Accused murderer says he, too, wants justice in feud over property
Double murder accused Calvin “Burga” James has been served with a copy of his case file containing the evidence against him in relation to the killing of his niece Tahisha Thomas and his nephew’s girlfriend, Sanchezca Charles.
The 57-year-old is also accused of shooting his nephew, Lawrence James, with intent to murder him, unlawful possession of a bullet and a .38 revolver with which he was allegedly found when police arrested him. Two other charges against him include larceny of the revolver valued $5,000 and six rounds of .38 ammunition valued $21.
The committal hearing has now been set for September 30, giving the accused, who had no lawyer, enough time to peruse the file and decide whether he would challenge the committal process by filing a no case submission.
An agitated Calvin James was reportedly quite vocal during the proceedings before the chief magistrate, arguing that the entire situation was the fault of his sister, Ineta Liburd because, according to him, he had invested a lot of money into a property which she was allegedly preventing him from accessing.
He said he wants “justice”, while making several other allegations against his sister, and when he was done, the magistrate eventually told him he would be further remanded to prison while the case is pending.
According to earlier police reports, Thomas, Charles and Lawrence James were shot on October 5, 2018 at about 6 am, when the accused allegedly went to the house occupied by Liburd and the three victims. Liburd was not home at the time. It is alleged that after the accused asked the other occupants of the house for her and they indicated she was not there, he shot them at close range. He fled the scene and his relatives were taken into protective custody.
The shooting attack occurred while Calvin James was out on bail for allegedly wounding Liburd and another of her daughters three years prior.
Meanwhile, the gun which he allegedly used to commit the crime was allegedly stolen between late September and early October 2018, from a Marble Hill resident.
The accused, who was listed on Interpol as a wanted man following the shooting rampage, was caught by an ex-policeman at Hermitage/Pearns Point in the wee hours of Sunday, January 13, 2019 after managing to evade the police for so long.
After the latest incident, Liburd and several of her children were placed in protective custody, and she subsequently left the country. Upon hearing the news of her brother’s capture, Liburd expressed joy to OBSERVER media, while at the same time saying it was the start of another painful journey in court.