Crime Tracker Guyana, since May 2015

Life so hard in Guyana under the afc/pnc that even the dead ain't safe. 

Bandits raid tomb of Hampshire girl

 
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The tomb that was vandalised

…carts off with jewellery and cash

THE family of a six-year-old girl who died after a prolonged illness in May 2017, was shocked to find her tomb vandalised and jewellery and cash stolen on Sunday-last some seven months later.

The discovery was made when the family visited the tomb of Lacy Jagroop Mohanlall called “Sarah” at Hampshire Village Corentyne.

Bharat Jagroop called “Blackie”, 45, the father of the deceased said during the Christmas holidays the family visited the site and as is customary took her favourite toys and candies and everything was intact. He explained that the final touches to the tomb was scheduled for Friday but upon arrival to complete the job the family was shocked to find the resting place of their “angel” vandalized.

“Last Sunday I decide I gon finish the last part of the tiling and everybody went, the shock we get was hard to see the whole tomb bruk up. My wife fainted; she couldn’t bear to see what happened”.

He said he left to inform the police and after they checked the casket the body was intact but the jewellery and the money she was buried with was missing. “It’s really hurtful to see after so long she buried, somebody would do something like this. I feel sad about this whole thing, it made us all feel sick.”

The family explained that from birth Lacy Jagroop Mohanlall called “Sarah” was diagnosed with a disability and a brain tumor but lived a life full of energy and happiness until her last moment. The mother Parhbattie Sahadat called “Sita”, said losing her young child was very difficult and to know she was laid to rest and then had her resting place disturbed is alarming. Mr.Jagroop, said the entire incident has left the family mourning all over again and is also calling on the Neighborhood Democratic Council (NDC), to clear the overgrown bushes around the cemetery. Police were notified of the incident and have since launched an investigation.

 
 

ard in Guyana under the pnc/afc that even the dead ain't safe.

 

Armed men rob grasscutters of machines


 

The two workers (from right) Ramdin and Boodram Hemraj still decked in their work attire

As the days seem to become tougher, thieves have been going to the extent of robbing even sanitation workers.

Just yesterday, two sanitation workers were robbed of their weeding machines around 05:35 am as they were preparing to begin work.

The workers, Boodram Hemraj, a 61-year old father of two, of Independence Street, La Grange, West Bank Demerara;  and Ramdin, (only name given), 49-year old father of two, also of Independence Street, said they had just arrived at their worksite on Church Street, Georgetown when two armed men on a motorcycle approached them.

Hemraj was quick to note that the rider of the motorcycle, which bore no number plate, demanded his machine, which he handed over. Ramdin was resistant.

Ramdin noted that he did not want to hand over his only source of income, but changed his mind quickly when the rider, a light-complexioned male, instructed the passenger, a dark-complexioned person, to shoot him. “

Ramdin said he has been doing this kind of work for the past two years.

 
Drugb posted:

Mars spent 3 months in Guyana and say there is no crime.  We must be living in an alternate universe. 

You are a veritable jackass who must be living in an alternate universe if you think I said that there is no crime.

Mars posted:
Drugb posted:

Mars spent 3 months in Guyana and say there is no crime.  We must be living in an alternate universe. 

You are a veritable jackass who must be living in an alternate universe if you think I said that there is no crime.

You should kiss Jagdeo and the PPP feet for turning the country around after 27 years of Pnc destruction. You are able to reap the benefits of significantly increased property price for family property. 

Armed bandits rob cashier at C&F Mall

 

…suspected getaway car abandoned in Agricola backdam

Police are investigating a robbery under arms committed on a 22-year-old cashier at the C&F Mall located at Bagotstown Public Road, East Bank Demerara, by two males, one of whom was armed with a handgun.
An investigation revealed that at about 10:25h on Thursday morning, the victim was in the cashier cage of the Western Union section of the supermarket which is located on the upper flat of the two-story building, when she was approached by the suspects, one of whom pointed a gun at her and demanded cash. She complied and handed over an undisclosed amount of cash, after which the men exited the building.
The victim immediately made an alarm and the owner of the business who was in a nearby office and is a licensed firearm holder responded and gave chase after the bandits who entered a waiting motor car, which sped through Water Street, Bagotstown.
During the chase, the licensed firearm holder discharged several rounds in the bandits’ direction. It is not known at this time if the bandits were injured.
Investigators have since impounded what is suspected to be the getaway car and are currently processing a vehicle. Police said the vehicle, which was found abandoned in Agricola Backdam, carries a hire car registration number and has several suspected bullet holes at the rear.
The Police in a statement said stringent efforts are being made to have the perpetrators arrested and brought to justice.

