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Trio freed of ‘Ole Higue’ murder

Posted in Crimes against Women,Law Enforcement by wiig on April 19, 2008
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Kaieteur News – April 19, 2008

After almost a year in custody, three residents of Bare Roots, Bachelor’s Adventure, East Coast Demerara, were released yesterday for the killing of Radicha Singh who was beaten to death after she was mistaken for the mythical Ole Higue.

Althea Roberts, Roland Spencer and former policemen, Ryan Bobb, walked out the Vigilance Magistrate’s Court after Magistrate Sherland Issacs discharged them after he upheld no case submissions by their attorneys Hukumchand, Nigel Hughes and Oswald Legall.

The discharge stemmed from the absence of the prosecution’s main witness who had implicated them in the killing.

Kaieteur News understands that police were unable to locate the witness shortly after she had given a statement that alleged that the trio had beaten the woman to death on April 28 last year. There are reports that the witness had disappeared after the trio had also implicated her in the beating.  

Police Prosecutor Inspector Edmund Cooper argued that although the witness failed to show up, the court should accept the evidence of the policeman who had given evidence about a confrontation between the accused and the now missing witness.

Cooper also argued that there was sufficient circumstantial evidence to commit the accused to stand trial. In the end, the magistrate released the Bare Roots residents.

This newspaper understands that should the police manage to locate the witness, the accused could be re-arrested and tried again.

Radicha Singh, who was described as mentally challenged, was found dead on a road in the Bare Roots community with marks of violence on her body on the morning of April 28, 2007.

She had reportedly wandered into the community after straying from her Mon Repos home, a few miles away.

Residents in the community claimed that the strange woman was an ‘Ole Higue’, a mythical figure who moves in a ball of fire and sucks the blood of infants.

While there was no immediate evidence of such occurrence in the village, the residents remain adamant that the unidentified woman was evil.

Bare Roots residents said that it was unusual for a stranger to venture so far into the village without being noticed.

Both of the woman’s hands, which carried several silver bracelets, were broken above the wrists and her half naked body was surrounded by grains of rice, while a manicole broom which residents claimed is used to beat the ‘Ole Higue’ was found nearby.

News of the incident gripped several villages along the East Coast of Demerara, with many expressing disbelief that in this day and age people could believe in vampires.

The incident had also made the international news.

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