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Brazilians robbed at gun point

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The two Brazilians leaving the crime scene in a taxi (Tamica Garnett photo)

A Brazilian national and his son were robbed at gun point by three armed men on Monday afternoon in front of their apartment at Fulton Court, Church and Irving Streets, Georgetown.

The son, identified only as Nathan, believes that they may have been trailed just after leaving a downtown gold dealership. This newspaper was told that the men fired a shot as they snatched his chain and two bags. The victims would not say what was in the bag, or estimate the cost of their loss.

The Brazilians had just pulled up in front of the apartment complex when the son observed a brown Toyota Corolla with three men inside parked behind his vehicle, and before he knew it a gun was being pointed in his father’s face.

Fulton Court at Church and Irving Streets, where the robbery took place (Tamica Garnett photo)

“As soon as I parked the car, I left the car and I noticed a brown Toyota Corolla vehicle parked behind me. There was a driver, there was a guy beside the driver, with a bandana, and a guy behind. The guy that was behind in the passenger seat stepped out real quickly and gun point to my father. Snatched my father’s bag, came back and snatched my stuff and ran away. While he was snatching my stuff, he came to snatch my gold chain and when he did so his finger got stuck in my T-shirt and a shot went through my t-shirt and then they left,” a traumatized Nathan said.

The men have since contacted the police and are hopeful that the bandits would be brought to justice and they could perhaps recover some of their property.

This is not the first time that such a robbery has occurred at the Fulton Court. Back in 2010, five Brazilian nationals and a Guyanese were attacked and robbed by three gunmen.

The PNC boys going after small time pushers while letting the big time drug lords to ply their trade with immunity.

Teacher, Farmer remanded on drug charge

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Fifty-seven year old farmer Linden Gordon, known as ‘Priest’ of 5118 Central Amelia’s Ward Mackenzie, Linden was arrested in Amelia’s Ward by ranks of the Guyana Police Force with 93 grams of cannabis on April 19.

He was charged with Possession of Narcotics for the purpose of Trafficking and appeared before Magistrate Clive Nurse at the Wales Magistrate’s Court on April 21, 2017, where he pleaded not guilty and was remanded to prison until May 24, 2017.

Additionally, on April 20, 2017, police ranks on duty at Mabura Check Point arrested Jad Atkinson, 18, a teacher of Aishalton Village, South Rupununi with 50 grams of Cannabis.

He appeared before Magistrate Nurse on April 21, and pleaded not guilty to charge. He too was remanded until May 24, 2017 for trial at the Linden Magistrate’s Court.

Also on April 22, 2017, a 26-year-old miner of Beverly Hills, Lethem was arrested about 11:30hrs by ranks of a mobile patrol in Marudi Backdam, with 140 grams of cannabis, which he had in a haversack he was carrying. He is being processed for court.

More small time arrests for propaganda purposes while the fat cats walk free.

Cops swoop down on Bartica resident accused of selling Cannabis

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The Cannabis which was discovered by the police

 

A First Avenue, Bartica, resident was arrested at his home on Sunday with 491 grams of Cannabis, a police report revealed.

It was noted that police received information that the 27-year-old suspect was selling narcotics at his place of abode. Ranks swooped down at the location about 14:30hrs and observed him placing something in a toilet cistern, after he saw the police.

An examination of the cistern revealed the illegal substance, packaged in small-size zip lock bags. He was promptly taken into custody.

More small time busts, but we are not hearing about the big drug lords as they have Granger in their pockets.

Mother ditches coke, children remanded


 

Odetta Bobb-Semple, ditched a bag containing cocaine and made good her escape, leaving her two sickly children to be arrested and taken into police custody.

Remanded to prison: Timeka Bobb-Semple and her brother Dellon Bobb-Semple

Timeka Bobb-Semple, 21, and her brother, Dellon Bobb-Semple, 23, both of Lot 68 Cross Street, Georgetown were yesterday remanded to prison by City Magistrate Judy Latchman in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts after pleading not guilty to a possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking charge.
It is alleged that on April 21, last, they had 171 grammes of cocaine in their possession for the purpose of trafficking.
The court heard that on the day in question the police conducted a raid at the address mentioned in the charge and conducted a search during which they found the narcotics under a floor board.
The prosecutor told the court that upon seeing the police Odetta Bobb-Semple, the mother of the defendants, made good her escape.
Attorney Adrian Thompson who represented the defendants told the court that his clients’ mother was spotted by police dropping the narcotics. He further said that the charges being instituted against his client came as a surprise since he thought they were being taken to the station to give a statement.
Further, the lawyer disclosed that Timeka suffers multiple episodes of seizure daily while her brother is still recovering from an open heart surgery he underwent in February.
Magistrate Judy Latchman remanded them to prison until May 8.

Finally a Blackman cane cutters, shattering the myth perpetuated by d2 and caribj that only Indians are cane cutters. 

Canecutter who hacked off reputed wife’s wrist turns self in


 

Warren Dennis, the canecutter who hacked off his reputed wife’s left wrist at Beterverwagting, East Coast Demerraa, has surrendered to the police.

CHOPPED: Constable Alana Hazel

A senior police official confirmed that a brother of the suspect accompanied him to the Sparendaam Police Station around 18.00 hrs at.
Police sources said that the suspect had been hiding out in the Beterverwagting backlands. He had reportedly came out of hiding early yesterday morning, but fled after some residents spotted him.
The suspect, a cane cutter at Enmore Estate, attacked his reputed wife, Police Constable Alana Hazel, 28,
on Sunday evening, shortly after she had visited an in-law’s home.
Constable Hazel, who is stationed at the Police Officers’ Mess, Eve Leary, Georgetown was found in a trench and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) in a police pick-up.
She also sustained chop wounds to her face and back. A close friend who visited her yesterday said that her condition has improved.
Sources who witnessed the attack said that Hazel had jumped into a trench to escape, but the suspect pursued her into the same trench and began to chop her. He reportedly fled after the woman pretended to be dead.
Kaieteur News understands that Hazel, who resides with another man at School Street, Beterverwagting, left her home to visit her 12-year old son, who resides with her sister-in-law in the same village.
Her attacker lived a few houses away from the sister-in-law. A friend of Constable Hazel said she was at home when she heard someone screaming. The woman said that when she ran out she saw ‘Warren’ holding a cutlass while Constable Hazel lay in a trench.
Constable Hazel and the suspect have three children, but had separated, and Hazel started another relationship.
Relatives of the injured Hazel said they had warned her on numerous occasions to desist from going in the yard to see her son, since ‘Warren’ resides nearby. The relatives disclosed that they even urged the mother of three to move out from the village.

