Crime Tracker Guyana, since May 2015

Pensioner robbed after withdrawing money from city bank

minutes after making a withdrawal from a Robb Street, Georgetown bank, a Charlestown pensioner was pounced upon by a lone gunman on Wednesday and relieved of the bag containing the money and other personal items.

According to information received, Ron Ramkarran, 75, withdrew $200,000 from the bank and while he was walking along Regent Street, the lone gunman attacked him.

The pensioner put up a fight, but the gunman gun-butted the elderly man to his head resulting in him receiving injuries.

Upon seeing this, a businessman who was in the vicinity discharged four rounds from his licensed firearm into the air to ward off the bandit, but instead the gunman pulled away the bag and escaped in a motor car.

From all indications, the gunman might have trailed Ramkarran from the bank to Regent Street where he carried out the attack.

Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum confirmed the robbery occurred, and noted that the Police are in possession of the registration number of the getaway car and are continuing their investigations.

Two Mondays ago, a businessman and his wife withdrew $2.9 million from the same bank and were robbed at La Penitence after being tailed by two gunmen in a white Toyota Corona motor car.

It was reported that on the day in question, the man and his wife had stopped to make a purchase at a grocery store near Ruimveldt Police Station when the robbery was executed.

One of the gunmen reportedly held the businessman at gunpoint and relieved him of the bag containing the money.

The three men were nabbed last Saturday after they were found tailing another businessman from a city bank. Reports are that the businessman observed that a vehicle was travelling behind him for a prolonged period and phoned the Police, who dispatched a patrol immediately. As the Police were about to intercept the vehicle, the occupants attempted to exit and join a minibus, but were captured.

Lacytown man breaks into Stabroek Market stall

an unemployed man of Alexander Street, Lacytown, Georgetown, was Thursday granted $100,000 bail for breaking and entering by Magistrate Faith McGusty when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.

Leon Obermuller, 43, of 117 Alexander Street, pleaded not guilty to the charge which read that on April 27, at Croal Street and Brummell Place, Stabroek, Georgetown, he broke and entered a store belonging to Vishal Ramnarine with intent to commit a felony.

Police Prosecutor Seon Blackman, in his facts, told the Court that on April 26, Ramnarine secured his business and left for home.

However, on April 27, while at home he received a call from MMC Security personnel informing him that his store had been broken into, since the alarm had gone off.

Ramnarine made his way to his business where he was confronted with Obermuller, who was armed with a dangerous weapon and attacked him. Ramnarine retaliated by discharging three rounds with his licensed firearm aimed at the accused. The suspect was subsequently apprehended and charged for the crime. Obermuller showed no visible signs of injury while in the prisoner’s dock.

Prosecutor Blackman objected to bail based on the nature of the offence committed and the punishment which it attracts and the fact that the defendant was a flight risk. . There was also material evidence submitted.

However, after granting the defendant bail, Magistrate McGusty ordered him to return to Court on June 2.

Businessman slapped with fraudulent conversion, forgery charges

a 48-year-old East Coast Demerara businessman was on Thursday slapped with four charges, including fraudulent conversion and forgery when he appeared before Magistrate Judy Latchman in the Georgetown Magistrates Courts.

Gopaul Tiwarie, of 89 Success Old Road, East Coast Demerara, and proprietor of Speedy’s Enterprise, pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

It is alleged that Tiwarie, on May 28, 2015, being entrusted with $10 million by Ghardarie Sewnarine, to pay to the Deeds Registry, Georgetown, fraudulently converted same into his own use.

The second charge stated that on May 28, 2015, with intent to defraud, the businessman presented a transport to Ghardarie Sewnarine to show it was issued by the Deeds Registry, knowing same to be forged. It is also alleged that the defendant, between April 1, 2015 and May 25, 2015, conspired with persons known and unknown to him, to forge the transport to show it was issued by the Deeds Registry.

The businessman was also slapped with two other counts of unlawfully and maliciously discharging a loaded firearm at Detective Constables Annai and Deonarine, with intent to resist lawful apprehension.

This incident occurred on May 9, 2016 at Diamond, East Bank Demerara

In his bail application, Tiwarie’s Attorney, Bernard Da Silva told the Court that the gun charges were mere allegations against his client, since he was immediately apprehended and dusted for gunpowder residue which was not found.

He also stated that no weapon was found on his client or in his car.

As it relates to the forgery charges, the Attorney argued that given their nature they would demand extensive work and investigation, which will in turn create unnecessary delays.

The Attorney requested reasonable bail for his client who he said usually took care of his sick brother who was diagnosed with cancer.

Police Prosecutor Vishnu Hunte did not object to bail, but requested that the defendant surrender his passport and report weekly to the fraud squad at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) headquarters.

Hunte also told the Court he was seeking further legal advice on the charges.

Tiwarie was granted $500,000 bail for both of the gun charges, and was ordered to lodge his passport at the Court, and report weekly to the fraud department of the CID headquarters.

He will return to Court on May 31, for statements.

Tiwarie have similar matters pending in the courts.

Looks like the professor was Dr Sex with underage kids. This led to his death.

Professor, 75, was slain after inviting girl, 17, into home

MAY 14, 2016 | BY | FILED UNDER NEWS 

-told her wife would be out
Retired professor, Pairadeau Mars, was bound, beaten and strangled last Thursday by a gang of youths shortly after telling a 17-year-old girl to come over to his Prashad Nagar house, since his wife would not be there.

Murdered: Pairadeau Mars

Murdered: Pairadeau Mars

Police are in possession of evidence that showed that the 75-year-old had texted the teen to ask her to come over while his spouse was out.
In custody last night are two girls, aged 17and 15, and three young men aged between 15 and 18. Police also detained a sixth individual who was allegedly found with an item that the killers had stolen from Mars’s Lot 395 Bissessar Street home.
Police recovered a laptop computer, a mobile phone, an Xbox play station, and $20,000 in local currency after arresting the youths, who all reside in Sophia.
The teens have reportedly all admitted to robbing Mars, but also claimed that they had not planned to kill him. They are all likely to be charged with murder by Monday.
The 17-year-old girl was known to Professor Mars, since she had previously lived a few doors away from the victim. She is also said to have been a frequent visitor to the home where the remigrant and his wife lived.
He is said to have often given her small sums of money.
The teen has reportedly told police that after receiving a text message from Mars, she contacted her 16-year-old boyfriend and told him that the elderly man would be alone at home, and they could rob him. The boyfriend reportedly then contacted some of his friends, who became involved in the plot.
Shortly after 14.00 hrs on Thursday, the 17-year-old and a 15-year-old girl went to Mr. Mars’s residence and were invited in.
While the girls were in his study, the elder girl, who had left the front door open, reportedly texted her 17-year-old boyfriend and his associates and told them to enter the house.
The other youths reportedly then entered the study and bound Mr. Mars with duct tape. According to a statement given by the 17-year-old, the retired professor told the teens to take whatever they wanted, but to spare his life.
Instead, some of the youths then gagged the elderly man, then beat and strangled him.
They then gathered up a laptop, play-station, cell phone and $25,000 and other items. After putting the items in suitcases they stopped a passing taxi, which took them to ‘C’ Field, Sophia.
Mr. Mars’s wife, Joan Mars, who was in Linden, spoke to her husband by phone at around 14.00 hrs. She failed to contact him after that.
At around 19.00 hrs, the woman arrived home and found the front door open. She then entered the study and found her husband slumped in a chair, with his hands and feet duct-taped together. Duct tape was also wrapped around his mouth.
Police confirmed that they also found packs of condoms at the scene, as well as sexual stimulants.
The retired professor was taken to the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum said that members of the public provided police with crucial information which resulted in the arrest of the suspects.
Some of the slain man’s neighbours had reportedly told detectives that they had seen the youths arrive at Mr. Mars’s residence and eventually leave with suitcases.
Yesterday, relatives of the detained 15-year-old girl recalled that she had left the family’s Sophia home around 14.00 hrs on Thursday to meet her 17-year-old friend, who was staying at her boyfriend’s home in Sophia.
She eventually returned home, but they were unaware that anything was amiss until detectives turned up at their residence Thursday night to take her into custody.
The teen reportedly does not attend school and lives with her grandmother.
And the mother of the detained 17-year-old girl was still in shock when this newspaper visited her yesterday. The woman said that the teen moved from her home a few months ago.
“We had an argument and she moved out and when I saw her back on Mother’s Day she said she living downstairs by her boyfriend and then I told her something and she get vex and she leave again,” the woman said.
She added that she had no idea that her daughter was having a relationship with the retired professor until the teen gave police a statement following her arrest.
“She (17-year-old suspect) said that the man called her and tell her that his wife in the country but she was not at home. He told her what time to go and when she went there she took a (female) friend (the 15-year-old) with her,” the woman said.
The woman added that when the girls got to the man’s home, he asked them to go into the bedroom and take off their clothes. “He was giving them money. He told them he wants to have sex with the two girls, but they refused.”
According to the woman, her daughter told the police that when they refused, the man started to harass them and that’s when the 15-year-old girl texted a friend and a few minutes later, three males barged into the professor’s home.
“She said that they tied him up and they started to pack stuff from his home and then her boyfriend left with one of the boys to get a taxi and she and her friend were waiting at the man’s door. She said while waiting, she heard a strange noise and when she turned back she see this boy put a plastic bag over the man’s face and suffocate him.”
She said that her daughter told the police that they never planned to kill the man but only to rob him.
The woman said that peer pressure got the best of her daughter.
And the mother of the detained 16-year-old boy said that her son became wayward after he started a relationship with the 17-year-old girl who allegedly planned the robbery.
The woman said that she only agreed for the girl to move into a section of her downstairs so that her son would be in her sight.
She said that on Thursday, she went to work and when she got home her son and his older girlfriend were there and everything seemed normal until the police visited their home around midnight.
She later learnt that someone was killed and that her son played a part in it.
“He told the police that his girlfriend told him that the man give her something to drink and then he had sex with her when she became unconscious.”
The woman added that her son said he got angry and decided to go and teach the man a lesson.
“He said that he collected two friends and they went to the house to rob. He said that they tied the man up and he and his friend went to get a taxi and when they went back to the house, they see that the man was dead so all of them got into the car and left the house,” the woman said.
They then went to a house in Sophia with the stolen items.

