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Murder in Paraclete

Ruddell Celestine– received one fatal stab wound

Two St. Andrew residents will re-appear in court on December 9 to answer a charge of murder in connection with Monday night’s fatal stabbing incident at Paraclete which left 34-year old Ruddell Celestine dead.

The suspects – 29-year old Reggie Noel and 20 year old Peter Alexander – appeared before Magistrate Nevlyn John at the Grenville Magistrate’s court on Thursday after police charged them for the murder.

During the brief court hearing, both Noel and Alexander were unrepresented by any attorney-at-law.

A report from the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) said that the murder stemmed from an altercation between Celestine and one of the suspects over missing monies.

According to the police report, Celestine who is described as a Labourer by profession, died as a result of a single stab wound that was inflicted on him.

He was later pronounced dead at the Princess Alice Hospital in Mirabeau minutes after the incident.

THE NEW TODAY understands that Celestine was born in Trinidad & Tobago but has been living in Grenada for the past 5 years.

According to an eyewitness, the incident took place just after 7.00 p.m. when the deceased was attacked by Alexander who is from the neighbouring village of Mt. Horne.

The two were reportedly involved in a heated argument at a village shop earlier in the day.

The eyewitness said that Alexander left and indicated that he was coming back with his boys.

The accused returned about two hours later with about three others when Celestine was attacked and killed.

Speculation is rife that one of the men held onto Celestine while he was knifed by another.

One villager described the murder as “disturbing for the village as they are not accustomed to that kind of violence.

Earlier in the year, police told THE NEW TODAY that information gathered seemed to suggest that gangs of troubled youths are operating in the Paraclete, Mt. Horne and Mirabeau in the St. Andrew North-west constituency.

Social Development Minister, Delma Thomas is the Member of Parliament representing the area.

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