 

Carjacker nabbed at roadblock

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The vehicle that was hijacked

THE suspect in an alleged carjacking remains in police custody as an investigation continues at Central Police Station in New Amsterdam.
On Wednesday evening, motorist Yoganauth Goocool of Lot 53 Adelphi Settlement, East Canje, Berbice, had visited the Palmyra Gas Station to refuel his motor vehicle PPP 5354. On leaving the Guyoil station he was stopped by a man who indicated that he needed to be taken to New Amsterdam, about two miles away.
However, while they were in the vicinity of the Canje bridge , which links East Canje to the New Amsterdam township, the ‘ passenger’, who was seated in the back seat, placed a knife to the driver’s neck and ordered him to exit the vehicle.
After leaving the vehicle the shaken driver contacted a policeman, who in turn reported the matter to Operations Room, from where an alert was sent to all the stations in the Berbice division. As a result , a roadblock was set up at the Fort Wellington Station, where the alleged carjacker, who hails from Crane, West Bank Demerara, was stopped and arrested. He was escorted to the Central Police Station,New Amsterdam, where he remains in police custody. Charges are to be instituted shortly.

Fisherman found hiding under bed with 2kg of cannabis

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A fisherman was on Tuesday evening found hiding under a bed in a house at Gym Yard, Albouys Street, Albouystown, Georgetown with two bags containing in excess of two kilograms of cannabis.

The two bags containing in excess of two kilograms of cannabis found under the bed

Based on reports received, Police acted on information received and went to the house, where they carried out a search, during which they found the 28-year-old fisherman hiding under the bed.
He was immediately arrested. The man is expected to make his court appearance later in the week.

Bandit shot after grabbing wallet

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A dreadlocked man whose identity has not yet been established is now a patient at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC), nursing two gunshot injuries he sustained to one of his feet after reportedly snatching a wallet from another man in the vicinity of Robb Street and Avenue of the Republic, Georgetown.
Based on information received, police are seeking this man’s accomplice.
At the scene of the incident, an eyewitness detailed to this publication that the victim had parked his car in the vicinity of Church’s Chicken and had gone about conducting his business. Upon returning to his motor car, which he was about to enter, the dreadlocked man reportedly grabbed his wallet, and the man whipped out a firearm and discharged two rounds, hitting the suspect to his knee.
Police arrived at the scene and took the injured man to the hospital, where he has been admitted a patient. They were, however, seen circling the area, looking for the dreadlock’s accomplice.

Them pnc bais play stupid under the PPP. Now jackass Granger got them doing their jobs as the PNC rescind previous orders to police to be on go slow during PPP time. 

Man recaptured after escaping from Police outpost

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A prisoner’s bid to escape from custody at the Ruimveldt Police Outpost was on Friday morning thwarted by the quick action of the police.

The bloodied suspect being escorted back to the Ruimveldt Police Outpost

According to reports reaching the Guyana Times, the suspect in custody had asked permission to use the washroom, which is situated at the back of the station. But while outside, he scaled the fence of the compound and ran away.
However, upon seeing what was happening, passers-by raised an alarm, resulting in police ranks giving chase.
The man was rearrested a short distance away. As he was being taken back to the police outpost, it was observed that he was drenched in blood, leaving onlookers to believe that the police might have used excessive force in recapturing him.
The escapee complained bitterly of being beaten by police ranks; but when contacted, the police refused to disclose any information in respect to the man’s arrest.

 

Accused hijacker remanded

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Shulendra Boodram of Crane Old Road, West Coast Demerara was on Friday arraigned before New Amsterdam Magistrate Alex Moore on an allegation detailing that, on April 26 last, he robbed Yougnauth Gokol of motor car PTT 5354, valued at $2.2M.

Police Prosecutor Orlando Webster told the court that at about 19:20h on the day in question, at Palmyra Village, East Coast Berbice, Boodram requested that Gokol take him to New Amsterdam. Gokol told Boodram that he was not going to New Amsterdam, but offered to drop him at Number Two Village, East Canje Berbice.

Accused hijacker Shulendra Boodram

En route to Number Two Village, the 35-year-old Boodram placed a knife to Gokol’s neck and ordered him to get out of the car. Boodram then escaped with the car, but Gokol reported the incident to the police, and an all-stations message was sent out and roadblocks set up at various sections of the road.

Intercepted at a roadblock at Fort Wellington, WCB, Boodram alleged that he had rented the car from Gokol.

When effecting Bodram’s arrest, police found in the car a knife and three driver’s licences, eight cellular phones and keys to unlock different vehicles.

Prosecutor Webster, informing the court that police investigations are still ongoing, objected to bail, citing the fact that the accused knows the complainant and may tamper with the evidence, if released.

Magistrate Alex Moore refused Boodram bail.

Teen stabbed to death — suspect on the run

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DEAD: Brian Charles Yearwood

TWO teenagers are in custody following the stabbing to death of a 16-year-old Covent Garden Secondary School student on Saturday night.
Dead is Brian Charles Yearwood of Public Road, Grove, East Bank Demerara (EBD), who met his demise while attending a concert at the Covent Garden Nursery School compound. The incident reportedly occurred around 20:00hrs.
Police say his 17-year-old assailant, believed to be a school dropout, is on the run.
According to the police, Yearwood was stabbed in the region of the heart by the other teen, who, after committing the act, ran from the scene.
The injured teen was rushed to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre, but it was too late. He was pronounced dead on arrival.

His mother, Beverly Yearwood , told this publication that it was only last September that her son, who previously attended Central High, was transferred to the Covent Garden Secondary.
The mother of five said she is puzzled as to what could have caused the other teen to react the way he did, as her son was not known to be a trouble-maker.
She had never received a bad report about him, she said; he was independent, hardworking and even helped around the house without having to be told, and without any fuss.
The last she saw of her son, she said, he was dancing while awaiting a minibus to take him to the fair.

The teen’s traumatised mother, Beverly Yearwood, left, and his sister (Photo by Samuel Maughn)

“He kept saying, ‘Mommy, I have to go; I have to go,’” Brian’s mom said, adding:
“He was laughing and dancing while telling me this; that was the last time I heard his voice.”
She is now calling on the police to ensure that the right person is held, and that he be made to face the full force of the law, so as to send a strong message to other youths who are inclined to be violent.

The lad’s grandmother, who also described him as peaceful and quiet ,said she was told that the perpetrator was earlier picking trouble with other teens at the event.
She, too, said she had never had a complaint about her grandson being a trouble-maker or being involved in any fights. Neighbours, too, said pretty much the same thing, and expressed surprise and shock at what had happened.
Reports are that an identification parade will be held with the teens who are being questioned by the police.
Yearwood’s body, meanwhile, is at the Lyken Funeral Parlour awaiting a post- mortem, which will be done on Wednesday. He leaves to mourn two sisters, two brothers and parents.