Dead: Lennox Norton
Dead: Lennox Norton

Father of nine killed by cousin

 

A FATHER of nine was stabbed to death by his cousin following an argument on Saturday night.Dead is 51-year-old Lennox Norton called “Tip” of Lot 70 Lodge, Georgetown.

Reports reveal that about 21:30hrs, Norton, who is a miner and his cousin Aubrey Clerk were imbibing at the abovementioned address when a heated argument started, resulting in Norton being stabbed to the abdomen.

He succumbed to his injuries while receiving medical treatment at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation. The suspect has not been arrested as yet.

According to the mother of the perpetrator, Winifred Garraway, her son is a quiet individual, who only becomes aggressive when he consumes alcoholic beverages.

She said Norton was staying at their home, since he did not return to the interior to work because he was unwell.

Mrs Garraway said her son, Aubrey Clerk, who also lives at the same address, was having a drink with Norton when she heard the argument and shouted on them to desist.

But, the duo persisted and her calls for peace fell on deaf ear. She is now appealing to the alleged murderer to hand himself over to the police.

“Where would he go? He doesn’t even have a phone for me to contact him, all I want him to know is that he should turn himself into the police station and behave, it is not like him to behave like this,” the mother of nine lamented.”

Berbice man shot during attempted execution

police in Berbice are investigating the shooting of a salesman on Sunday evening at his Portuguese Quarters, Port Mourant, Corentyne, home.

The injured man has been identified as Safraz Bacchus, 31.

Reports are that at about 20:00h at least two men attempted to open a trap door leading to Bacchus’ home but were unsuccessful. After not being able to gain access, a shot was fired in his direction.

At the time, Bacchus was preparing his children’s clothes for school. Reports are that the man initially thought it was the pressing iron that had exploded but soon after noticed a hand holding a firearm through a space in

The house where the shooting took place

The house where the shooting took place

the trap door.

Two other shots were fired, one of which struck Bacchus on his leg.

This newspaper was told that Bacchus pushed his children to safety and shouted for help and the men made their escape by jumping a backyard fence.

Bacchus is currently a patient at the New Amsterdam Hospital.

An eyewitness told this newspaper that the incident was an attack on the man’s life and not an attempted robbery.

It was explained that the man is a witness in a murder case gaining attention of the courts.

According to the informer Bacchus was threatened that he will not live to testify and as a result he stayed indoors all day Saturday but was shot on Sunday.

Despite the threats made to Bacchus he did not report it to the Police.

Divisional Commander Assistant Commissioner Ian Amsterdam said the police are investigating the shooting and confirmed that Bacchus is a witness for the state in a court matter.

However, Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum when contacted told Guyana Times that Police are trying to ascertain the motive for the shooting but they are not ruling out a possible attempted robbery.

He noted that from what he was informed, the man was in his home when he heard some noise emanating from a section of the house. As he looked in the direction, he saw someone attempting to remove a sheet of plywood that was used to block the doorway.

Upon seeing this, he shouted for “thief” but in retaliation, the perpetrator discharged a round hitting him to his leg.

In another thread I already pointed out that the PPP have been reading the statistics of just about everything upside down. The PPP assured the public and their supporters that crime was out of control. But the figures show there is a massive drop. This can mean only one thing, and one thing alone.. There was no crime tracking under the PPP, so everything looked far more peaceful on paper. And that paper was the Chronicle, aided by GINA. Now under new management, the real figures are finally coming to light.

CG bandits caught after robbing woman they followed from bank

MAY 20, 2016 | BY | FILED UNDER NEWS 

Citizens, fed up with increasing acts of banditry, unleashed their anger on two motorcycle bandits who had just relieved an Atlantic Ville resident of her bag with an undisclosed amount of cash.

This composite photo shows the two alleged bandits and seized motorcycle. [Photo compliments of HGPTV)

This composite photo shows the two alleged bandits and seized motorcycle. (Photo compliments of HGPTV)

Thanks to the quick response from police ranks from the Sparendaam Station, the men are lucky to be alive to face charges for their actions.
The men had earlier followed Marilyn Brumigin all the way from a city bank to her Atlantic Ville, East Coast Demerara home and pounced on her.
Police said that at about 14:00 hours yesterday, Brumigin was about to enter her home after transacting business at a bank in Georgetown, when she was attacked and held at gunpoint by two men, one of whom was armed with a handgun, and who had ridden up on a motorcycle.
The woman raised an alarm, but the men took away a bag with a sum of cash.
Divisional Commander Marlon Chapman told Kaieteur News as the men were about to escape, neighbouring residents who had responded to the alarm, including two off-duty policemen, confronted the perpetrators and snatched away the stolen bag with the money.
The two bandits still tried to ride away but were stopped in their tracks when a motorist drove into them, sending them crashing to the ground.
Although, one of the men was armed with a .32 pistol with nine rounds, he had no chance to use it, as they were both swarmed by residents and the two off-duty cops, who gave them an initial thrashing before handing them over to uniformed police ranks who subsequently arrived on the scene.
The bag of cash and the weapon were handed over to the police, and the bandits’ motorcycle was seized.
Commander Chapman said that background checks are being made on the men to see if they have criminal records. Ballistics tests are also being carried out on the weapon that was seized.
Almost two weeks ago a trio who allegedly followed a customer from a city bank was also nabbed. The men have already appeared before a magistrate and were remanded to prison.

Mr.T posted:

Dem get catch under the AFC government. The PPP commander in Chief used to give orders to have them free passage after a robbery.

You mean Granger used to give the PNC police orders to give them free passage? We all know that the PPP was in Government but the PNC controlled the police force. 

Not sure why Kaiteur, Chronicle or Guyana Times did not post this article. So I borrowed from Django's post.

NY-based Guyanese shot in chest on West Demerara

http://www.stabroeknews.com/20...chest-west-demerara/

Drug mule jailed, fined $16.3M

Convicted drug mule Sarfraz Jalaladeen

Convicted drug mule Sarfraz Jalaladeen

less than a day after Sarfraz Jalaladeen, 30, of Riverview, Ruimveldt, Georgetown, was busted at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport with almost 12 pounds of cocaine in milk powder packets, he was sentenced to serve four years in prison and fined $16.3 million.

Jalaladeen made his court appearance on Friday at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before Chief Magistrate,Ann Mc Lennon, where he pleaded guilty to the charge when it was read to him.

Reports are that Jalaladeen, who is a welder, and was travelling for the first time to the United States via a Caribbean Airlines flight, was intercepted by members of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) on Thursday evening when they became suspicious after noticing several packets of what appeared to be powdered milk in the man’s suitcases.

A closer examination revealed that the milk packets were resealed and a further check was undertaken. It was then that the ranks realised that the contents of the packets were cocaine. He was arrested and taken to CANU headquarters where the illegal substance was weighed and proved to be just over 6kg.

Jalaladeen provided a statement to CANU agents and was charged. He also provided additional information to the ranks as they continue their investigations.

He reportedly told CANU ranks that he was promised US$7000 to traffic the illegal substance to New York but did not say if he is was paid an advance. Head of CANU, James Singh when contacted told Guyana Times that the drug enforcement unit will continue to hunt cocaine mules as the Anti-Narcotics Unit continued to crack down on the trafficking of narcotics.

Singh noted that they have beefed up their operations at the two main ports of entry and it has been yielding results.

Buck Hall businessman fined, jailed for

Shawn Jerrick, 32, formerly of Anns Grove, East Coast Demerara, will have to spend three years in prison and an additional 12 weeks for possession of narcotic and illegal spirits. The sentences will run concurrently, however.