 

Unlicensed .32 pistol, sub-machine gun, ammo found

 

Police search house in Lodge

 

…3 females in custody

 

A Guyana Police Force report has detailed that ranks conducting an intelligence-led operation on a house at D’Urban Street, Lodge — on Wednesday, at about 18:30h – have unearthed an unlicensed .32 pistol with 3 rounds and a sub-machine gun with 6 rounds.
Three female occupants of the house have been taken into custody, and are assisting with the investigation.

 

Motorcycle bandit caught after Plaisance robbery

 
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The firearm that was found

PROMPT response by ranks of Sparendaam Police Station has resulted in the arrest of one of two motorcycle bandits who violently attacked and robbed a Plaisance resident of a gold chain valued $ 220,000.

The robbery occurred at Britain Street, Plaisance, East Coast Demerara Wednesday night.

Police Press Officer, Superintendent Jairam Ramlakhan said inquires disclosed that the victim who resides at Victoria Road, Plaisance, was on the road conversing with a relative when the suspects approached on a motorcycle.

The pillion rider brandishing a handgun, dismounted and gun-butted the victim to his head, relieved him of his jewellery and quickly rejoined his accomplice, fleeing the scene.

Ramlakhan said the matter was reported and one of the suspects was arrested shortly after in Plaisance.

“Though he was positively identified by the victim who is a police constable stationed at an interior location, he has denied the allegation. The stolen property has not been recovered or the firearm allegedly used, found. The accomplice and the motorcycle are being sought as investigations continue,” the police press officer said.

Also on Wednesday night, around 20:15 hrs, police acting on information received, arrested a 23-year-old, unemployed male of Soesdyke, Linden Highway.

An unlicensed Taurus pistol with four live rounds was found in a house at Self Help Square, East Ruimveldt, Georgetown in which the suspect was hiding

Woman swindled of $4.1M in house lot scam

 
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Vishaul Moonilal

A 44-year-old real estate officer accused of swindling over $4.1M from a woman in a house lot scam was on Friday remanded to prison.

Vishaul Moonilal, who is serving a 68-month sentence for similar matters, appeared before City Magistrate Fabayo Azore on eight fraud-related matterrs
Particulars of the first charge allege that on February 5,2015, Moonilall obtained the sum of $370,000 GYD from Dian Cosby, by falsely pretending that he was in a position to survey lot 10-21 Plantation Soesdyke, East Bank Demerara.

It is also alleged that the accused on March 20, 2015 at Georgetown obtained the sum of $450US valued $900,000 GYD from Cosby for a court case, knowing same to be false.
Moonilall was also charged for obtaining $2,000US from Cosby on June 16,2015 under the pretence that the money was used to hire an attorney and legal fees, knowing same to be false.

The court heard that on June 11, 2015, Moonilall obtained the sum of $3,000 US valued $600,000 GYD, to do an appraisal for lot 10-21 Plantation Soesdyke, East Bank Demerara.
It is also alleged that during October, 2015, he obtained $2,000US from Cosby by pretending that he was in a position to sell house lots at Plantation Soesdyke, East Bank Demerara, knowing same to be false.

Moonilall is also accused of obtaining $4050US, valued $810GYD, from Cosby by falsely pretending that the money was to be paid for surveying the house lots.
It is further alleged that on November 6, 2015 he obtained $600,000 from Cosby to survey the house lots.

Lastly, it is alleged that the accused on June 16, 2017 obtained the sum of $400,000 GYD from Cosby by pretending that he was in a position to retain a lawyer on her behalf.
Police Prosecutor Simone Payne objected to the accused being released on bail on the grounds that the accused was currently serving a 68-month sentence for similar charges.