Gunman shoots accomplice while fleeing robbery scene


 

– Four nabbed, two vehicles impounded

A gunman has confessed to mistakenly shooting one of his accomplices after he and three others were arrested for robbing a shop at Cornelia Ida, West Coast Demerara (WBD) around 13:25hrs on Friday.
The confessed shooter was one of four men who were apprehended on Friday near the Demerara Harbour Bridge, shortly after carrying out the daring robbery.
Among those apprehended was Leon Williams of Lot 139 Section K Vryheid’s Lust, East Coast Demerara (ECD).
It was Williams who was accidentally shot to the upper right arm by his accomplice, when the getaway vehicle he was driving crashed. Two other suspects managed to escape.
The police said that four males entered the business place operated by a woman and her daughter and pretended to be customers.
Shortly after, two of them whipped out firearms and relieved the victims of their valuables before fleeing in a Toyota Spacio. They discharged several rounds in the air as they were escaping.
The matter was reported to the police and ranks immediately responded and intercepted the getaway vehicle.
By this time, only the driver was in the vehicle. He disclosed that his accomplices had abandoned his car and boarded another vehicle driven by one of the suspects and they were heading to the Harbour Bridge.
It was then roadblocks were immediately set up and the suspects, upon noticing this, diverted to La Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara.
Kaieteur News was informed that Williams panicked after seeing the police ranks and crashed into a culvert.
His accomplice, who was sitting in the front passenger’s seat, told the police that he had the gun in his hand and when the vehicle crashed, the impact caused him to mistakenly discharge a round which struck Williams.
He explained that they were all desperate to get over the bridge and abandoned their wounded accomplice. He said that they then walked to the main road where they boarded separate buses.
The police in a release said that two of the men were nabbed at the Harbour Bridge with an unlicensed firearm and five rounds.
The two vehicles which transported the men have been lodged.

Glasgow police patrol arrests five with unlicensed firearm, wig, crowbar


 

Five persons are now in police custody after they were arrested by a Police Mobile Patrolyesterday morning, in a car en route to New Amsterdam. The arrest was done at Glasgow Village, East Bank Berbice. The men ages 33, 29, 27, 26 and 22 were intercepted in the motor car and searched.
The ranks from the mobile patrol intercepted the car and conducted a search when an unlicensed pistol with 13 live rounds, a rope, a wig, a crowbar along with other items were discovered.
According to a Police press release, the five occupants of the vehicle are said to be from Glasgow Housing Scheme, Pilot Street, New Amsterdam, Fort Ordinance and Dazzell Housing Scheme, East Coast Demerara. Sources reveal that some of the men are known characters in Berbice. The vehicle and the other items seized during the search were lodged at the Central Police Station.

Bike bandits kill vendor, flee with cash and loaves of bread


 

Police are hunting for two bandits who escaped with cash and three loaves of bread after killing a

Dead: Andre Alexander

42-year-old bread vendor during a robbery on Friday night in ‘C’ Field Sophia, Georgetown.
Andre Alexander, of Lot 394 ‘C’ Field Sophia, was shot in the stomach and succumbed at around 23:00 hrs on Friday during surgery at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).
The father of two had worked as a driver with Banks DIH Limited, and sold bread after working hours.
The attack occurred at around 20.30 hrs at the victim’s bread stand, which is situated about four houses from his home.
Police said that Alexander was at his bread stand when the two men rode up on a motorcycle. The pillion rider requested three loaves of bread and paid with a $5000 note.
Kaieteur News understands that while Alexander was in the process of making change, the ‘customer’ whipped out a gun and demanded cash.
When Alexander put up a fight, the robber discharged two rounds, one of which struck the vendor in the stomach.
The two men relieved their victim of his cash and also escaped with three loaves of bread.
The victim’s wife, Beverley Alexander said that she and her husband have been operating the bread stand at the same location for more than six years and were never confronted by bandits until Friday night.

The stand where Andre Alexander was killed.

She said that she was at the stand when they two bandits approached her husband and shot him when he resisted.
According to Mrs. Alexander, two other customers were at the stand when the robbers attacked.
“After he (pillion rider) collected the bread, my husband was making change to give him when he pulled out a gun and demanded the cash, so my husband tried to push away the gun and the man fired one shot and when that one missed, he fired another shot,” the woman noted.
She further related that when she heard the first shot, she ran for her life. “I run behind the stand and when I see the other suspect coming, I start run.” The bandits did not try to rob the other customers at the stand.
Beverley Alexander said that after the bandits escaped, she ran to her husband and found him lying on a bench.
“He was unconscious and bleeding. A bus took him to the hospital and when they rushed him to theatre, he died,” Beverley said.
Andre Alexander was described as a quiet and hard working individual.
No one has been arrested.

Man wakes up to find bullet lodged in TV stand


 

A Charlestown man is now counting his lucky stars after he woke up yesterday morning and discovered a bullet lodged in his television stand a few feet from his bed.

The bullet that was lodge in the tv stand.

James George, 46, of Lot 10 Howes Street, Charlestown, Georgetown stated that he woke up around 8:30am yesterday morning and proceeded to do his normal Saturday morning routine cleaning around his home.
George said that he first decided to wipe his windows and that is when he noticed a long graze on the window, a graze that was not there before he noted.
George said that he did not take the graze for anything serious since there would normally be children playing in the area. He thought one of them may have pelted a brick.
Not paying much attention to the window, he proceeded to different areas in the home.
It was while wiping the television stand he observed a dent and then he saw what appears to be a bullet lodged in the television stand.
George said it was then he decided to sit on his bed and try to sum up the entire situation. That is when he realized that the bullet lodged in his television stand was the object that caused the indentation in his window.
“I thank God that bullet did not hit the television, because is only last December I took that television from Courts.”
The man who has been residing at the address for the past two years stated that when he observed the bullet he immediately began to pray and he thanks the Almighty father for saving his life.
“Imagine my bed is right next to the window and that bullet could have hit me and kill me. God had to be with me.”
George said that it’s a good thing that his children were not at home when it happened because it might have been a different situation.

Suspected TIP victims among several arrested in city raid

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-unlicensed firearm discovered during operation

ACTING on a tip-off, ranks of the Guyana Police Force Major Crime and Trafficking in Persons Units swooped down on two popular business establishments in the city on Friday morning and arrested several persons including four female adult foreigners.

According to the police, the ranks entered the two businesses located opposite each other at George and Princess Streets,Work-en-Rust, Georgetown, around 02:00hrs on Friday.
A search was conducted, during which several persons were detained and arrested including the four female adult foreign nationals who are said to be employees of the entities. Two male proprietors, one of whom was found in possession of an unlicensed firearm with 15 live rounds, were also arrested.

The females are suspected to be victims of Human Trafficking the police said and have since been placed into the care of the Ministry of Social Protection, pending the investigation.

Sophia businessman killed during robbery

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Police are investigating the murder of Andre Alexander, 42, self-employed businessman of lot 394 Section 4 Sophia, East Coast Demerara, who was shot in the stomach and robbed of an undisclosed amount of cash by two male suspects at about 20:30 hrs Friday at his home, where he sells bread.

According to a police report, the victim was in his shop when the suspects approached on a motorcycle and the pillion rider requested three loaves of bread.  The man paid with a $5000 note and while the victim was in the process of making the change, the said suspect whipped out a handgun and demanded the cash. The businessman refused and was shot.

The suspect then relieved the businessman of his cash and they escaped on the motorcycle, discharging several rounds in the process.

The victim was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital in a conscious state but succumbed to his injuries at about 23:00 hrs while receiving treatment. No one has been arrested thus far.