The businessman who operates an unlicensed liquor shop at Buck Hall Village, Essequibo, Region 2 (Pomeroon/Supenaam) made his first appearance before Magistrate Sunil Scarce at the Suddie Magistrate’s Court. Jerrick pleaded guilty to possession of narcotics for the purposes of trafficking charge.

According to the prosecution case, on 19 May during a police raid, 70 grams of cannabis was found on his business premises. Acting on information, detectives of G Division of the Guyana Police Force journeyed to Jerrick’s premises where cannabis was found in an abandoned washroom in his upper flat.

He told the court that business is “slow” and he was trying to “catch a fast hand”. He was sentenced to three years imprisonment along with a fine of $30,000.

In addition to that charge, the police also alleged that on 19 May, 2016, during the police raid 568 millilitres and 16 quarter bottles of high wine were unearthed.

The defendant is unlicensed to sell the liquor.

Jerrick was further charged for being in possession of wine, malt and liquor without a valid licence. For that charge he also pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six weeks in prison.

At the end of the trial he broke down as he begged magistrate Scarce to fine him.

However, Magistrate Scarce explained to him that he must face the consequences since what he did were illegal.

 

Take care in Granger's Guyana, you just might end up swimming with the fishes in a black plastic bag.

Missing Spring Garden farmer found floating in Supenaam

MAY 24, 2016 | BY | FILED UNDER NEWS 

A post mortem examination is expected to be performed sometime on Tuesday on the remains of Harry Dyal Basdeo’s decomposed body which was retrieved some time on Monday with suspected marks, in the Supenaam Creek area.
Dyal went missing last Friday and ever since his relatives have mobilised an intense search for the missing man. An examination to assist in concluding Dyal’s death was prompted after his family revealed that the remains of the deceased bore visible marks which are suggesting he may have taken a fatal blow.
The unmarried 45-year- old is a resident of Spring Gardens but according to information, Dyal farmed at Supenaam Creek several miles away from his home. On Friday, however, his family became increasingly alarmed after Dyal failed to return to his Spring Garden, Essequibo Coast home.
A search was launched for the farmer and it eventually led to the discovery of his decomposed body. Dyal was said to be unmarried without children. The bachelor did farming for a living and would sometimes buy and sell to residents on the Essequibo Coast. Dyal’s boat and engine were also recovered.
Just over a month ago, relatives of a missing Pomeroon River man were able to recover his mutilated body miles away from the Pomeroon River only after a neighbour told the police that the man was not missing but instead he was murdered.
The police acting on that information were able to recover the mutilated body in a black plastic bag in a clump of bushes.
Arrests were similarly made and the accused are currently on $2M dollars bail. (Yannason Duncan)

Lone bandit relieves two guards of guns, cash

MAY 25, 2016 | BY | FILED UNDER NEWS 

…escapes with bag of cash and guns

Police are questioning a security guard attached to the RK Security Service to ascertain the

The abandoned security service car outside the bank.

The abandoned security service car outside the bank.

real circumstances surrounding the shooting of his colleague, who was also relieved of a bag containing cash and two firearms outside the Demerara Bank’s branch at Le Ressouvenir, East Coast Demerara, on Monday night.
Police say that security guard Damion Pearce, 24, was shot in his left foot by a bandit who relieved him of the items just as he was about to make a night deposit at the bank. He is presently being treated at a city hospital.
According to a police press release, at about 20:00 hours on Monday, Pearce and 22-year-old Cleveland Pyle, who are attached to the private security service, were making a night deposit at a Bank at Le Ressouvenir, when they were attacked by a man armed with a firearm.
The perpetrator shot Pearce to his left foot and took away the night deposit bag which contained an undisclosed sum of cash that had been collected from business places, and two .32 revolvers with 10 rounds, and escaped in a motor car driven by an accomplice.
Although, the guards were armed with another weapon, no one returned fire at the fleeing bandit, arousing the suspicions of investigators.
The injured Pearce was assisted by his partner Pyle and taken to the hospital, abandoning the company car outside the bank.
A senior police source said that while investigators are questioning Pyle, they are waiting until doctors give the go ahead for them to question the wounded Pearce as they investigate the matter.

Pensioner dies four days after beaten by son

MAY 25, 2016 | BY | FILED UNDER NEWS 

Seventy-one year-old Rickford Bourne died at the Georgetown Public Hospital on Monday evening, four days after being badly beaten by his 36-year-old son Kwame Bourne.

The now dead Rickford Bourne at the hospital last weekend.

The now dead Rickford Bourne at the hospital last weekend.

According to reports, Kwame Bourne would regularly threaten to kill his father when he did not receive money to support his smoking habit. The incident is reported to have happened sometime during last Thursday, May 19, in Turkeyen. It is said that an argument broke out between the father and son. During the quarrel, the son reportedly picked up an iron bar that was used to reinforce a window and struck his father repeatedly about the body.
The now dead man’s daughter, Aisha Bourne who lives some nine houses away, told this newspaper that she received a call from neighbours urging her to check on her father as quickly as possible as they had heard the man screaming. She said that she rushed over but by the time she arrived, her brother was already gone and she found her father lying on the floor trying to bandage his head and covered in blood.
She noted that her father had sustained a deep gash on his right forearm; his left eye was completely swollen shut and had at least three deep cuts in his head.
The woman said that she subsequently took him to the hospital where he was admitted. She noted that her brother, a known drug addict, was in the habit of threatening the elder Bourne and would repeatedly point out the iron bar in his threats. She even indicated that on one occasion as she attempted to intervene in an argument, the suspect had “chucked” her and threatened her as well.
Rickford Bourne according to reports was on life support at the hospital and eventually succumbed to his injuries at approximately 20:00 hrs on Monday. His daughter told Kaieteur News that she was going to visit her father when she received the dreadful news.
Police have indicated that a post mortem will be done today. They have since arrested Kwame Bourne and have identified the iron bar as the weapon used in the attack. The suspect is due to appear in court on Friday to face a charge of murder.

Note that with the police hands untied now that the PNC no longer cry police brutality, they are able to get results. You will also note that there is no public or political outcry of police brutality as we are expected to believe that these men cooperated without a fly touching their hair.

 

RK Security Guards crack, lead cops to buried cash and gun

MAY 26, 2016 | BY | FILED UNDER NEWS 

Two security guards attached to the RK’s Security Service cracked under intense interrogation and led police to recover a stash of cash and a firearm they had reportedly stolen during a staged robbery on Monday night.

The recovered cash and one of the firearms.

The recovered cash and one of the firearms.

The two guards Damion Pearce, 24, and 22-year-old Cleveland Pyle confessed to staging the robbery. They gave investigators information that led to the recovery of the stolen items from a yard at ‘A’ Field Sophia, yesterday.
The cash which amounted to close to three million dollars, along with the firearm, was found in a bucket that was buried in the yard where Damion Pearce lives with his reputed wife, Eulesie Stephens.
It was another major breakthrough for investigators from the Major Crimes Unit of the Criminal Investigations Department, working in collaboration with detectives from the Police East Coast Division.
Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum last night confirmed the success and once again heaped praise on his ranks, who he said worked diligently to crack the case.
He said that both guards and Pearce’s reputed wife are in custody and are assisting with further investigations, while the hunt is on for two other individuals.
The two security guards had claimed that on Monday night they were attacked by a lone gunman who took away a bag containing cash and two handguns, outside the Demerara Bank, Le Ressouvenir, East Coast Demerara branch.
During the incident Pearce was shot in his left foot by the bandit who relieved him of the items just as he was about to make a night deposit at the bank.
Investigators were suspicious from the inception and immediately began questioning the security guards to ascertain the real circumstances surrounding the incident.
The men had told police that about 20:00 hours that night, they were making a night deposit at the bank, when they were attacked by a man armed with a firearm.
The perpetrator shot Pearce to his left foot and took away the night deposit bag which contained cash that had been collected from business places, and two .32 revolvers with 10 rounds, before escaping in a motor car driven by an accomplice.
Although, the guards were armed with another weapon, no one returned fire at the fleeing bandit, arousing the suspicions of investigators.
The injured Pearce was assisted by his partner Pyle and taken to the hospital, abandoning the company car outside the bank.
A senior police source said that investigators began grilling the guards and they eventually confessed to staging the robbery for their personal benefit.
“Imagine a guard taking a shot in his leg just to try to throw the police off. Now he has no money and will be heading to jail,” the police officer said.

Guns guns everywhere under the PNC administration as they had out firearm licence to their friends and family.

Two men shot by licenced firearm holder

MAY 26, 2016 | BY | FILED UNDER NEWS 

Police have detained a licenced firearm holder who reportedly opened fire on a group of men, injuring two of them, during a confrontation yesterday.