However, attorney Marcel Bobb told the court that most of the charges that his client was convicted for were in the process of being appealed.
Nevertheless, Magistrate Azore remanded the man until January 24.

Taxi driver charged for rape, sexually assaulting sex workers


 

Charged: Thurston Semple

A taxi driver who allegedly tied up two sex workers on separate occasions after having sex with them was yesterday charged for rape and sexual assault.
Thirty-three-year-old Thurston Semple, of Tucville, Georgetown, appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.
The first charge alleged that between November 30, and again on December 1, last, at Georgetown, he engaged in sexual penetration of a woman without her consent.
It was further alleged that between January 3 and January 4, at Georgetown, he sexually assaulted another woman.
He was not required to plead to the indictable charges. The matters were held in-camera.
Semple was represented by Attorney-at-law Bernard DaSilva was asked that bail be granted to his client in a reasonable amount.
The attorney’s bail application was upheld by the Magistrate and Semple was released on $400,000 bail. He was instructed to make his next court appearance on February 5.
According to reports, Semple picked up the sex workers on separate occasions and took them to his home, where he agreed to pay them $10,000 each for performing sex acts on him.
However, after the sex acts with the sex workers, Semple tied their hands and feet, placed them in his car and took them back at the location where he met them without paying for their service.
A few months ago, Semple had a matter of escaping lawful custody dismissed against him by Senior Magistrate Dylon Bess in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.
It is alleged that on August 31 last, while being in lawful custody at the Agricola Police Outpost, pending investigation of an alleged rape and robbery, he escaped lawful custody.
The Magistrate told the court that the prosecution was unable to prove their case beyond reasonable doubt citing that insufficient evidence was led by the prosecution team.
He added that the accused was charged under the wrong section of the law.
According to information on the day in question about 23:40 hrs, the defendant was arrested and taken into police custody on an allegation of rape and robbery.
It was reported that about 02:30hrs the following day, the prisoner managed to unlock his handcuff and ran out the station after pushing a female police constable down who attempted to stop him.

US warns its citizens about Guyana’s crime rate – Says local police lack resources to respond to serious crime


 

The US Department of State has issued a warning to its citizens, who might be travelling to Guyana. It asked that visitors exercise increased caution due to the country’s crime rate.
It is unclear if the recent spate of armed robberies throughout the country is what pushed the US Department of States to issue the warning on its site, Travel.State.Gov on January 10, last. The site is where US citizens go to get information about a country before travelling.
There are four advisory levels: Level one—exercise normal precautions; Level two—exercise increased caution; Level three—reconsider travel and Level four— do not travel.
Guyana is listed under level two with a message, “violent crime, such as armed robbery and murder, is common (in Guyana). Local police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents.”
Guyana is at the same level with Jamaica. That country recorded 38 murders, 16 shooting and 17 robberies for the first six days in the year.
The US Department of State urged its citizens, who are travelling to Guyana, to be extra vigilant when visiting banks and ATMs; avoid walking or driving at night; do not show signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive watches or jewellery and not to physically resist any robbery attempt.
Since the year started, there has been an increased in armed robberies with three to four reported cases daily. Only on Thursday, there were two reported cases of armed robberies, one involving a 34-year-old woman who was robbed at gunpoint by two bandits on a motorcycle.
Andrea Prerbersy was attacked by the men around 15:15 hrs in Alberttown, Georgetown, and robbed of her handbag, gold band and almost $5 million.
According to information received, the victim went to Light and Sixth Streets, Alberttown when two men rode up to her. The pillion rider dismounted the motorcycle and pointed the gun at the woman, demanding that she throw her bag.
The suspect picked up the bag and escaped.

Linden robbery suspects arrested in Georgetown

 
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ex-policeman among three held

Following a daring robbery committed on a miner on Old Year’s Day at  Republic Avenue, McKenzie,Linden diligent work by the Guyana Police Force has led to the arrest of the alleged suspects in Festival City in Georgetown .

The robbery , which was captured on closed circuit television cameras, led to an intensive collaborative work between detectives of Linden,CID Headquarters,Georgetown and the East Coast of Demerara.

