Killing of Sir Mars: DPP recommends murder charge for suspect

Police have received legal advice to charge 24-year-old Brian Richard with the murder of educator and comedian, Kirwyn Mars popularly known as ‘Sir Mars’.

The News Room was reliably informed that the file was forwarded to the Chambers of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) who advised the Police to institute a murder charge against Richard.

Richard of John Fernandes Squatting area is scheduled to appear at the Diamond Magistrate’s Court on Friday morning.

‘Sir Mars’ was found pinned between his car and an apartment building fence at Perseverance, East Bank Demerara, with his body crushed and covered in blood on May 7.

Dead: Kirwyn Mars

An autopsy on Wednesday revealed that he was stabbed eight times about his body, including to his chest, right shoulder, collarbone, left hand and right elbow.

The pathologist, Dr Nehaul Singh, gave Mars’ cause of death as crush injuries to the chest compounded by “multiple cutaneous wounds.”

Police, in its official report on Monday, revealed that two knives were recovered at the scene; the incident occurred at about 22:30 hrs.

Richard was arrested on Tuesday at his workplace in Georgetown.

Police Headquarters on Wednesday released photographs of Sir Mars and Richard arriving and leaving the Green City Bar located at the corners of D’Urban Street and Vlissengen Road at about 17:38hrs.

It is alleged that Mars and the suspect had a “misunderstanding” that escalated inside Mars’ vehicle. As a result, both parties armed themselves with knives and stabbed each other.

Mars exited the vehicle in an attempt to escape but the suspect reversed the vehicle and pinned him to the fence.

Richard then exited the vehicle and escaped in a southern direction on foot.

Sir Mars joined the teaching profession in 1992. He was also an actor and comedian. He was the deputy principal at the New Central High School in Georgetown.