The incident occurred in Kitty and while none of the wounded men received life threatening injuries, the licenced firearm holder got a sound thrashing and had to be rescued by ranks of the Guyana Police Force who were summoned to the scene.
This newspaper understands that the two wounded men were among a group who were offloading a container when the licenced firearm holder drove up and parked his vehicle in a manner that affected the men’s operation.
The group of men became annoyed when the licenced firearm holder refused to remove his vehicle despite repeated requests to do so.
Not realizing that the man was carrying a gun, the men swarmed the licence firearm holder and began raining cuffs and kicks about his body.
Kaieteur News was told that the licenced firearm holder whipped out his gun and fired shots at the men, hitting two of them in the process.
But before he could discharge any more rounds he was swarmed and overpowered by the angry mob and held down until the police arrived.
The two men as well as the licenced firearm holder were taken to the hospital for medical attention.
Investigations are continuing.

Four arrested in Berbice marijuana bust

 

By Clifford Stanley

RANKS of the Number 51 and Springlands police stations have arrested four men and impounded two vehicles following the discovery of nine kilogrammes of marijuana in their proximity during a joint mobile patrol Wednesday night.The find was made at an apparent drop-off site alongside the Number 65 Village Public Road, Region Six.

Reports indicate that the cops were on duty around 21: 00hrs when they received a report that some men in two vehicles had been seen acting in a suspicious manner near a derelict vehicle alongside the Number 65 Village Public Road.

The report stated that a man in a silver-grey Toyota 212 was seen taking out a bulky garbage bag from the trunk of the vehicle and placing it in the derelict vehicle.

A white Toyota Raum motorcar was also present at the scene and after depositing the garbage bag, the man re-entered the Toyota 212 and both vehicles drove off and parked some distance away.

Acting on the information , the policemen promptly approached the men in the two vehicles.

They found the bonnet of the Toyota 212 opened,suggesting that the car had broken down. They also saw a man who seemed to be trying to repair the vehicle.

When questioned, the four men denied any wrongdoing.

The policemen then tested the apparently under-repair-vehicle to see whether it had indeed broken down and found that it started without any difficulty.

This aroused their suspicion that something was amiss.

They searched the four men and the vehicles, but not having found anything incriminating, took the suspects to the derelict vehicle some distance away.

On searching the derelict vehicle, they found a garbage bag containing parcels of what they later determined to be compressed cannabis sativa (marijuana), weighing nine kilogrammes.

The four, including a father and a son were taken into custody while the Toyota 212 and the Raum were impounded.

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One Dead, three missing as cutlass pirates strike on the Corentyne

 

THREE fishing vessels were attacked by pirates just before midnight on Friday, leaving one fisherman dead and three others missing on the Corentyne River.

Captain Seepersaud Persaud

Captain Seepersaud Persaud

The dead man, identified as 45-year-old Hemchand Sukdeo, called Dread, of #55 Village, was discovered on Saturday afternoon in a fisherman’s seine during the low tide.

Three of his fellow crew members are still missing, while the captain miraculously survived after being thrown overboard.

The captain, Seepersaud Persaud, 43, of Corriverton, said their boat was attacked by five cutlass-wielding pirates, three of whom were masked. He related that they were approximately five miles in the Atlantic Ocean in Surinamese waters when their boat was approached by pirates, who demanded they hand over their catch valued at $140,000.

They complied as four of the pirates boarded their vessel, while another remained on the pirate boat. Seepersaus said his crew was then tied up and transferred onto the pirates’ boat, and he was instructed to take it ashore with the crew as the pirates took their boat.

Seepersaud said that as he was about to move off, the pirates then asked that he throw overboard two of his men, but he refused. Seepersaud related that he was instead thrown overboard by the pirates.

“As we about to move off, them ask me fuh throw ovah two ah me work man, but me seh me nah do dah, and them push me ovah board and drive off.”

Seepersaud said he swam for approximately three hours, until he saw another boat and was rescued him. They then made contact with the Number 66 Fishermen’s Co-op, which sent a boat to take him ashore.

He later learnt that his boat, which is valued at six million dollars, was used to attack two other vessels, and three of his crew members are still missing, and feared dead since the discovery of Sukdeo’s body.

Those missing are Dhanpaul Rampaul of Number 67 Village, a cane harvester who would seek other employment during the out-of-crop season; Dochan Sukra, 54, also called ‘’Butcher’, of Number 55 Village; and another male, identified only as ‘Boyo’.

Police sources have confirmed detaining a boat matching the description of the one used during the pirate attacks, and have in custody five men who were on board at the time. The boat, ‘Sharda SK’, was seen moored at the # 65 Koker when this newspaper was on scene.

Meanwhile, the crew members of two other fishing vessels which were also attacked on Friday night were said to be safe, but could not get ashore because of the low tide.

Home > TOP STORY > Teen waitress shot in face at Chinese restaurant
The Lucky Star Chinese Restaurant at Better Hope, ECD, where the teen was shot while on duty
The Lucky Star Chinese Restaurant at Better Hope, ECD, where the teen was shot while on duty

Teen waitress shot in face at Chinese restaurant

 

– Worked after school to make ends meet

By Rabindra Rooplall
SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD Onika Luke of Lot 1 Vryheid’s Lust, East Coast Demerara, who would hang up her uniform after school and head for a night job as a waitress to make ends meet, was shot to the face on Friday night after she resisted a gunman’s attempt to rob the Lucky Star Chinese Restaurant in her home village.

Onika Luke

Onika Luke

Now a patient in the Intensive Care Unit of Woodlands Hospital, Onika gave the police a description of her assailant in writing on a piece of paper as investigations continue.

The bandit reportedly entered the restaurant at about 22:40 hrs and ordered a meal, but while paying for the meal, the man allegedly held on to Luke’s hands as she was behind the barred-off counter, then he pulled out a firearm and demanded cash. The teen resisted the assailant, and was shot to her chin whilst he made good his escape.

Luke’s brother, Rickford Ranjee, said he received a call minutes before 23:00hrs on Friday night, informing him that his sister had been shot in her hands.

“Then Chiney man himself come home by us and tell me put on my clothes because my sister get shoot in she hand. When I rush down to the hospital, the nurse tell me my sister get shoot in her hand and the bone break, and the bullet fly through her chin and is lodged in her throat,” he explained.

The distressed brother said that, in the presence of two policemen at the hospital, his sister wrote on a piece of paper the description of the man who had shot her. She told her brother that the person came into the restaurant and ordered a half-portion vegetable fried rice, and she collected the money from the man. It was when she reached for the drawer that the man snatched her by her jersey neck and pulled her into the grillwork barring the counter.

“Then like when he point the gun to shoot her, she tried boxing it away and the bullet (flew) through her hands, hit her chin and (got stuck) in her throat,” Ranjee explained.
Luke attends St. John’s College, and the brother said it was only three months ago that she decided to start working daily after returning home from school to assist with paying her own bills and look after her development. She would normally work from 17:00hrs to 22:00hrs.

Ranjee said the supermarket adjacent to the restaurant was robbed last year, and a Chinese man had been shot in his leg in that incident.

Ranjee said the same person who had shot his sister had recently threatened to kidnap her after he had noticed her going home late at night. He said she detailed all this to him in writing on a piece of paper on Saturday morning.

She said that the shooter has a tattoo to his neck; it is someone she was accustomed to seeing about the place, he explained.

Residents in the area said the restaurant opened for business almost four months ago.

Two armed robbery suspects escape from Providence Station

MAY 29, 2016 | BY | FILED UNDER NEWS 

Police are trying to track down two robbery suspects who escaped from the Providence Police Station around 04.05 hrs yesterday, while only two female ranks and a male colleague were on duty.

Sources identified the escapees as Kevin Rose, 19, of Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara; and Shemar Moore, 20, of Bagotstown, East Bank Demerara.
Rose is said to be in custody for armed robbery, discharging a firearm, and possession of an unlicenced firearm. Moore was being held for armed robbery.
Kaieteur News understands that the prisoners escaped via a hole they made in one of the walls of the lockups.
At the time, a female lance corporal, a female detective constable, and one of their male colleagues were the only ranks at the station.
According to reports, one of the female ranks heard a strange noise in the vicinity of the lockups at the time of the escape.
On checking, she reportedly saw Rose exiting a hole in wall of the lockups. Shemar Moore, the other prisoner, reportedly then emerged and pushed the policewoman to the ground before he and Rose fled from the compound.
It is unclear whether the ranks have been placed under close arrest.
In July, 2009, Health Ministry arson suspects Kurt Thierens called, ‘Bage’ or ‘Glasses’, and Colin Jones, called “Bonny”, escaped from the Providence Police Station lockups, under circumstances that are still unclear.
A female police Lance Corporal was charged for negligently causing their escape. The charges were subsequently dismissed.

Rapist attacks Supenaam mother

MAY 29, 2016 | BY | FILED UNDER NEWS 

A Supenaam mother of two who was raped early Friday morning by a resident who frequented her shop was taken for treatment for an injured left thumb at the Suddie Public Hospital.