The suspects , one of whom is an ex policeman , have been positively identified by the victim on Saturday during and identification parade. Miner , Trava Campbell, of Mackenzie, Linden was robbed of a quantify of jewellery by three men.

The police also impounded a motor car which was stolen during the commission of a robbery at Better Hope,East Coast Demerara on December 30th last. It was found in possession of the suspects when they were arrested.
The police also discovered a fake registration which was produced by one of the suspects for the said vehicle.
The suspects , who reside at Unity Place, North Ruimveldt are scheduled to be placed on several identification parades within the next few days in relation to several carjackings.

Machine operator killed by bandit

 
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THE police are investigating the murder of Ishwar Ramanah, 30, called “Jack” of 624 Macaw Drive ,Kaneville, East Bank Demerara (EBD) who was shot in the abdomen during a robbery at his home about 00:10h on Saturday.

According to a police report, the machine operator, who was shot by one of two bandits, was rushed to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre where he was treated and transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital. He underwent surgery there but later succumbed to his injuries. The police are investigating the incident.

Shot fired as bandit attempts to take Police gun

 

A shot was fired in downtown Georgetown on Saturday afternoon after an alleged bandit attempted to relieve a City Police of his service pistol.

Marlon Frederick after he was subdued

According to reports, the officer, Adam Hoyte, was on patrol duties when 34-year-old Marlon Frederick of Tiger Bay, Georgetown – who was wanted for questioning in connection with a robbery – was observed between Charlotte and Regent Streets, Georgetown.
As such, Hoyte attempted to apprehend Frederick who began to run. The officer gave chase and caught up with the suspect on Robb Street, near to Wellington Street.
However, the man began to fight Hoyte for his service pistol – a 9mm Tauras pistol – which was in his holster at his waist.
In doing so, the firearm discharged one round; however, no one was shot. Both men received injuries to their heads as a result of the scuffle.
Frederick was later subdued and escorted to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was treated and is being kept for observation.
Hoyte was also treated and sent away. Investigations are continuing.

Man fatally shot outside City Constabulary headquarters

 
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A 34 year-old man , who was detained by the City Constabulary following an escape bid on Saturday , was fatally shot on Sunday afternoon.

Reports are that Marlon Fredericks , who relatives described as mentally unstable , was allegedly shot by a City Constable  during an escape bid in front of the body’s Regent Street office at Bourda. The shooting occurred in the presence of the man’s relatives , shortly after 1330hrs.

On Saturday , Fredericks , who was said to be a vendor on Regent Street , attempted to escape from a constabulary patrol .

He was later captured by a constable and in the process, a round was discharged while the rank attempted to arrest the man. Reports are that the man attempted to disarm the constable.

A police patrol later assisted in the man’s arrest.

Motorcycle bandits captured in La Penitence

…1 identified as active Joint Services rank

 

Two motorcycle bandits, one identified as an active member of the Joint Services, who robbed a Providence resident of over $5 million were on Saturday night arrested by ranks of the Police A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara).
According to reports, the men were apprehended at Middle Road, La Penitence, Georgetown around 23:30h.
Details surrounding the arrest revealed that acting on information, lawmen swooped down on the La Penitence home of the rank.
The man was, however, not at home at the time and a 67-year-old relative of his was taken into custody after an unlicensed pistol with nine live rounds, five cellular phones and a motorcycle were discovered at the premises.
The rank was later handed over by his superiors and has since confessed to the crime. He also named his accomplice to Police and that person was later apprehended.
The robbery was carried out on a 34-year-old woman of Perseverance, Providence, East Bank Demerara (EBD).
Enquiries disclosed that the victim was visiting a location in Pere Street, Kitty, Georgetown when two identifiable males rode up on a motorcycle.
The pillion rider reportedly dismounted and pointed a handgun towards the victim while ordering her to throw her brown leather bag, valued approximately $150,000, which contained $4.9 million in cash, one Samsung Galaxy S6 phone, her Identification Card, passport, bank cards, one gold band valued at $55,000 and one gold anklet valued at $100,000, among other valuables, towards him.
Out of fear, the woman reportedly complied. The perpetrator then picked up the bag, hopped back on to the waiting motorcycle and escaped. (Kizzy Coleman