Wanted man chopped to death in Uitvlugt

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Dead: The body of Clinton Walks was found in Uitvlugt, West Coast Demerara
 
Police are investigating the murder of Clinton Walks known as “Bongo”, 36, of Lot 3 Bus Shed Street, Uitvlugt, West Coast Demerara. 
 
A police release noted that the man was found with multiple suspected chop wounds to its back, left ear and abdomen about 07:00hrs Sunday morning on the Uitvlugt Access Road.
 
Walks, who was sentenced to eighteen months imprisonment in 2015 for Break and Enter and Larceny, was wanted in relation to several reports of similar offence as well as for Simple Larceny committed in Uitvlugt, the police stated.
 
The body is at the Ezekiel’s Funeral Home awaiting a post-mortem examination.  

Suspect nabbed with cocaine

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Bourda Market stabbing

Upon his arrest on Friday, the prime suspect in the murder of a labourer at Bourda Market was found with a quantity of cocaine.

The police said that at the time of his arrest – around 22:30h – the suspect, known as “Symptoms”, was found with six grams of cocaine in his possession. He is therefore expected to face a narcotics trafficking charge in addition to the capital offence.

According to reports, 40-year-old Jerome Cumberbatch, also called ‘Kunta’ and ‘Crekateh’, a labourer of 159 Half Mile Wismar, Linden, was stabbed to death on Thursday afternoon.

The incident occurred at Bourda Market following a dispute between the two men over money. Cumberbatch was reportedly stabbed by the suspect at least five times with a broken bottle, and subsequently a knife.

It has been reported that on the day in question, Cumberbatch, who did odd jobs in the market, became involved in an argument with the suspect, who became annoyed, broke a bottle and stabbed the man. Not satisfied with the injuries he had inflicted on his victim, the suspect whipped out a knife and inflicted several other wounds on the victim.

The victim, who was differently-abled, reportedly fell out of his wheelchair and was lying in a pool of blood in one of the isles of the market.

Although the victim was stabbed in plain view of several persons, no one had gone to his assistance, and by the time medical personnel from the Georgetown Public Hospital had responded, he was already dead.

After committing the heinous act, the suspect fled the scene, but as a result of diligent work by the police, he was arrested on Friday. The now dead man’s body is presently at the Lyken Funeral Parlour awaiting a post-mortem examination, which is expected to be done on Monday morning. If all goes well, the suspect will be placed before the court for his arraignment that same day.

Fight over drugs leads to chopping, shooting in East La Penitence

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Two men are currently at the Georgetown Public Hospital, receiving treatment for injuries committed by each other during a fight on Monday night at East La Penitence Bridge, Georgetown.

According to a police release, 23-year-old Colin Daly of 23 East La Penitence and 22-year-old Reon Jonas of Phase One Mandela Avenue, West Ruimveldt, had an exchange of words over “drugs.”

During the argument, Daly allegedly dealt Jonas several chops to his back and right hand; in retaliation Jonas whipped out a handgun and discharged a round at Daly, hitting him in the right arm. They are under police guard in a stable condition at the hospital.

Teen dies after fight with father

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A 40-year-old man is in police custody after he confessed to striking his 18-year-old son in the head with a piece of wood, which later resulted in his death.

Police in a statement said that the man is cooperating fully with detectives and according to investigations thus far, on May 04, 2017 at about 07:30hrs, Azeez Khan, a labourer of Lot 8 Better Hope, East Coast Demerara (ECD) and his father who resides at the said address, had an altercation during which he was allegedly struck to the head with a piece of wood.

The teen was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he died the following day. According to the statement, police were told that the teen fell off a ladder, at his place of work, which was later proven to be untrue.

A post-mortem examination was done on Monday and the cause of death was given as hemorrhage due to blunt trauma to the head.

School boy robbed at knife point in minibus


 

It was during the morning rush hour, Aaron Sookwah, was sitting in the back seat of a route #41 minibus, all prepared for classes. His stop to the recently relocated Brickdam Secondary School was just a few corners away on Mandela Avenue.
“The next thing I know, the man sitting next to me pulled out a knife and stuck it to my side. Then he told me to give him my bag,” the 14-year-old told Kaieteur News.
Even though the bus was full, with his teacher sitting in the seat in front of him, Sookwah said he was too frightened to raise an alarm.
“I just take off my bag, and leave it, and somehow, I managed to tell the conductor to stop me off by the (East La Penitence) police station, because that is where my school is now – behind the station,” the teen said.
He explained that the bandit allowed him to exit the bus.
“After I come out and the bus drove off, I see one ah my friends, and I tell him everything that happen.”
All the while, his teacher, who was also in the bus, had been oblivious to what had occurred.
“My teacher does usually stop off at the corner after the station, because she says it closer to school, so she came out of the bus after me,” the young man said.
He added, “By the time I reach to school, I see my teacher and I tell her wha happened.”
The teen was then accompanied to the nearby police station where a report of the incident was made.
The child’s mother, Karen Sookwah, also made a report to the Ministry of Education.
“They said that they will look into it…I wanted them to know what is happening, because I know of many school children being robbed. It is a sad thing,” she related.
The woman is concerned that the Brickdam school has been relocated to a community that “is known to be criminal infested.”
“I really hope that they would remove this school from here,” the woman said.
She maintained, “The school being located next to a police station is no consolation.”
“After the crime is committed, you go there and make a report. That’s it. Nothing else really happens.

 

No. 2 Village woman choked and robbed; suspect apprehended


 

A 50-year-old woman was yesterday morning at approximately 8:30 am robbed and harassed by her fellow villager.
Savita Kellawan aka ‘Lalita’ of Lot 126 Lord Street, No. 2 Village is nursing minor injuries to her throat after she was choked by a fellow villager who is a known character in the process of him committing a robbery on her.
The woman who lives with her husband and 92-year-old mother, told this publication that she had just returned home and was about to fix breakfast for herself and mother in the kitchen when she noticed her neighbour.
“Me see me neighbour and me know he does thief but me never thought he woulda do something to me. He come natural as ever but he had a cutlass in his hands and he come straight to me in the kitchen and vice (choke) me with the cutlass in the other hand.”
The woman stated that the man demanded cash and jewellery and threatened to kill her if she did not cooperate. She explained that he then threw her on a bed that was about a foot away from where she was standing.
She said that he and continued choking her while demanding the cash and jewellery. She eventually agreed and ventured to the upper flat while he followed.
“Me go upstairs and inside one ah meh husband shirt pocket me had in a envelope US$90 and $10 Cayman.
Me come downstairs in the hall and inside a cabinet meh had a gold purse with my mother bangle, a gold chain and a gold band. He see the cell phone and I give he all and he gone with it”, Kellawan disclosed.
The woman stated that she immediately contacted the police who arrived minutes later. The suspect was eventually caught at the Canje Bridge Entrance, Palmyra with the stolen cash and jewellery. He was arrested and taken into police custody.
The suspect has been identified as Clifton Ramsarran, aka ‘Witch’ of No 2 Village, he was previously before the courts for break and enter and larceny.
Kellawan was taken to the New Amsterdam Hospital for a medical examination, treated and sent away. She sustained minor lacerations to the throat.