The young mother is now concerned about contracting a disease. Her husband was not at home when she was raped.
The mother of two young children, aged seven and nine years old, related that during the course of Friday night after securing her house, she woke up and ventured outside into the yard to use her bathroom.
After returning to bed some moments later she was awakened to find a man over her. The woman said that the individual had something over his head and back but she was able to recognise him because he called out her name. The woman said that the man was armed with a knife and warned her not to scream.
Frightened, the woman was helpless and couldn’t have done much to help herself.
After being raped, the woman then called someone who has connections with the police, then called her mother. She was taken to the Suddie Police Station where she related the incident, then to the Suddie Public Hospital where she was treated for a cut to her thumb after she tried to remove the knife which was placed to her neck by the rapist.
The home intruder is known to residents in the Village. There were other reports of him attacking and raping two other young women in the Supenaam area. Attempts on two other young women were also made by the same intruder. It is not clear whether police have been able to apprehend the home intruder as yet.
Earlier this year, a Windsor Castle, Essequibo Coast woman was raped by a young man who travelled from Richmond Village some distance away. This woman lived alone. The police were able to arrest and charge the man.
He admitted to being apart of a gang who prey on women who live alone.

Several injured in Banks Beer Concert stampede

MAY 30, 2016 | BY | FILED UNDER NEWS 

A fight between two men which turned into a melee brought a premature end to the Banks-Beer golden jubilee concert.
The event was shut off at approximately 3am at the behest of the Guyana Police Force after patrons were sent scurrying by the sound of the gunshots.
The fight broke out a little after 3am and persons in the immediate area scattered as bottles were thrown around. Several persons scaled the VIP barricade which was eventually broken down in their bid to escape the bottles. According to reports a number of persons were injured, some during the stampede to escape the bottles while others sustained cuts and lacerations from broken glass.

The scene at the premature end to the Banks Beer Jubilee Fest.

The scene at the premature end to the Banks Beer Jubilee Fest.

The injured patrons went to the Diamond Diagnostic Center where they were treated and sent home. According to sources no one was hospitalized and there were no serious injuries.
Promoters were advised by Police officials to call the show to an end just as patrons were awaiting the headliner, Busy Signal to come onstage.
In another report a police source told this newspaper that a man was shot to his hand in an attempted robbery. The source said that two men, one armed with a handgun pounced on the victim as he was walking to his car just outside of the stadium and attempted to relieve him of his belongings. But during the attempt, they saw some Police ranks approaching and let off a single shot hitting the man in his hand. They subsequently made good their escape. The gunshot victim sought treatment at a City Hospital and was discharged. Investigations are ongoing.

Visiting British soldier robbed of priceless possessions

JUNE 1, 2016 | BY | FILED UNDER NEWS 

Former British soldier Edward John Constant was enjoying the famous Guyanese hospitality, but this all came to an end on Monday when a known thief shattered his historic holiday.

Former British soldier Edward Constant demonstrates how the thief grabbed him and snatched off his jewellery.

Former British soldier Edward Constant demonstrates how the thief grabbed him and snatched off his jewellery.

Seventy-year-old Constant was robbed of his cherished gold chain and a symbolic ring by a man known as “Quarter,” and although the soldier tried valiantly to retrieve the items, his younger assailant managed to escape.
And although police investigators have been able to ascertain the identity of the thief, up to press time there was no word of him being apprehended.
Constant, who is in Guyana to celebrate the country’s Golden Independence anniversary in keeping with a pledge he made 50 years ago, said that on Monday morning, he left the city hotel he was staying at, to go down to a bank to exchange some foreign currency.
He did not get to complete the transaction, so he decided to go sightseeing around the Stabroek Market area, where he began taking photographs.
“The next thing I knew was that someone had grabbed my shirt from behind and pulled it, he said demonstrating the action while speaking to this newspaper.
In the process, the thief had grabbed his gold chain to which was attached a diamond-crested ring.
“As he pulled it, he came towards me and I hit him….it was more out of temper, because I saw his face for about a second and I just punched him to the side of the head and he was gone,” the former British soldier related.
He ran after the fleeing man, shouting “Stop! Thief!” while chasing him towards the Stabroek Market.
Constant gave up the chase after running over some wooden planks and being barefooted, the task was onerous.
He was sure that if the odds were a little better he would have caught the thief, who disappeared into the crowded Stabroek Market.
“I thought, I’ve still got my iPad, I’ve got my money, I thought it’s not worth it.”
Fighting to hold back tears, Constant said that the stolen items mean a lot to him.
“My wife bought me the gold chain….she bought me a gold chain before she died and I put her wedding ring and her engagement ring on it and it’s gone,” the former soldier lamented.
Although he spoke of one man, Constant said that he was told by the police that the perpetrators were two youths.
He said that “a very nice taxi driver” came up and identified one of the thieves.
“He said ‘I know that man.” ….he said his (the thief’s) name was Quarter,” the British National recalled.
He said that he eventually picked up his slippers that he left behind while chasing after the thief, and after putting them back on, he made his way to the Brickdam Police Station where he reported the matter.
Constant told Kaieteur News that after speaking to the relevant officer, he was taken back to the Stabroek Market where the information was passed on to some plainclothes ranks who were already there.
A few minutes later, the investigators sought to obtain footage from a surveillance camera located in the vicinity where Constant was robbed.
He was the taken back to the station where he gave a detailed statement.
“My chain was thick round gold, British gold, nine carat. But it’s the rings, my wife’s engagement ring was a ruby diamond cluster,” Constant said.
Monday’s experience is a stark contrast to some experiences that Constant had a few days earlier.
He spoke of being shepherded back to his hotel with all his medals by a man he befriended and who even bought him a few beers.
But despite his loss, Constant insisted that he will spend out the rest of his holiday and hopes that by the time it is done, the police would have captured the thief.
A senior police official, when contacted vowed that the Force will leave no stone unturned to capture the thief, who he said would pay a huge price for bringing Guyana into disrepute.

Female security guard murdered in Crane

JUNE 1, 2016 | BY | FILED UNDER NEWS 

– suspect held
Police are investigating the murder of a female security officer, who was found dead in her home early

Murdered: Latchmin Shivpujan called ‘Radika

Murdered: Latchmin Shivpujan called ‘Radika

yesterday morning.
The dead woman was identified as 49-year-old Latchmin Shivpujan called ‘Radika,’ of 3233 Crane Old Road, West Coast Demerara. The victim was a security guard attached to the Kalibur Investigative and Security Services.
Information reaching this publication is that screams were heard coming from Shivpujan’s tiny one-bedroom apartment sometime around midnight on Monday.
Although details of the incident remain sketchy, Kaieteur News has learnt that the woman lived alone; she occupied the lower flat of a two-storey house but was frequently visited by male friends; one of whom is currently in police custody assisting with investigations.
A resident living a short distance from where the incident occurred recalled that the police were called in during the night, but they only responded “at day clean.”
“You know how long the police get call, but dem only come till around (6:00 am) the next morning. By then she (Shivpujan) done stiff,” the resident stated.
The mother of two was found lying in a pool of blood. The victim bore several injuries including three stab wounds about her body. Shortly after the police arrived, Shivpujan’s body was removed from the apartment and transported to a nearby funeral parlour.
When Kaieteur News visited the scene of the crime, neighbours were reluctant to speak of the incident. However, a few residents described Shivpujan as ‘a friendly guard lady” who worked a short distance from where she lived.

The two-storey house located at Crane Old Road in which the body of the murdered security guard was found yesterday.

The two-storey house located at Crane Old Road in which the body of the murdered security guard was found yesterday.

“I can’t tell you anything much about what happened to her last night, but I know she used to work security at the Lands and Surveys Office on the Public Road,” one woman stated. When contacted, Shivpujan’s former co-workers expressed shock at the news. They described the woman as an easy-going, chatty and friendly person, but noted she hardly spoke of her relatives.
“She only said that she has one sister who lives at Hague, (West Coast Demerara) and two children living outside (overseas).”
At the sister’s Hague, West Coast Demerara residence, relatives noted that they only learnt of the murder via the media.
Mahadai Singh, the woman‘s sister, told this publication that she had not spoken to Shivpujan for nearly two decades. Singh said that she and her sister were estranged because she did not agree with her (Shivpujan’s) lifestyle.
The woman claimed that several years ago, her sister had been living in Venezuela, but returned to Guyana with her two children.
“She come from Venezuela wid de two children and was staying by me, then she suddenly pick up sheself and lef’ de children behind and never look back.”
Singh said that she cared for the children for two months before she came to the realization that her sister was not coming back to get her children, hence she sent them back to Venezuela to live with their father. Singh said that since then her sister had shut her out of her life. She said Shivpujan refused to have anything to do with her eight siblings and other family members.
“Me had to send dem (children) back, but she been vex and seh that me tell people that she abandon she children, but me had no choice, she want to live she life and me can’t stop she, but me couldn’t look at the children. Me had me own children to look after.”
“She does keep away from everybody. She doesn’t even come around (us) because she always causing a problem …. The last thing I heard about she is that she was working at a security service and living in Crane. I can’t even tell you what she house look like, ‘cause me never been at she,” Singh added.
But although she did not share a close relationship with her sister, the woman noted that she is still curious about the circumstances surrounding her death.
Last evening, a police source confirmed that a male suspect, also a security officer, has been taken into custody for the murder. The suspect is said to have shared an intimate relationship with the woman prior to the incident.

