(NEWS ROOM GUYANA) – Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on Thursday dismissed a murder charge against a 25-year-old resident of Cummings Street, Bourda Georgetown as a result of insufficient evidence.
Devon Johnson was on remand for the murder of Andrew Benjamin known as ‘Spongebob’, a vagrant, who was stabbed to death on November 11, 2019, at Regent Street, Georgetown.
The Chief Magistrate ruled that the prosecution failed to establish a case against Johnson and so she was forced to dismiss the charge.
Johnson is also before another City Magistrate for the murder of Raymond Samaroo – another vagrant – who was killed on the same date and location. He remains on remand for that offence.
According to reports on November 11, at about 21:30hrs, Samaroo was asleep on the pavement along Regent Street, when he was stabbed to the chest with a knife.
Hours later, Johnson was seen on CCTV footage along Regent and Light Streets, Bourda stabbing Benjamin with the same knife.
Johnson was arrested by Police at his Cummings Street home.