Miner chopped to death while guarding gold mats

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A miner, who was left to guard a sluice box containing two “gold mats” was chopped to death by a co-worker at 111 Miles Madhia, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni), who later removed the two mats and escaped. Dead is 56-year-old Damion Scipio, also called “Rasta man” of Moco Moco Village, Central Rupununi.

Reports are the chopping incident occurred between 23:00h on Friday evening and 06:00h on Saturday morning. However, the suspect was subsequently arrested at BK Old Road Backdam, Potaro River.

Police investigations have so far revealed that the victim was performing security duties at the camp belonging to a prominent mining company when he was attacked and chopped three times to his head and once to his left wrist which was almost severed.

The suspect then removed the gold mats that the victim was protecting and fled the scene. As a result of a quick response from detectives in F Division (Interior locations), he was apprehended. It is unclear if the mats were recovered but the suspect was taken into Police custody and is being processed for court.

The body of Scipio was taken to the Madhia Hospital Mortuary awaiting a post-mortem examination. Police are continuing their investigations.

The Police in a recent release stated that a total of 35 murders were recorded up to the end of April when compared to 53 during the same period in 2016. This saw a 34 per cent decrease.

Of the 35 murders, 20 were as a result of disorderly behaviour, four as a result of domestic disputes, five stemmed from robberies under arms and three were as a result of execution-style killings. The Police are yet to determine the circumstances surrounding the remaining three.

Fourteen of those murders were committed in A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) followed by 10 in F Division (Interior locations); six in B Division (Berbice) and four in D Division (West Bank Demerara-East Bank Essequibo). One of the heinous crimes was committed in C Division (East Coast Demerara).

CANU unearths cocaine in lumber

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Several workers at a lumber yard at Zeelugt, East Bank Essequibo, were taken into custody following the discovery of a quantity of cocaine in several pieces of lumber that were being prepared for export.

The bust was made by members of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit late on Friday afternoon, after receiving a tip about the operation.

Upon their arrival at the lumber yard, a consignment of lumber was being processed to be transported; and upon inspection, the cocaine was found neatly packed among the lumber.

The ranks immediately shut down operations and began their investigations. Further checks unearthed several other packets of the illegal substance.

The workers were questioned and based on reports gathered, the bust may be connected to persons linked to the local racing fraternity. Attempts to contact officials of CANU proved futile. Investigations are ongoing.

Bicycle bandit robs, rapes medical student

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A 20-year-old female medical student of North Ruimveldt, Georgetown, was robbed and raped in the wee hours of Sunday morning by an armed bandit on a bicycle who attacked her in her home.
Reports indicate that the student left a nightclub located in Albouystown, Georgetown, with her boyfriend and they both joined a taxi and left for her North Ruimveldt home.
However, upon arrival, the taxi driver had no change for the fare and her boyfriend left with the driver in the taxi to find change for the cash.
Meanwhile, the medical student upon entering her home left the door open for her boyfriend when he returned.
Reports revealed that the robber/rapist in the area, who noticed an opportunity, hopped off his bicycle and quickly entered the home, sticking the woman up at gunpoint and relieving her of valuables.
Not satisfied, he then forced her to perform oral sex on him and upon completion, he exited the building through the same door, hopped on his bicycle and fled the scene.
The police have launched an investigation into the incident.

CANU hunting motor racers, sawmill owner

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Gy$500M cocaine bust

Ranks of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) are seeking to locate local biker Stephen Vieira, West Coast Demerara businessman Tazim Gafoor, and sawmill owner Narine Lall for questioning in relation to Friday’s 187-pound cocaine bust.

According to reports, CANU officers received a tip about the operation and swooped down on a lumber yard at Lot 227 Zeelugt, East Bank Essequibo, where they conducted a search on a truck that was laden with several pallets of 1×6

Some 187 pounds of cocaine, carrying a street value of $550M, was found concealed in lumber being prepared for shipment to the USA

dressed lumber being prepared for export to the United States.

“Several boards were drilled randomly and revealed a whitish substance suspected to be cocaine… Discovered was a total of 84.986 kilograms of cocaine, equalling a landed US street value in excess of 550 million Guyana Dollars,” CANU said.

At the time, several workers at the lumber yard were taken into police custody,

Tazim Gafoor
Naraine Lall

where they remained throughout the weekend, assisting with the investigations.

“The truck, its driver and porters were escorted to CANU Headquarters, where a detailed search of the cargo was completed. The said search revealed cocaine found in random boards scattered among genuine boards in each pallet, each of the compromised boards had a dugout cavity with vacuum sealed plastic packets containing cocaine pasted therein,” the anti-

In custody, Nazim Gafoor

narcotics agency revealed.

Further investigations by the CANU ranks led to the arrest of popular race car

driver Nazim Gafoor. He also remained in custody over the weekend, pending investigation.

A CANU statement issued on Sunday has indicated that Vieira, Lall, and the

Stephen Vieira

other Gafoor brother are wanted for questioning.

CANU has said that Vieira is listed on the shipping documents as the representative of Naraine Lall, who is the shipper of the consignment. Searches for Vieira have thus far proven futile.

Jackass Granger promise the youths like wuk but all he deliver is starvation and hard guava season as the youth turn to crime to make a living.

East Ruimveldt youth caught with illegal gun, ammo

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The illegal weapon and ammo found on the young man,

An unemployed man, who was a passenger in a public-transportation vehicle, was arrested after an unlicensed pistol with fourteen live rounds was found tucked in his pants waist on Monday morning.

Police acting on intelligence, stopped the vehicle on the Ruimveldt Public Road about 05:00hrs and conducted a search on the suspect and found the 9 mm Taurus pistol and ammunition, a police report noted.

The 20-year-old suspect who hails from Mango Lane, East Ruimveldt is being processed for court.

Seaman killed execution-style


 

– body dumped in Roxanne Burnham Gardens

The body of a 27-year-old man was yesterday found dumped on Marigold Street, Roxanne Burnham Gardens, Georgetown, around 06:30 hrs, with a suspected gunshot wound to the back of the head.
The dead man has been identified as Roy Rowland called “Gangster Roy”, a seaman, of 25 Castello Housing Scheme, La Penitence, Georgetown.
Investigators described the dead man as someone well known to them, and suspected that his death may be linked to a deal gone wrong between him and some other person.
“We have the names of several persons that we are looking for,” one rank said.
The police said that a 9mm spent shell was found at the scene where Rowland’s body was discovered.
It is suspected that the father of two, with a child on the way, was killed somewhere else and his body was dumped where it was discovered, in the wee hours of yesterday morning.
Up to press time, investigators were looking for the individual who is believed to be the last person to see the seaman alive.
At the scene yesterday, villagers informed the cops that they did not hear any gunshots or any strange sounds.
In fact, residents living not far from where the body was found, said that there was no strange noise and suspected that the body might have indeed been dumped there after the victim had been slain elsewhere.
Crime scene ranks have not linked Rowland’s execution to a robbery, since nothing was taken from him.
Kaieteur News was informed that when the man’s body was discovered, there was a bottle in the hand, suggesting that he might have tried to use it to ward off his attacker.
Other than the suspected gunshot wound, there was no other marks of violence on his body.
At the victim’s home yesterday, family members were in tears as they alleged that the young father was brutally murdered by someone who is known to them.
“We don’t know why they shoot he. We really don’t know, but is people who he know, and they got to answer,” they lamented.
His heavily pregnant wife, Shana, was not in a position to speak. She had to be lifted out of a car and taken into the yard.
Meanwhile, his father, Rowland Bentham revealed that early yesterday he was sweeping his front yard when someone approached him and showed him the picture of his son’s body on a phone.