Under this administration of Jackass Granger, even the firemen stealing to get their piece of the pie, following in the footstep of govt who voted themselves 50% raises.

Firemen caught with stolen items from Traffic Chief’s burnt house

JUNE 1, 2016 | BY | FILED UNDER NEWS 

Four firemen have been handed over to the police after they were implicated in the theft of items from the home of Traffic Chief Dion Moore, where they had gone to extinguish a fire on Monday night.

The Traffic Chief’s house at Belfield, East Coast Demerara.

The Traffic Chief’s house at Belfield, East Coast Demerara.

The men were detained after a cellular phone that was stolen from the Traffic Chief’s house at Belfield, East Coast Demerara, was found under the seat of the fire tender they were in.
For a while now, residents have been complaining that they have been losing items from their homes after firefighters would have carried out work there, but no one was actually found culpable.
The suspicions were manifested yesterday.
Police Commander Marlon Chapman told this newspaper that firefighters were summoned to Moore’s house to tackle a fire. While there, they had to enter the building to carry out their work. When they were done and Moore examined the interior of his house, he noticed that two cellular phones were missing. He contacted the senior fireman at the scene and made enquiries.
The firemen denied removing the items and were allowed to leave, thinking that they had gotten away with their nefarious act. However, soon after leaving the scene, their vehicle was stopped and searched and one of the cell phones was found under the driver’s seat.
Of course the actions of the firemen have caused great embarrassment to the Chief Fire Officer Marlon Gentle and the rest of his ranks.
Gentle in an invited comment expressed disgust over the incident, especially since the actual firefighting work was done excellently.
“They have tarnished the work that they went to do at the traffic chief’s house,” Gentle said.
He explained that after the phone was found, the matter was reported to the fire service and the ranks placed into the custody of their superiors, who conducted an internal investigation.
“We have finished our internal investigations and we are handing them over to the police,” the Fire Chief stated.
Gentle confirmed that there were four firefighters on the truck in which the stolen phone was found.
“I’m not saying that all of them did it, but somebody had to be responsible.”
The fire chief emphasised that there is no place in his organisation for persons who will destroy the good name of the Guyana Fire Service, and as such, his administration has dealt with the manner in the appropriate way. He said that what is most disgusting is that the act was perpetrated on a member of a sister Joint Service organization.
“As long as you steal, it is a criminal offence and I have to maintain the integrity of the 500-plus ranks under me. Public trust must be maintained,” the fire chief declared.

Suspect in goldsmith robbery nabbed in N/A raid

JUNE 1, 2016 | BY | FILED UNDER NEWS 

In what has been described by Commander Assistant Commissioner Ian Amsterdam as more police- community partnership, the police seem to be getting more cooperation from the public, coupled with widening intelligence-

[Inset) Wanted man, Joel Grannum and other men held in the raid.

(Inset) Wanted man, Joel Grannum and other men held in the raid.

gathering mechanisms.

On Monday the cops received information that a wanted man was hiding in a tenement yard at the junction of Ferry Street and Princess Elizabeth Road in New Amsterdam.  The lawmen responded immediately and held a number of persons, male and female, including a man wanted for a number of criminal activities.
The man, Joel Grannum, gave a number of addresses including Samaroo Dam, Pouderoyen, West Bank Demerara and Edinburgh, East Bank Berbice, among others. He is wanted for armed robbery and attempted murder committed on a goldsmith and his 16-year-old son at Rosignol on April 2.
Grannum was allegedly in company with another man on motorcycles when they committed the act. Another man, Bharat Madray ,27, of Shieldstown, West Coast Berbice, who was said to be the brain behind the act has already been charged.  Grannum will be grilled on the abovementioned and a number of other misdemeanors in Berbice and Demerara.
Two men who were also in the tenement yard when the police raided, were found with marijuana in their possession.

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Visiting British soldier robbed of priceless possessions

JUNE 1, 2016 | BY | FILED UNDER NEWS 

Former British soldier Edward John Constant was enjoying the famous Guyanese hospitality, but this all came to an end on Monday when a known thief shattered his historic holiday.

Former British soldier Edward Constant demonstrates how the thief grabbed him and snatched off his jewellery.

Former British soldier Edward Constant demonstrates how the thief grabbed him and snatched off his jewellery.

Seventy-year-old Constant was robbed of his cherished gold chain and a symbolic ring by a man known as “Quarter,” and although the soldier tried valiantly to retrieve the items, his younger assailant managed to escape.
And although police investigators have been able to ascertain the identity of the thief, up to press time there was no word of him being apprehended.
Constant, who is in Guyana to celebrate the country’s Golden Independence anniversary in keeping with a pledge he made 50 years ago, said that on Monday morning, he left the city hotel he was staying at, to go down to a bank to exchange some foreign currency.
He did not get to complete the transaction, so he decided to go sightseeing around the Stabroek Market area, where he began taking photographs.
“The next thing I knew was that someone had grabbed my shirt from behind and pulled it, he said demonstrating the action while speaking to this newspaper.
In the process, the thief had grabbed his gold chain to which was attached a diamond-crested ring.
“As he pulled it, he came towards me and I hit him….it was more out of temper, because I saw his face for about a second and I just punched him to the side of the head and he was gone,” the former British soldier related.
He ran after the fleeing man, shouting “Stop! Thief!” while chasing him towards the Stabroek Market.
Constant gave up the chase after running over some wooden planks and being barefooted, the task was onerous.
He was sure that if the odds were a little better he would have caught the thief, who disappeared into the crowded Stabroek Market.
“I thought, I’ve still got my iPad, I’ve got my money, I thought it’s not worth it.”
Fighting to hold back tears, Constant said that the stolen items mean a lot to him.
“My wife bought me the gold chain….she bought me a gold chain before she died and I put her wedding ring and her engagement ring on it and it’s gone,” the former soldier lamented.
Although he spoke of one man, Constant said that he was told by the police that the perpetrators were two youths.
He said that “a very nice taxi driver” came up and identified one of the thieves.
“He said ‘I know that man.” ….he said his (the thief’s) name was Quarter,” the British National recalled.
He said that he eventually picked up his slippers that he left behind while chasing after the thief, and after putting them back on, he made his way to the Brickdam Police Station where he reported the matter.
Constant told Kaieteur News that after speaking to the relevant officer, he was taken back to the Stabroek Market where the information was passed on to some plainclothes ranks who were already there.
A few minutes later, the investigators sought to obtain footage from a surveillance camera located in the vicinity where Constant was robbed.
He was the taken back to the station where he gave a detailed statement.
“My chain was thick round gold, British gold, nine carat. But it’s the rings, my wife’s engagement ring was a ruby diamond cluster,” Constant said.
Monday’s experience is a stark contrast to some experiences that Constant had a few days earlier.
He spoke of being shepherded back to his hotel with all his medals by a man he befriended and who even bought him a few beers.
But despite his loss, Constant insisted that he will spend out the rest of his holiday and hopes that by the time it is done, the police would have captured the thief.
A senior police official, when contacted vowed that the Force will leave no stone unturned to capture the thief, who he said would pay a huge price for bringing Guyana into disrepute.

Major disgrace.

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Visiting British soldier robbed of priceless possessions

JUNE 1, 2016 | BY | FILED UNDER NEWS 

Former British soldier Edward John Constant was enjoying the famous Guyanese hospitality, but this all came to an end on Monday when a known thief shattered his historic holiday.

Former British soldier Edward Constant demonstrates how the thief grabbed him and snatched off his jewellery.

Former British soldier Edward Constant demonstrates how the thief grabbed him and snatched off his jewellery.