Ex-cop arrested for robbing gold miner at gunpoint

 

An ex-policeman of Unity Place, North Ruimveldt, Georgetown and his accomplice were on Friday last arrested after they were positively identified by a gold miner whom they robbed of his jewellery on Old Year’s Day.
According to information received, the suspects attacked the victim at Republic Avenue, Mackenzie, Linden where they gunbutted him and relieved him of the said jewellery.
Guyana Times understands that the ex-cop and his accomplice were captured in Festival City, Georgetown.
However, further investigations carried out by ranks of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), in collaboration with detectives in Linden, revealed that the motor car in which the men were found during their arrest was identified as being stolen during a robbery at Better Hope, East Coast Demerara (ECD).
The Police, in a statement, disclosed that even though the victim’s vehicle engine and chassis numbers corresponded with his registration, a purportedly fake registration was produced by one of the suspects for the said vehicle.
The two suspects are scheduled to be placed on several identification parades within the next few days in relation to several carjackings.

Two shot dead in Pomeroon

 
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POLICE are investigating the murder of farmers, Ambrose Baharally, 28, called “Jadge” of Grant Stelling Hope, Lower Pomeroon River, and Martin Godette,23, of Friendship Canal, also Lower Pomeroon River, on Sunday.

Police in a release said both were shot to the head at around 15: 30 hours at Grant Stelling Hope, Lower Pomeroon River, allegedly by two males who were armed with handguns.
Preliminary investigations revealed that the victims were seen conversing with the suspects about 15:10hrs. Shortly after, two loud explosions were heard and the suspects were seen fleeing the scene by boat.

Police said the victims were discovered motionless and were taken to the Charity Public Hospital where they were pronounced dead on arrival.
The bodies are at the Suddie Hospital Mortuary awaiting post-mortems.
Investigators have retrieved a 9MM spent shell and a live ammunition at the scene.
Police say stringent efforts are being made to apprehend the suspects.

COPS UNDER PRESSURE…Twelve gun robberies in thirteen days, bike bandits behind nine attacks


 

 

