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Man Denied Bail Over Killing At Burial Ground Corner

By LAMECH JOHNSON

Tribune Staff Reporter

ljohnson@tribunemedia.net

A MAN was denied bail and remanded to prison yesterday after he was charged in connection with a recent fatal shooting in an inner-city community.

Richard Brown, 23, of Mason Addition, appeared before Magistrate Constance Delancy accused of intentionally causing the death of Devano Decosta last Wednesday and was charged with murder under Section 291 (1)(B) of the Penal Code.

A charge under this section does not attract the discretionary death penalty if a conviction is reached at the end of trial.

Brown is also charged with the attempted murder of Shavano Rahming.

After 10pm on May 18, Decosta and Rahming were standing in front of a home on Burial Ground Corner when two males with a handgun and shotgun approached and fired several shots at them before fleeing on foot. Decosta was pronounced dead on the scene and Rahming was taken to hospital for treatment.

Magistrate Delancy informed the accused that he would not be allowed to enter a plea because his case would be fast-tracked to the Supreme Court through service of a voluntary bill of indictment, scheduled for July 18.

In a separate arraignment, two 16-year-old males were arraigned on charges of attempted armed robbery and attempted murder.

It is claimed that they tried to rob John Petit-Homme at knife point and attacked him in the process. They were not required to enter a plea to the charges and return to court on July 18.

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