From the Courts
March 20, 2009
Sutherland murder P.I begins

Ten witnesses have already been called to give evidence in the Preliminary Inquiry into the murder of Rakesh Sutherland.

Sutherland’s common-law wife, Shanette Cumberbatch, 22, stands accused of Sutherland’s murder, which took place on October 10, 2008 at their home at Queen’s Drive.{{more}}

On Wednesday, March 18, the prosecution, led by Inspector Nigel Butcher, indicated to the court that five more witnesses will be called to testify in the matter, including two doctors, the investigating officer and two civilians.

It is alleged that Sutherland, a mechanic, was struck on the back of his head with a piece board at approximately 3:45am that morning. He subsequently died two days later at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital.

The matter was adjourned to May 8, when the matter is expected to conclude. Attorney Grant Connell represents the accused.