– bike bandits account for nine attacks

With at least 12 recorded gunpoint robberies in 13 days, police have had their hands filled in keeping a lid on crime in the first 13 days of the year.
But from reports sent out to the media from the start of the year to yesterday, police appear to be fighting back, seizing some nine unlicensed firearms, and impounding at least three cars believed used in the commissioning of crimes, and detaining seal suspects.
From the statistics compiled by Kaieteur News, most of the robberies occurred in ‘A’ and ‘C’ Divisions. A relief for the lawmen is that there have been only two recorded murders so far.
But they have had to contend with a series of brazen robberies, of which at least nine were committed by gunmen on motorcycles.
On January 2, Kathryn Persico-Newton, 50, a teacher, had just left a commercial bank when two men on a motorcycle robbed her at gunpoint of some $1.2M in front of her Third Street, Alberttown home.
On January 6, Marcia Adams, 34, a cashier employed at Kamboat Restaurant, Herstelling, stepped out of a bus at Peter’s Hall, East Bank Demerara, where her husband was waiting, when a man on a white motor cycle rode up pointed gun and relieved her of a cell phone, bank card, and $35,000.
Three days later, gunmen on motorcycles struck twice in the space of three hours.
Debra Skeete, a 49-year-old dental surgeon, was held at gunpoint outside her Eccles, East Bank Demerara home. She had just left the Republic Bank branch, located on the public road at Diamond, East Bank Demerara.
The gunmen, who were on a motorcycle, robbed her of 60 Pounds Sterling, $25,000 in local currency, which were in a shoulder bag containing an iPhone, a Samsung galaxy phone, Republic Bank and GBTI cards, and national identification and NIS cards.
Police said that Dr. Skeete went to the Republic Bank at around 10:45 hrs, she deposited $25,000 in the ATM, then drove to Bounty Supermarket, located on the public road at Grove, East Bank Demerara.
Dr. Skeete then drove to her home located on the East Bank. She had just parked when two men on a motorcycle rode up to her. One of the men then went to the driver’s side and ordered the dental surgeon to hand over her bag.
When she hesitated, the robber drew a handgun, opened the car door and snatched the bag. He then escaped on the motorcycle with his accomplice.
Then, at around 13:45 hrs, a gunman on a motorbike struck in similar fashion at Mittelholzer Street, Festival City, robbing Whitfield Wright, 74, of $527,000 in his yard.
Police said that Wright had withdrawn the cash from a Scotiabank branch. He then drove to his Festival City home, and had entered his yard when a man, who was riding a motorcycle, held him at gunpoint and relieved him of an envelope containing the money. The attacker then escaped.
On that same day, an accountant attached to the Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI), her taxi driver, and a supervisor attached to Prittipaul Singh Investment were victims of similar robberies.
Louren Thomas, 29, of Block 2 Providence, East Bank Demerara (EBD) and taxi driver, Mark Horgobin of Duncan Street, Kitty, Georgetown were robbed of their phones and $20,000 cash around 20:30 hrs at Providence Housing Scheme by a lone gunman on a bike.
According to information received, the accountant left her work place in Horgobin’s taxi. While on Green Field Road, Providence, a male rode past the taxi and made a sudden stop in front of the car, forcing the driver to stop.
The biker then struck the taxi driver to the head with a gun then grabbed the victims’ valuables and escaped.
Also on January 9, sanitation workers Boodram Hemraj and Ramdin were at a worksite on Church Street, Georgetown when two armed men on a motorcycle without number plates, approached them.
The victims quickly handed over their grass-cutters when the pillion rider ordered his accomplice to shoot.
Meanwhile, that same day, 51-year-old Shafeek Azeez, a supervisor at Prittipaul Singh Investment was robbed of $40,000 at the entrance of his workplace, by two men on a CG motorcycle.
But police had some luck that day. Prompt response by ranks of the Sparendaam Police Station, resulted in the arrest of one of two motorcycle bandits who violently attacked and robbed a police rank of a gold chain valued at $ 220,000.
The policeman was conversing with a relative two men on a motorcycle rode up. The pillion gun-butted the policeman, snatched of his chain and rode off with his accomplice.
One of the suspects was arrested shortly after in Plaisance and positively identified.
Striking again on January, CG bandits with guns snatched almost $5 million in cash and other valuables from a woman they had trailed to Pere Street, Kitty.
The robbers also relieved their Perseverance, East Bank Demerara victim of a Samsung Galaxy S6 phone, a gold ankle band and documents, including her national ID and bank cards.
The gunmen had apparently followed their victim from the bank to her home, located at Light and Sixth Street, Alberttown.
Gunmen also used cars, suspected to have been stolen, in at least three robberies.
On January 6, two gunmen invaded the Hadfield Street Lodge home of customs broker Winston Gray, 61, and Veronica Griffith 61.

