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Linsbert Bahadur’s conviction upheld

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It went under the radar but on January 9, 2018, the Court of Appeal overturned the murder sentence of 33-year-old Linsbert Bahadur. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of 32-year-old Albert wade, a resident of Santa Elena, who was fatally shot on April 14, 2006. The appeal of his conviction, however, was dismissed and it was affirmed. The court ruled that the sentence of life imprisonment was unconstitutional. Today after more than a decade our news team, along with Wade’s mother, revisited the area where his body was found. Hipolito Novelo reports.

HIPOLITO NOVELO REPORTING…

For the first time since her son was murdered almost 12 years ago, Santa Elena Town Resident Carol Tennyson visited the area where the body of 32-year-old Albert Wade was found.

In April 2006, Wade’s body was found inside his Toyota Camry off the ‘Negro Man Road’, San Ignacio Town. He had been shot in the face.

The man who did it is Linsbert Bahadur. He was Wade’s brother in law at the time and last year, after the fourth retrial, his conviction was upheld by the Court of Appeals.

CAROL TENNYSON, MOTHER OF ALBERT WADE

After the conviction, I was so relieved even though it didn’t bring my son back but I felt a sense of satisfaction that he got exactly what he deserved. If you kill somebody you shouldn’t walk away. You should get some punishment for what you did.

HIPOLITO NOVELO, LOVE NEWS REPORTER 

And the family knew it was him.

CAROL TENNYSON, MOTHER OF ALBERT WADE

 Everybody knew it was him. We all knew it was him from the first day we knew it was him because he called him and asked him to come and pick him up from Negro Man where he was where his vehicle was broken down. My son was in Belize and he kept calling and calling and calling and somebody was along with my son when he called so that person knows that it was this person that was calling because my son said to him ”It’s my brother in law and he wants me to go and pick him up.

As Tennyson showed us pictures of her deceased son, she remembered her reaction when she received the news that Albert Wade had been fatally shot by someone she thought was a family friend.

CAROL TENNYSON, MOTHER OF ALBERT WADE

Well, when I got up the morning and I saw lights on in the house I said ‘what’s wrong.’ because he called me when he came from Belize he, he knocked and I didn’t answer and he said ‘My mom is sleeping.’ but I wasn’t sleeping. So when I got up and I saw the lights on it was like 5 am. I went over there because he lived over there with me with his wife and I said ‘where is Albert ?’ and she said Albert didn’t come home. I said ‘What !’ well I knew right away that something was wrong because he never stayed out no matter what he would always come home and immediately I started to call the police station, I called the hospitals, I said maybe something and they went and went around to look for him and came back and nothing. Then around 9 am a young man came, he worked along the road and he knew us so he came right away and he said ‘Miss I saw your son and he is dead. His car is parked so let’s go’ and I went and there he was. He certainly was dead.

But what is pretty much alive is the question: “Why did Linsbert Bahadur fatally shot Albert Wade?”

CAROL TENNYSON, MOTHER OF ALBERT WADE

One thing was that my son had a lot of money on him that he had just sold two cars; he came back from the states and sold two cars. That is what I believe this is not fact and they took all his money because we didn’t find his wallet on him. And another scenario is that my son, she was married to somebody else before and they had a child and I am of the belief, this is my opinion now, that this guy wanted her back because the persons that were on the scene when my son was killed was the ex-husband, the brother in law and another friend. So it could be any of both why they killed him.

Bahadur remains incarcerated and Tennyson had this message for him.

I want to tell him that he took away my life so spending his life in jail kind of compensates for it because my son was everything to me. He was the head of the family, he was the person that everybody looked up to in my family. He defended us, he loved us, he looked out for us and looked after us. I have never been the same. My life has never been the same since he killed my son. I feel a sense of satisfaction and when I heard he had to stay in jail that was when I got a little bit of spirit back in my life because I know I will not see him out here again. I want him to rot in jail. I want him to die there.

While Bahadur’s appeal was dismissed, the Court of Appeal overturned his life imprisonment sentence. He will be resentenced and according to sources, the sentence might be between 25-25 years behind bars for the charge of murder. This is not including the possibility that the Judge might take into consideration time served. Reporting for Love News, I am Hipolito Novelo.

Two other men, Benjamin Peters and Samuel Neal, were charged jointly with Bahadur. But on December 17, 2008, the Director of Public Prosecutions entered a nolle prosequi in favor of Peters and Neal. On September 2, 2010, a nolle prosequi was entered in favor of Bahadur and he was discharged. The reason was that one of the witnesses for the Crown was out of the jurisdiction. But later the same day Bahadur was rearrested and re-indicted for Wade’s murder. On November 17, 2015, Bahadur was tried a second time, but the trial was aborted because a juror became ill. Then on January 27, 2016, he was tried a third time and this time it was a hung jury. Bahadur was re-indicted on April 18, 2016, and his fourth trial began on June 28, 2016. On July 4, 2016, he was convicted of murder. He was sentenced to life imprisonment on July 13, 2016. The following day he appealed his conviction and sentence. The appeal was heard on June 9, 2017, and the court dismissed it on January 9, 2018. Bahadur was represented by Attorney Oscar Selgado while the Crown was represented by Senior Crown Counsel Sheneiza Smith.

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