Seventy-year-old Constant was robbed of his cherished gold chain and a symbolic ring by a man known as “Quarter,” and although the soldier tried valiantly to retrieve the items, his younger assailant managed to escape.
And although police investigators have been able to ascertain the identity of the thief, up to press time there was no word of him being apprehended.
Constant, who is in Guyana to celebrate the country’s Golden Independence anniversary in keeping with a pledge he made 50 years ago, said that on Monday morning, he left the city hotel he was staying at, to go down to a bank to exchange some foreign currency.
He did not get to complete the transaction, so he decided to go sightseeing around the Stabroek Market area, where he began taking photographs.
“The next thing I knew was that someone had grabbed my shirt from behind and pulled it, he said demonstrating the action while speaking to this newspaper.
In the process, the thief had grabbed his gold chain to which was attached a diamond-crested ring.
“As he pulled it, he came towards me and I hit him….it was more out of temper, because I saw his face for about a second and I just punched him to the side of the head and he was gone,” the former British soldier related.
He ran after the fleeing man, shouting “Stop! Thief!” while chasing him towards the Stabroek Market.
Constant gave up the chase after running over some wooden planks and being barefooted, the task was onerous.
He was sure that if the odds were a little better he would have caught the thief, who disappeared into the crowded Stabroek Market.
“I thought, I’ve still got my iPad, I’ve got my money, I thought it’s not worth it.”
Fighting to hold back tears, Constant said that the stolen items mean a lot to him.
“My wife bought me the gold chain….she bought me a gold chain before she died and I put her wedding ring and her engagement ring on it and it’s gone,” the former soldier lamented.
Although he spoke of one man, Constant said that he was told by the police that the perpetrators were two youths.
He said that “a very nice taxi driver” came up and identified one of the thieves.
“He said ‘I know that man.” ….he said his (the thief’s) name was Quarter,” the British National recalled.
He said that he eventually picked up his slippers that he left behind while chasing after the thief, and after putting them back on, he made his way to the Brickdam Police Station where he reported the matter.
Constant told Kaieteur News that after speaking to the relevant officer, he was taken back to the Stabroek Market where the information was passed on to some plainclothes ranks who were already there.
A few minutes later, the investigators sought to obtain footage from a surveillance camera located in the vicinity where Constant was robbed.
He was the taken back to the station where he gave a detailed statement.
“My chain was thick round gold, British gold, nine carat. But it’s the rings, my wife’s engagement ring was a ruby diamond cluster,” Constant said.
Monday’s experience is a stark contrast to some experiences that Constant had a few days earlier.
He spoke of being shepherded back to his hotel with all his medals by a man he befriended and who even bought him a few beers.
But despite his loss, Constant insisted that he will spend out the rest of his holiday and hopes that by the time it is done, the police would have captured the thief.
A senior police official, when contacted vowed that the Force will leave no stone unturned to capture the thief, who he said would pay a huge price for bringing Guyana into disrepute.

Major disgrace.

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Home > TOP STORY > Man kills wife at workplace
Candacy Pitt and her husband in happier times.
Candacy Pitt and her husband in happier times.

Man kills wife at workplace

 

By Rabindra Rooplall
THIRTEEN years of marriage ended in bloodshed Wednesday night after Candacy Pitt, called “Cindy,” was hacked to death by her husband Athlone Pitt while she was at work as a security guard at Bygeval Secondary School.The 31-year-old woman, who had no children, was on duty at the school located behind her Chelsea Park, Mahaica, East Coast Demerara residence.

The depressed mother Evonne Andrews

The depressed mother Evonne Andrews

According to a police report, she worked as a security guard at the school and was attacked about 21:45hrs by her husband at her workplace where she was dealt multiple chops about her body.

However,the police noted that he first attacked and chopped her cousin, security guard Brenda Thomas, 51, of Chelsea Park who had denied him entry into the compound to see his wife. Mrs. Pitt and her cousin Thomas were both on duty at the time of the attack.

They were rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where Mrs. Pitt was pronounced dead on arrival, while Brenda Thomas was admitted. The husband, Athlone Pitt surrendered to the police and confessed to the crime. He is currently in police custody assisting with the investigation.

The dead woman’s mother Evonne Andrews said her daughter began working almost two months ago at the school as a security guard. She explained that her daughter who lived in a neighbouring building would spend most of the time with the family.

“Her husband was a lazy drunkard who hardly worked, he was a driver. I can’t remember the last time when he worked, he would normally be drinking all over the place and would threaten her whenever she is over here,” Mrs. Andrews, a mother of three, said.

However,the couple never sought counselling, Mrs. Andrews said, but her daughter would attend church and hope for the best.

The tearful mother said she is seeking justice from the police and the courts, since such an act is barbaric, considering that the family was kind and decent towards him.

“How do you describe a person who you fetch food from your parents’ house to give, they give you land to build a house, you treat him like a son, how do you describe a person like that when they turn around and kill your child. There are no words to express it,” a cousin of the deceased, Mrs. Pitt Shaundelle Singh said sadly.

“He getting free everything, free water, free current, he getting from what ‘Cindy’ father and mother working for, the man is a waste.”

The cousin further said that on each occasion that “Cindy” gets a cellphone her husband smashed it up out of a jealous rage. She can’t even communicate with her family on Facebook. “He always threatening she with a gun, we don’t know if it’s real or toy, he always threatening her to kill her or her family.”

Singh explained that the security guard Brenda Thomas who was chopped had spoken to Mr. Pitt about his unwarranted attack and behaviour when dealing with his wife. “I talk to him too, I told him off and I hear he say he would have killed me. He was a two-faced person, he pretending in front of his wife and behind her back he always talk foolishness.”

She said that Mr. Pitt always was a jealous and insecure man because his wife was beautiful and simple.

“The man is so stupid, if she wanted to leave she could have, because she had no children to remain in the relationship for any reason, and she could have packed and move because in 13 years they had no children,” she emphasised.

The cousin added that she took Mrs. Pitt to the hospital to inquire about pregnancy options but it was never followed up because it appeared as if the husband was the problem. “I use to tell her she is getting old and it would be nice to have a child, he always drinking and damaging himself and doing everything to make the woman life hell.”

She disclosed that Mr. Pitt six months ago did a surgery for hernia and his wife and relatives aided and assisted all they could during the process.
“How can he turn around and chop a woman who loved him so much,” Mrs. Singh questioned. “He had to plan what he would have done because he didn’t kill her when she was home, because he knew people would have dealt with him severely so he did it when she was at work.”
She said after committing the act, Mr. Pitt had pulled a hoodie over his head and quickly jumped on a bicycle and made his way to the police station before residents and relatives caught him. “If he had walked, he wouldn’t have reach the police station alive…He does threaten to kill her mother and people in the family; that is why she does go home back with he, and try to be nice to him. But now, look what happened.”
The dead woman’s sister, Isabelle Andrews, said every night for the past two weeks she saw Mr. Pitt walking with a cutlass in his hand going at the school compound threatening his wife and terrorising her outside the school compound.

“He had said he would have killed my father and mother and the entire family. He treated her very bad and this is the result – he even assaulted her at a wedding one night because she dance with a relative,” she said.

According to relatives, “Cindy” was always jovial and smiling and never showed anyone a bad face, although she was in an abusive relationship.

Bandits tie up guards, rob M&M Snackette of $$millions

JUNE 3, 2016 | BY | FILED UNDER NEWS 

– Ordeal recorded on CCTV
Five heavily-armed bandits stormed the M&M Snackette in Peters Hall, East Bank Demerara (EBD) in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, and escaped with millions after tying up two security guards and two construction workers.

Mahendra Mookram pointing to where the men entered the compound.

Mahendra Mookram pointing to where the men entered the compound.

The entire ordeal was recorded on surveillance cameras. The footage showed the men, with pieces of cloth wrapped around their faces, going through each drawer in the fast food outlet’s main office, hunting for cash.
It is unclear if the workers who were tied up provided the men with the location of the office but in the footage, the men knew exactly where they needed to go and which lock they had to break to get to the cash.
This transpired around 01:40 hrs on Wednesday. The men gained entry into the compound by cutting a mesh fence at the back of the compound. Once inside, they pounced on the two construction workers who were sleeping under a shed at the back of the building.
The bandits then went to the front of the building and dragged the two security guards to the back where they tied everyone.
While one of the armed men kept an eye on the workers, the remaining four were seen rummaging the office. The workers were not injured.
One of the Directors, Mahendra Mookram said that when the bandits left the property, the workers managed to free themselves and called him.
“When I come here, the whole office ransacked. The place where the money was kept was broken and then we started looking at the footage. Four persons were seen in the video, but one was with the workers,” Mookram said.
The businessman said that his losses amount to millions, and it would certainly affect the ongoing construction at the entity. “Three days’ sales and money for construction work were there.”
“Basically, they cut all the locks with nippers and crowbars. They had to cut about five locks. There are two doors to the entrance, one mesh and grill, and then the glass door,” Mookram explained.
He said that the men walked with all the necessary tools to carry out the attack. At one time, the footage showed the men as they left and later returned with additional tools—a nipper.
They all wore gloves as they went about searching for cash.
Last November, bandits carried out a similar attack at the establishment.
According to the businessman, they entered the compound and made a hole in the wall where they gained entry and escaped with cash.
No one was arrested then and no one has been arrested for Wednesday’s robbery. Investigations are ongoing.

Gunmen storm RDC H/Q, torch safes

JUNE 3, 2016 | BY | FILED UNDER NEWS 

Police on the East Coast of Demerara have initiated a hunt for four gunmen who stormed the Regional Democratic Council Office at BV/Triumph, and escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash. The incident occurred around 02:00 hours yesterday.

