Valencia man charged with murder

A Valencia man is expected to appear before a Sangre Grande Magistrate today, charged with the murder of Andre Cruickshank, aka ‘Zion’, and three counts of shooting with intent against the victim’s friends.

Keon Francis aka ‘Boyo’, 21, a mechanic, of Gill Street, Valencia, is also charged with possession of firearm and ammunition, following advice received from Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Joan Honore-Paul, on Monday 12th March, 2018.

Cruickshank, 31, a driver, of Flamboyant Crescent, Valencia, was with a group of friends at a bar located at Quarry Road, Valencia, on Thursday 14th December, 2017, when a masked man riding on a bicycle approached them.

The assailant pulled out a gun and fired at the group.

The victim received several gunshot wounds to the neck and was taken to hospital, where he died one month later, on Friday 19th January, 2018.

The victim’s friends escaped unharmed.

Investigations were supervised by Insp. Shaun Craig, Insp. Christopher Prentice and Sgt. Andrew Stanisford, all of Homicide Bureau of Investigations, Region 2, while Francis was charged by Sgt. Anthony Pierre of the Valencia Police Post on Monday.

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