Rowland’s wife, Shana and son.

“Right away I picked up my bicycle and go to Roxanne Burnham and I see him. After the police said that no one can go near the body, I went home and inform everybody,” Bentham said.
He added that he last saw his son around 21:00 hrs on Tuesday when he (Roy) left home to go and spend the night by his wife.
Bentham said the next time he heard about his son was when he saw the photograph of the young man’s dead body.
Another relative said she was informed that after the man left his father’s home, he went to pick up his wife.
“He went to pick up his wife with the same taxi and like they (wife and taxi driver) drop he (Roy) off by some shop and when they were passing back, they called, and he told them that he wasn’t ready as yet,” the relative noted.
The woman further explained that as the young Rowland’s wife was heading home in the taxi, he called to inform her that he would be” making a spin” with a friend (name given) and as such, would return home late.
This newspaper was subsequently told that all calls to the young man’s phone after went unanswered. The cops are now looking to question that friend.
Roy Rowland would have celebrated his birthday next month.

Captain dies in pirate attack

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Dead: Mahadeo Ramdial

-survivors forced to jump overboard
-swam for two hours

 

A FISHERMAN who has been plying his trade for over 20 years is now dead after pirates attacked the vessel on which he was the captain and forced him and his two crew members to jump overboard Tuesday evening.

Parmanand Nandu was forced to jump overboard

Dead is 44-year-old Mahadeo Ramdial called “Chico” of Lot 146 Kilcoy Squatting Area, East Berbice. The attack took place at approximately18:30hrs in the Atlantic Ocean in the vicinity of Tain Village on the Corentyne. Ramdial’s body was discovered at around 14:00hrs on Wednesday entangled in a seine at the Rose Hall foreshore a few miles from where the fishing vessel was attacked.

Guyana Chronicle understands that Ramdial, Arjune Permaul called “Boyo”, 45, of Kilcoy Squatting area and Parmanand Nandan called “Vickram”, 21 of Tain, left for the sea on Monday aboard the MV Veroni 4. On Tuesday evening, two cutlass wielding pirates attacked them, demanded their catch and took away their 40HP Yamaha outboard engine. The pirates then ordered the fishermen and the captain to jump overboard and after they initially refused to comply, they were beaten with the cutlasses and forced to jump. Police said that the captain received a blow to the head before he jumped.

SWIMMING FOR TWO HOURS
One of the survivors, Arjune Permaul showed this newspaper a wound he sustained during the attack. He said that the captain was hit to the head with a cutlass, which rendered him weak and dizzy.

He said the crew had just finished eating dinner and were in the cabin when they felt a “juck” and then heard a “crashing” sound. It was then they realised pirates had attacked.

Arjune Permaul survived the attack

“Them [pirates] say lose the engine and them cut the seine boat and tell we to jump in them boat, when we jump in them boat them say jump in back abee boat and when we jump back in, them fire one broadside on the captain and cut we boat and them boat gone one side and we boat deh the next side…them had the cutlass on we and seh jump over and say if we nah hear they gon chop off we neck,” Permaul recalled.

He and the other crew member, Nandan swam for more than two hours before they were rescued by another boat, who brought them to shore.

“When them broadside the captain and tell he jump, he say no he can’t swim…them tell he they gon chop out he neck so he jump but before he beg them to give he a jar to hold on to but they didn’t give he …he was saying he cannot make it, so he hold on pon me lil bit and then loose off and he keep saying he not gonna make it, but the water get tough,” the fisherman said.

Permaul, while recalling the ordeal said this is his last time on the sea as a fisherman.

HOPE LOST
Meanwhile, when this newspaper visited the family of Ramdial, his wife and two children were clinging to hope that he is alive, however minutes later, all hope was lost when the family received the dreadful phone call that his body was discovered at the Rose Hall Town Beach entangled in a seine.

The dead man’s grieving wife, Chatranie Jaipersaud and father,
Boodnarine Ramdial

The family broke down in tears, while the father of Ramdial and his younger son hurriedly ventured to Rose Hall Foreshore to get a glimpse of the body. No arrests have been made as police continue their investigations.

Back in PPP time this would have been classified by the PNC as harassing the black man and violation of their civil rights. Today the PNC are free to arrest their own supporters without any complaints by the PPP. 

Suspected thieves nabbed with illegal gun, fake number plate


 

The cops may have prevented a robbery yesterday when they trailed a Toyota 212 and apprehended two men with an illegal gun at Sheriff and Duncan Streets, Georgetown.
The vehicle had a fake number plate.
The men are presently in police custody at the Brickdam Police Station.
According to information received, the police received information that the men were about to commit a robbery.
Acting on the tip, ranks in a mobile patrol caught up with the men on Sheriff and Duncan Streets.
A search was carried out on the vehicle and the unlicenced gun was found.
They are currently being questioned.

PNC supporters steal from drug bond because they didn't get the 50% raises that Granger and his band of crooked ministers took for themselves.

Staffer charged with stealing drugs from Diamond bond


 

Released on bail Doquan Griffith

Doquan Griffith, 19, of Lot 41 Costello Housing Scheme, Georgetown was yesterday released on bail after he appeared before City Magistrate Leron Daly in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts, charged with stealing pharmaceuticals.
Griffith denied the allegation which stated that on May 17, last, at the Material Manufacturing Unit (MMU), East Bank Demerara, he stole four boxes of OnCall Plus blood glucose test trips valued $20,000 from the Ministry of Public Health.
He was released on $50,000 bail and ordered to return to court on June 2.
The defendant was represented by Attorney-at-Law Leslie Benjamin who asked that her client be released on reasonable bail. The attorney told the court that her client has been employed at the Ministry of Public Health for the past two years.
Police Prosecutor Sanj Singh objected to bail citing that investigations are still outgoing in the matter. The prosecutor further pointed out that should bail be granted there is a possibility that the defendant might not return to court.
According to the prosecutor, the defendant admitted to stealing the items in a caution statement.
Based on reports, police on Wednesday apprehended a minibus with staffers of the Ministry of Public Health’s Bond at Diamond, East Bank Demerara. A search was conducted in the bus and a quantity of pharmaceuticals was found.
This publication was informed that person or persons employed at the Bond were seen earlier in the day stashing a quantity of pharmaceuticals in a washroom in the compound.
After the police were alerted, they conducted a stakeout at the location and observed when a minibus in which the pharmaceuticals were eventually packed, left the compound of the Bond.
The minibus was later intercepted and a quantity of pharmaceuticals, all property of the Public Health Ministry, was found.
Reports are that over time quantities of pharmaceuticals were found to be missing from the Bond thus raising suspicions at the level of the Ministry.
The Ministry has been taking seriously the pilfering of its pharmaceuticals, a state of affairs that has been lending to a constant unprecedented shortage of pharmaceuticals and other medical supplies at several health facilities across the country.