According to the police, the four men, armed with handguns, stormed the headquarters of the Region Four Democratic Council. They relieved one of two security guards of cash and valuables, tied the men up, and proceeded to torch two safes in the building following which they carted off an undisclosed sum of cash.
The guards eventually managed to free themselves and reported the matter to the police.
No arrests have been made as yet. Investigations are continuing.

Mechanic stabbed to death during argument

JUNE 4, 2016 | BY | FILED UNDER NEWS 

Investigators are probing the circumstances which led to the death of a 28-year-old man at

Dead: Orrett West

Dead: Orrett West

Plaisance, East Coast Demerara (ECD).

Orrett West, a father of one of Tucville Terrace, was killed around 00:30 hr yesterday at popular liming spot in Vigilance.
He was stabbed to his chest in full view of his girlfriend, who provided police with a detailed description of the killer and what transpired early yesterday.
The suspect is on the run.
According to information received, the mechanic and his killer had an argument during which he was stabbed to death.
Police in a release said that investigation so far revealed that the father of one was in company of his girlfriend, when an argument ensued between him and a man, who he had an ongoing dispute with.
During the argument, the assailant pulled out a knife and fatally stabbed West in the region of his left side chest and escaped.
At his home yesterday, his mother asked for her son’s death be kept on the down-low. The woman, who refused to give her name, said that her son left home last night to go to Guinness Bar weekly lime when he was killed.
”He and somebody had an argument and like he get in a fight and he get stabbed,” the woman said while doing her chores.
She did not want to divulge any more information.

Ex-lover on the run after pistol whipping woman

JUNE 4, 2016 | BY | FILED UNDER NEWS 

A Kuru Kururu woman was left nursing lacerations to her face and the back of her head after her ex-lover reportedly pistol-whipped her during which the firearm went off, grazing her cheek.

Natasha Harry, assaulted by ex-lover

Natasha Harry, assaulted by ex-lover

It is reported that 31-year-old Natasha Harry had to be rushed to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre for emergency medical attention shortly after an estranged lover allegedly whipped out a gun and hit her about the head and face during a heated argument.
According to police sources, during the assault the firearm accidentally went off and as a result Harry sustained a wound to her cheek.
Kaieteur News spoke to the injured woman’s sister who lives within a stone’s throw from Harry at Kuru Kururu on the Linden/Soesdyke Highway.
Harry’s sister told this newspaper that some time on Thursday night between 20:00 hours and 21:00 hours she was at home relaxing when she heard a gunshot and immediately after, her sister’s two young sons came running and screaming; “Mommy geh shoot! Mommy geh shoot!”
The woman who asked not to be named stated that she ran over but on her way she saw her sister walking over in a dazed state with blood dripping from her face.
The woman related that she then contacted neighbours and they hurriedly transported the injured Harry to the Diamond Diagnostic Center where she was treated, Harry was then transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital Inc. (GPHC) and later discharged.
Harry’s assailant who is known to her relatives as “Shawn”, after assaulting her, reported took away her cell phone and fled the scene. Up to 19:00 hours yesterday when this newspaper contacted Harry’s sister, she indicated that they (relatives) tried calling the phone but “Shawn” would let it ring out only to call back and threaten that he “isn’t done, I’m going to come back and finish the job.”
A high ranking Police official told this newspaper that all efforts are being made to apprehend the suspect and that they have obtained information about his whereabouts, the source stated that he is expected to be brought in for justice very soon.

Indian criminals too.

Five pirates charged with High Seas murder

JUNE 4, 2016 | BY | FILED UNDER NEWS 

Five men who are accused of high seas piracy have been charged with murder. The men are accused of murdering Hemchand Sukdeo, 46, a father of five of No. 55 Village, Corentyne, Berbice during an act of piracy.

The five men who were charged.

The five men who were charged with murder.

The pirates who are all fishermen are Ramchan Latchman, 23, married and a father of two of No. 65 Village, Corentyne; Ganesh Naidoo, 41, of No71 Village; Ramesh Singh, 53, of Liverpool Village, a father of two, Stephen Leon Leacock 19 of 366, No. 77 Village and Leon Sammy, 29, married and father of one of Lot 1 No. 75 Village, all of Corentyne, Berbice.
They are accused of between May 27, and May 28, in the Corentyne River, murdered Sukdeo in the cause of piracy.
While all the men said that they were never charged for any offence before, the police indicated that Sammy was previously before the court.
A post mortem examination conducted on the body of Sukdeo on Friday at Fort Wellington by Dr. Nehaul Singh gave the cause of death as blunt trauma to the head and asphyxia due to drowning.
The men were charged with the capital offence of murder under the hijacking and piracy Act. They appeared on Friday in No. 51 Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Charlene Artiga and were not required to plead.
The men had allegedly thrown their victim overboard and left him to drown after clobbering him on the head.
Sukdeo was part of a five-member crew aboard the fishing boat “Rosanna 664.” Still missing are Dochand Sukra aka ‘Bucher”, 54, of No. 55 Village, Munesh Churram, aka “Boyo”, 26, of No. 60 Village. Churram is a father of two aged two years and five months. Dhanpaul Rampaul a father of one of No. 67 Village, Corentyne and Dochand Sukra aka ‘Bucher”, 54, of No. 55 Village, Corentyne were the other victims.
Boat captain Seepersaud Persaud, who was also thrown overboard, miraculously managed to survive the ordeal by drifting for hours until he was rescued by another boat while the body of Sukdeo, was pulled up in a fishing seine hours after the attack.
It was the captain who gave investigators a description of the pirate’s boat which led to their capture.
On Tuesday and Wednesday a team of police officers from Guyana led by a Senior Superintendent travelled to neighbouring Suriname and joined with police from the neighbouring Republic to search the waters for the three missing men.
Two of the pirates who are reportedly cooperating with the police were taken out to sea where they pointed out the spot where the men were thrown overboard with anchors tied to their bodies.
The team search of the area where the men were reportedly thrown overboard as was directed by two of the pirates, but came up empty handed despite the use of hi-tech equipment provided by authorities from neighbouring Suriname.
Security was tight with Divisional Commander Ian Amsterdam being among those at the court.  In court, relatives of both the accused and deceased and missing men turned up.
Relatives cried as the men were ordered remanded to jail.
This newspaper understands that each of the five suspects has confessed to their role in the attack.
Members of the Guyana Police Force ‘B’ Division led by Commander, Assistant Commissioner Ian Amsterdam along with Pastors of the Cops and Faith in the ‘B’ Division on Tuesday visited the homes of the affected families in the wake of the tragedy.
The case was postponed until July 6, 2016.

Looks like the Blacks are now the master drug lords and the Indians the low level couriers. 

 

Alleged cocaine mule recruiters charged

– remanded to prison

Two suspected cocaine mule recruiters were on Friday brought before the court for recruiting Safraz Jalaladeen to traffic over 6.04 kilograms of cocaine out of Guyana, and appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann

Mark Sawyers

Mark Sawyers

McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.

Rolston Bacchus, called “Biggs” and Mark Sawyers, called “Marco” both denied they recruited Jalaladeen to traffic the cocaine between April 1 and May 19, 2016.

Reports indicate that ranks from the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) were able to finger the men after Jalaladeen was busted at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) with the drug concealed in milk packets in two suitcases.

Jalaladeen appeared before the same Magistrate two weeks ago and was sentenced to four years imprisonment for the crime and has since been cooperating with (CANU) ranks in the investigation.

Bacchus was further slapped with recruiting Kathleen DeFlorimonte and Odessa Pollard, between July and November 2015 to traffic 12.34 Kilograms of cocaine out of Guyana.

According to Prosecutor Konyo Sandiford-Thompson, Bacchus denied the charge. Reports are that on November 5, 2015, Pollard was slated to depart on a Caribbean Airlines flight destined to Trinidad and Tobago when she was busted with 12.348 kilogram of cocaine.

Prosecutor Thompson disclosed that the drug was concealed in Kerrygold milk packets. Pollard told officers it is her mother-in-law, DeFlorimonte who had packed her suitcase and told her that diamonds were contained in

Rolston Bacchus, called “Biggs”

Rolston Bacchus, called “Biggs”

the milk packages.

They were charged before the court and are currently on trial at the Providence Magistrate’s Court.

CANU officers noted that it is due to the two women’s statements that they were able to arrest of Bacchus who had been long under their surveillance.

The Prosecution pointed out that Sawyer is no stranger to the court or the drug world, telling the court that the 26-year-old resides at Lot 521 Dazzle Housing Scheme, East Coast Demerara, and has similar matters pending at the Providence and Sparendaam Magistrate’s Courts.

Bail for the men was strongly objected to by the Prosecutor –Bacchus being a flight risk and Sawyer’s previous involvement in such matters.

Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan remanded the duo until June 21 and transferred the joint matter to Courts Five and Three respectively.

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