Monday 19 August, 2019

Mother of Bruceville murder accused believes he is innocent

Merlinda Julian

Merlinda Julian

The mother of the young man of Vieux-Fort who has been charged for the murder of Melvin Romanus George says she is worried that her son may not be given a fair trial.

According to the grieving mother, Merlinda Julian, her concern stems from the rumours which are being peddled on social media about the incident and the treatment she has received from the police, who she accused of playing the role of judge, jury and executioner in the matter.

Her son, Miguel Soumere, 20, made his first court appearance last week and is now remanded in custody. He is expected to return to court on March 12, 2019, for case management. Soumere was charged shortly after being released from hospital. He was allegedly shot in his face by his relative, Irvin Julian, who is currently on remand. The incident occurred in Bruceville, Vieux-Fort, on January 28, 2019.

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Melvin Romanus George was shot in the back of his head by a lone gunman wearing a “hoodie” in the presence of his mother at the Vieux-Fort Fisheries Complex on January 25, 2019.

“There are rumours about me on social media…People are accusing me of making certain statements which I never made,” Julian told Loop News.

She said the things they are saying can put her life in danger.

“Like they want them to kill me…” Julian grieved.

She revealed that her son, who at an earlier age had spent time at the Boys Training Centre, has had several brushes with the law, which she described as minor.

“I will not lie…he has been involved in petty robberies in the past and stole little things like cell phones,” she revealed.

According to the heart-broken mother, she does not believe her son committed the murder because he was not at the scene of the crime when the shooting took place.

She said there are many people who know the person who committed the murder but will not reveal it.

“The people who know the killer will not say anything because they are afraid someone kills them,” Julian said.

She said she is worried about her son’s health while being incarcerated.  

Julian said when the police came to her home searching for a “long black pants, a black mask, a black hoodie, a black long sleeve shirt, and a black shoe,” they found nothing and left empty-handed.

According to Julian, at the Vieux-Fort Police Station, she was treated badly by two police officers who refused to cooperate with her when she made certain enquires about her son, adding that one of the officers slammed a door in her face.

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