 

It will be interesting to see if the PNC can make this charge stick in their witch hunt.

GRDB forensic audit probe…Former chief, two PPP parliamentarians among six charged


 

By Brushell Blackman
Yesterday, six former board members of the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) were slapped with fraud related charges and placed on $500,000 bail each for failing to make a proper entry into a register of a company with the intent to defraud $362M, from the entity’s Republic Bank account.
The prosecution case which was presented by Special Prosecutor, Michael Somersall, before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan is that between 2012 to 2015 the six officials committed the acts knowing that it was contrary to the entity’s standard operating procedures. They were not required to plead to the indictable offence.
They were also ordered to lodge their passports with the police and report to the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) every Monday at 9:00 hours. The matter will be heard again on June 23.
The six officials hauled before the court are former General Manager of the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) Jagnarine Singh; former Deputy General of GRDB and People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) Member Madanlall Ramraj; General Secretary of the Rice Producers Association (RPA) and PPP/C Member of Parliament, Dharamkumar Seeraj; former Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Amerindian Affairs and PPP/C Member of Parliament, Nigel Dharamlall; former General Manager of the Guyana Oil Company Badrie Persaud and the Deputy Permanent Secretary Finance Ministry of Agriculture, Prema Roopnarine.
The prosecution is alleging that between January 1 and December 31, 2012 the six officials, with intent to defraud, omitted or concurred to be omitted $77.3M from the general ledger of the GRDB’s Republic Bank account.
Similarly, between January 1 and December 31 of years 2013, 2014 and 2015 with intent to defraud the entity, they omitted or concurred to be omitted from the said Republic Bank account, $9.7M, $130M and $145M for the three respective years.
The prosecution was unable to move forward with its case yesterday due to ‘voluminous’ statements that have to be photocopied and filed.
Prosecutor Somersall asked that bail be set a substantial amount due to the severity of the allegations.
Appearing for Seeraj, former Attorney General Anil Nandlall in his submission for bail said that the 50-year-old father of two is a well known public figure and a member of the National Assembly, therefore he posed no flight risks.
Nandlall also pointed out that his client has cooperated fully with SOCU. In addition, Seeraj and the other five officials have already paid a $100,000 station bail when the charges were first laid on Thursday.
The former AG questioned why only six persons from the 15-member board were charged and said he will explain at a later date why this is so.
It was the view of Nandlall that the charges are selective and vindictive and that the six officials should be released on their own recognizance. The former Legal Affairs Minister also questioned the need for the weekly reporting at SOCU, a move he likened to a ‘throw back’ to school days.
After listening to the submissions Chief Magistrate McLennan imposed the bail and set out the conditions of the bail.
The six officials, who stood in the prisoners dock throughout the one hour court session, were then escorted down the stairs to the prisoners’ lockup and were placed with the other detainees in a cell to await the posting of their bails. The woman remained outside.
The PPP/C, in a statement, yesterday, said, Guyanese are witnessing the depths to which the Coalition government has sunk in continuing with its political victimization. The PPP condemned the move by SOCU to arrest and charge another two of its Members of Parliament and four other Guyanese citizens.
The statement further stated that the two PPP/C Parliamentarians and four others, who are perceived to be supporters of the PPP, were charged by SOCU last Thursday and arraigned in court yesterday.
However, SOCU itself had admitted that its investigations are incomplete and, as such, was unable to provide statements to the court. If its investigations are incomplete, on what basis were the six persons charged?
GRDB is the authority charged with overseeing the rice industry throughout the country. Upon entering Government in May 2015, the David Granger-led administration immediately ordered a number of forensic audits to determine the health of the state agencies.
With regards to the GRDB report, it was noted that over a three to four-year period, more than US$500M from the PetroCaribe proceeds (Venezuela rice-for-oil deal) would have passed through the accounts of the entity.
Among some of the “anomalies” found were loans without proper paperwork or promissory notes.
There were other instances of persons in the agency using GRDB’s money to trade in foreign currency.
The losses for the Government would have been significant, especially if the money was traded for less than it should have been.
The Auditor General and the forensic audit reports have all pointed to severe deficiencies in the manner the monies of the state have been handled by the entities.
Prema Roopnarine and Badrie Persaud were represented by Attorney-at-Law Sase Gunraj; Dharamlall and Singh were represented by Glen Hanoman while Ramraj was represented by former Minister of Education Priya Manickchand.

The pnc boys killing each other in jail.

Convicted killer stabs another prisoner


 

Murder accused Akeem Edwards, who allegedly killed a fellow inmate in 2014 in the Mazaruni Prison, has now stabbed another prisoner at the Georgetown Prison.
Edwards allegedly stabbed armed robbery accused Jason Burnette on Thursday with a makeshift weapon.
Burnette has since been admitted to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).
According to reports, Edwards was being taken under escort from his cell to hang out clothing, when another inmate gave him a makeshift weapon. He then stabbed Burnette.
Edwards has reportedly been placed in solitary.
In September 2014, Edwards, who was convicted for armed robbery, allegedly stabbed and killed 24-year-old Theon Smith, also known as Theon Branche. The victim was serving a 15-year sentence for robbery under arms, possession of an illegal firearm as well as break and entry.
The killing allegedly stemmed from a dispute over a cell phone.

 

More lawlessness under the PNC as police take don't care a dam attitude.

Neighbours allegedly beat elderly woman, disabled son


 

A woman is scared for her life and that of her elderly mother and disabled brother. She said that her violent neighbours allegedly ran into their home at Lot 438 North West, La Penitence on Thursday and assaulted them. This incident occurred around 20:30 hrs.
June Hines said that her neighbours even poured kerosene on their home to burn it. Luckily, other neighbours intervened and prevented the group from burning their home.
Despite all this happening, the police are yet to respond to a report Hines made against her neighbours. However, this newspaper learnt that ranks might have not responded because of the ongoing dispute between the two neighbours.
Yesterday, Hines explained that the problem between her household and her neighbour started when her 15-year-old daughter was stabbed with a scissors by her neighbour’s teenage daughter. “I didn’t cause a scene, I just went to the mother and told her and the child mother bought a cream for my daughter.”
“After the incident happened, my sister tell them that they can’t be assaulting my daughter like that because she is a child, and now these people start on my sister and since then, every single day is some story,” Hines said.
The hostile group consists of women and a member from the LGBT community.
Hines claimed that on Thursday night she received a call from a neighbour who informed her that her neighbours had broken into their home and assaulted her brother and mother.
“When I went there, my mother said she didn’t do these people anything. She (mother) said that my sister and them had it out and she went outside to bring in my sister and in the night, they rushed in on her and started beating her,” the woman claimed.
She explained that other neighbours claimed that the group was looking for her sister to throw acid on her.
The woman explained that only recently the group stoned her home and she was forced to replace her louvre windows.
Hines is desperately seeking the police’s intervention in this matter.
Divisional Commander, Marlon Chapman could not be reached yesterday.

