Akim Frank who has been charged in the death of Canadian Linnea Veinotte, has been remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison at Richmond Hill, St George.
Frank appeared at the St George’s Magistrate Court today (Monday, 14 December 2015) where the charge of non-capital murder was read to him.
Veinotte’s body was recovered after Frank led police to a wooded area in Golf Course, St George.
An autopsy conducted on Saturday, 12 December 2015, revealed that Veinotte died as a result of blunt force trauma to the chest and lower limb due to a vehicular accident.
Frank is due back in Court on Wednesday, 30 December 2015 for mention, and on Tuesday, 19 January 2016, when the trial is set to begin.
In a media briefing today, Commissioner of Police, Winston James, spoke of Veinotte’s death as unfortunate. COP James also stated that the investigation has been very challenging from the beginning since officers had not a clue as to what had happened.
He thanked the media and the general public for their continued support and assistance in the investigation, which he also stated is ongoing. Commissioner James also expressed deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mrs Veinotte.
Grenada’s Criminal Code (Amendment) Act 29/2012 makes provision for a person to be charged either with non-capital murder or capital murder.
Section 230(B)1 Criminal Code (Amendment) Act 29/2012 states that one commits non-capital murder in circumstances not included under capital murder. The maximum sentencing generally is that of life imprisonment.
Capital murder, considered more of serious nature, carries the death penalty and refers to the death of state person, police officer, prison officer, judicial officer, justice of the peace, juror, et cetera.