the  entity’s Bourda Outpost and it is alleged that he  attempted to flee custody and was shot as a result the following day. His mother Claudette Fredericks had gone to visit him and reportedly witnessed the shooting.

A post-mortem revealed that the cause of death was as a result of complication to his lower back due to gunshot wound.