Reynolds, Jackman said, discharged the matter at the
end of the prosecution's submissions. He said he had not
yet made any no-case submission.
In November 2004, Richardson, who was picked up
during a police raid in Buxton, appeared at the
Vigilance Magistrate's Court charged with the murder of
Nandalall. The taxi driver had been killed sometime
between October 2003 and March 2004.
Richardson, who is 26 years old, resides in
Bachelor's Adventure, East Coast Demerara.
Nandalall was kidnapped in October 2003 and his uncle
paid a sum of money as ransom but the taxi driver was
not released. His kidnappers later murdered him and his
skeletal remains were found in the cane field behind
Bare Root, ECD.
In early July 2004, DNA tests conducted in Canada
confirmed that the skeletal remains, which had been
found in Bare Root were those of the taxi driver.
Jackman said yesterday that the police had gotten a
confession statement from Richardson, which did not
connect him to the man's murder. The attorney said that
during the PI the police led evidence, with their main
weapon being the confession statement.
Jackman said relatives of the deceased as well as two
policemen testified. He argued that during
cross-examination neither the police nor Nandalall's
relatives could say for certain that Richardson was the
one who killed the taxi driver. The lawyer said that one
of the policemen even admitted that it was possible that
Nandalall could be elsewhere while it was being reported
that he was killed.
"No one knows whether any DNA test was done because
no DNA evidence was presented to the court," Jackman
said. He said even if a DNA test was done, he would not
have agreed for it to be admitted as evidence in court
because it could not be proven whether it was authentic.
Jackman said the police said the DNA testing was done in
Canada and they were trying to get an official from
Toronto to come here and testify but this never
"We waited for several months and no one showed up
and so I argued that it was not fair for my client to be
incarcerated for years without any proper trial."
Jackman said there were several adjournments because
of the absence of the Cana-dian official and so on
Thurs-day Magistrate Reynolds discharged the case as a
result of a lack of evidence.
However, the attorney said, as soon as Richardson
exited the courtroom he was rearrested handcuffed and
dumped in the lockups at Vigilance. His re-arrest caused
a mini protest in front of the police station with
scores of Buxtonians standing outside calling for his
Nandalall, who was 20-years-old at the time, was
kidnapped while making a pick-up in Bachelor's
Adventure. His car was found abandoned on the Annandale
Railway Embankment Road and his family was contacted by
the kidnappers who demanded ransom of $1 million. His
family paid the ransom but he was never freed despite
On March 12, 2004, a Guysuco field supervisor found
the skeleton, with one bullet hole to the skull, about a
mile and a half south of the Bachelor's Adventure
Squatting Area. There was no other evidence than that of
a lock of hair on the skull, which indicated that the
deceased was of Indian descent. Relatives had confirmed
to this newspaper that they had received the results of
the DNA test, which was done in Canada via Multi-Tech
Laboratory in Guyana. The results showed there was a
99.94% probability that the skeleton was that of
An autopsy on the skeleton revealed that Nandalall
died as a result of gunshot wounds to the head. A .38
warhead was found in the skull, one of the man's
relatives reported at the time.
Jackman said during the PI the police had taken a
firearms expert to court, who testified that Nandalall
was shot with a .32 revolver. He said this contradicted
earlier statements, which suggested that his killer used
a .38 revolver.
The attorney argued that the police had no
circumstantial evidence to prove that Nandalall was
killed by Richardson, adding that they were wholly
basing their case on the confession statement. The
lawyer said his client was made to sign a statement,
which he could not read and it did not prove whether the
taxi driver was