De putagee man geh ketch.

 

Stephen Vieira arrested at CJIA


 

Stephen Vieira

Racing bike champion, Stephen Vieira, was apprehended Thursday night at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) for association with the $550M worth of cocaine that was found in lumber two Fridays ago at Zeelugt, East Bank Essequibo (EBE).
Vieira was returning home from Jamaica where he had gone to take part in a racing event. He was held around 21:30 hrs Thursday by police ranks and was subsequently handed over to officers from the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU).
The 84.986 kilograms of cocaine that was discovered was being prepared for export to the United States of America. Vieira’s name was on the shipping document. Up to press time, he was being questioned at CANU head office.
CANU is looking for Naraine Lall, the owner of the sawmill where the cocaine was packed. Tazim Gafoor and his son, Nazim, who were initially held were released from custody.
Kaieteur News was told that the bust was made after CANU officials received a tip off. When they acted, the boards were being packed into the truck.
The truck driver and porters were arrested but were subsequently released after it was discovered that the vehicle and its workers were hired to transport the timber. Vieira is said to be a representative of Naraine Lall.
The drug agency in a release said that ranks conducted a search at the parapet in front of the premises of Akeem Mohamed of Lot 227 Zeelugt, East Bank Essequibo, and searched a truck laden with several pallets of 1×6 dressed lumber boards prepared for export.
Several pieces of boards were drilled randomly by the ranks and revealed a whitish substance.

Pandit shot in home invasion


 

A pandit who recently returned to Guyana was shot to the chest by one of three bandits

(Above): Heeralall Doobay (inset) residence.
(Below): The front door from which the bandits ripped the board.

who invaded his Lot 3 Prospect, East Bank Demerara home during the wee hours of yesterday morning.
Heeralall Doobay, 46, has since been admitted to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).
Kaieteur News understands that around 02:00hrs, three bandits arrived at the premises on CG motorcycles. They reportedly gained access to the yard by scaling some very high zinc fences at the back of the premises.
Once in the yard, they broke the front and side doors to the lower flat of the two storey building and went into the man’s bedroom.
The bandits ransacked the home. It is suspected that Doobay ended up in a scuffle with one of the men during which he was shot to the stomach. It is still unclear if the intruders carted off any valuables.
When Kaieteur News visited the home, there was a pool of blood in the bedroom and trails of blood in the living room. There were also trails of blood inside the yard and on the parapet in front of the building. A board that was ripped out from the front door lay flat on the ground.
One of Doobay’s relatives said that he (the relative) was not there when the incident occurred but two elderly women were asleep in the upper flat of the building.
He said that the Doobay had returned from overseas about a week ago.
He said that he was told that the injured man walked out of his home and onto the parapet in front of the public road where he collapsed and was rushed to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre but was later referred to GPHC.
The relative described Doobay as a “very good man” and said that he was always willing to lend a helping hand.
One of the man’s neighbours said that she was asleep when she was awakened by noise coming from Doobay’s home. The woman related that her nephew then came and informed her that Doobay was lying on the parapet in blood.

 

Looks like cain pull some strings and getoff putagee veira from this charge.  Either that or veira sell out his co conspirators for a plea deal.

CANU releases Vieira without charge

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Stephen Vieira

Biker Stephen Vieira, who was arrested on May 18 in connection with the recent Zeelugt cocaine find, was released on Monday without any charge laid against him by the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU).

Vieira appeared before Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court on Monday with his lawyer, Latchmi Rahamat during which CANU Prosecutor, Konyo Sandiford made an application for Vieira’s arrest warrant to be recalled. The warrant was issued on May 16.

Vieira was arrested at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport after arriving on a flight from Jamaica. He was detained by the police and later handed over to CANU. CANU issued a bulletin for Vieira, two days after finding $550 million worth of cocaine in dug out timber pallets that were being prepared for export to the US.

As investigations continue into the cocaine bust, race car driver Nazim Gafoor and his father Tazim Gafoor were released Thursday last, but are required to visit CANU headquarters on a daily basis pending the outcome of the investigations.

Sawmill owner, Narine Lall is still out of the jurisdiction. On May 12, members of CANU swooped down on a lumber yard at Lot 227 Zeelugt, East Bank Essequibo, where they conducted a search on a truck that was laden with several pallets of 1×6 dressed lumber that was being prepared for export to the US.

During the search, several boards were reportedly drilled randomly and revealed a whitish substance suspected to be cocaine. The truck was escorted to CANU headquarters where the lumber was further examined and proved that each of the compromised boards had a dugout cavity with vacuum sealed plastic packets containing cocaine pasted therein.  A total of 84.986 kilograms of cocaine was found.

Bandits rob Parfaite Harmonie family

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Armed bandits robbed a family in Onderneeming, Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara after entering through an opened door at the northern section of the house on Monday night.

The bandits carted off jewellery, cell phones and cash. Reports indicate that two of the armed robbers surprised the family while they were socialising in the hall of their home. One of the occupants was gun-butted and within minutes the men relieved the four persons of their valuables before fleeing on foot and firing a round in the air.

The injured man was identified as Ramesh Singh. He was treated at the hospital and sent away. The police were contacted and statements were provided as investigations continue.

Man strips naked, vandalise Popeyes fast food outlet

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A man supposedly in his 20s in now in Police custody following an act of vandalism committed on the Popeyes fast food outlet on Camp Street, Georgetown on Wednesday at about 18:45h.

Staff at the facility claim that a well-dressed man ‘pretending’ to be talking on the phone walked into the fast food restaurant, then jumped on the counter and kicked over three juicers before stripping himself completely naked and continue his vandalisation of the premises.

The man vandalising Popeyes, taken from the video uploaded to Facebook

“After he kicked down the juice machines, he pull down the whole tray of chicken and then cuff up the monitors. Then he go to the cash register and pull out the cable. He then stripped naked and pull down the metal shelves,” a staff who was on duty at the time told this media house.

During the ordeal, the other staffers reportedly ran into the back of the kitchen and hid in the “chiller”, while four customers who were dining at the time left their meals and “ran out the door.”

The security guard, who was then outside of the fast food outlet, reportedly whipped out his phone and contacted the police. However, by the time they responded, the man had left the outlet, still naked. Ranks reportedly caught up with him a short distance from Popeyes.

The man’s actions apparently stemmed from the Popeyes’ staff refusing to charge his mobile phone when he visited the place on Tuesday.

Nevertheless, after closing early on Wednesday evening, the popular fast food outlet was up and running yesterday (Thursday). Nothing was reported stolen, and the cost for the damages incurred was not disclosed.

Investigations are, however, ongoing

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