This bullet-riddled car was found at the back of Agricola after a robbery


Gray was awakened by one of the men, who slapped him.
The men made off with Gray’s licensed .32 pistol and 100 live rounds of ammunition; $50,000, $1M in jewellery and a cell phone.
They relieved Mrs. Griffith of a cell phone, $200,000 in jewellery and $65,000.
On January 9, Dominique Garraway, 21, was held at gunpoint at Crown and New Garden Streets. The bandit relieved Garraway of two gold bands, a pair of shades and $25,000 in cash. Police said the attacker escaped in a burgundy Toyota Allion which had the logo of a well-known taxi service.
On January 11, at around 10:25 hrs, bandits invaded the C&F Mall at Bagotstown, East Bank Demerara. They held
a 22 year old cashier at gunpoint, forcing her to hand over an undisclosed amount of cash. They then fled.
The cashier raised an alarm and the owner of the business, who was in a nearby office and is a licensed holder of a firearm, pursued the robbers, who were fleeing in a waiting car, through Water Street, Bagotstown.
The businessman discharged several rounds at the getaway car.
Investigators later impounded bullet-riddled vehicle that they found abandoned in the Agricola Backdam.
COPS FIGHTING BACK
But police appear to be making some progress in apprehending some of the perpetrators. They have also seized several illegal firearms.
Yesterday, they announced the arrest of two motorcycle bandits, including a Joint Services rank. The policemen also impounded a motorcycle, and seized an unlicensed firearm and several cell phones.
On January 11, police in ‘C’ Division arrested a suspect who had allegedly recently robbed several persons at knifepoint of their cellular phones on the East Coast Seawall. All of the stolen items have been recovered.
The alleged robber had served several prison terms for armed robbery, including attacks on victims near the Kingston seawalls.
Last week, police also detained a 58 year-old medical practitioner and her 22 year-old son after reportedly finding an unlicensed.380 pistol in their car.
On January 10, police found a .32 pistol with three rounds and a sub-machine gun with six rounds, and nine live rounds, while searching a house at Durban Street, Lodge.
Three female occupants were detained.
Also , during an intelligence led operation by ranks of the Force’s Narcotics Branch at Latchmie Street, Better Hope, ECD, police detained a 32-year-old taxi driver and his 34-year-old reputed wife who is a member of the Guyana Defence Force after an unlicensed 9mm pistol with seven (7) matching rounds was allegedly found in their house. A matching 9mm spent shell was also found in the yard.
Again on January 10, police found two unlicensed firearms in the bonnet of a hire car that GRA operatives had impounded since December 29, 2017. The vehicle was seized at Line Path, Skeldon, Berbice.
Also on January 10, ranks on a mobile arrested a 23 year old, unemployed male and allegedly found an unlicensed Taurus pistol with four live rounds was found in a house at Self Help Square, East Ruimveldt, Georgetown in which the suspect was hiding.

CG bike bandit attacks women in Campbellville

 
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TWO women were recently robbed of cash and other valuables when a lone bandit attacked them as they were about to enter a house in Campbellville, Georgetown.

The bandit escaped on a CG motorcycle before relieving them of their valuables.
The recent robbery left the two 26-year-old women who were identified as a doctor and a MACORP employee traumatised.

Reports indicate that the duo after visiting Diamond, East Bank Demerara, travelled to the doctor’s home in Campbellville, and were about to drive into the yard when they were confronted by an armed man who demanded their valuables.

The robber escaped with cash, important documents and cell phones before firing a warning shot in the air and jumping on his motorcycle to escape the scene.
Residents in the area commended the police on their prompt arrival at the scene after 911 was contacted for assistance. The matter was reported to the police and investigations are continuing.

Woman shot during Leopold St gunplay

 
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Police at the home of the injured woman ,Jacqueline Lagnah, following the shooting incident.

A 55-year-old resident of Breda and Leopold Streets, Werk-en-Rust, identified as Jacqueline Lagnah was shot twice in the lower back when two men opened fire indiscriminately on Wednesday morning in the area

A relative of the injured Jacqueline Lagnah as he vented his concerns on Wednesday, following the incident.

The incident occurred around 11:20hrs and Lagnah, a shop owner was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where she is presently in a critical condition.

Two persons are in police custody and a car lodged following the shooting incident which reportedly stemmed from an argument between a group of men in the area.

Police reported that about 20:00hrs on January 16, 2018, there was a brawl among Alkelvin Anthony called “Reddis Pratt”, 40, of Lot 377 East Ruimveldt, another man called “Barney” and some other men after “Barney” allegedly robbed one of Anthony’s friends at the said Leopold and Breda Streets area. However, at about 11:20hrs on Wednesday, Anthony and Atwell Martin called “John Kerby”, 47, of Lot 709 Penny Lane Street, South Ruimveldt went to Leopold and Breda Streets, Werk-en-Rust, in motorcar PTT 9251–a Toyota Premio–and they allegedly discharged gunshots indiscriminately when Lagnah was shot twice to the lower back.

Police stated that based on information received “Barney” was stabbed to his face; his whereabouts are unknown at this time. After the shooting, Anthony and Martin escaped in the said car. However, they were pursued by a police patrol and the car was intercepted at Penny Lane Street, South Ruimveldt, after which the two men were arrested and the said car seized.

Onlookers at Breda and Leopold Streets, Charlestown on Wednesday.

The crime scene was processed by ranks of the Crime Scene Unit and the investigations are active. When the Guyana Chronicle arrived at the scene on Wednesday morning, residents were out in their numbers. They were all tight-lipped about the incident. A man, said to be a relative of the injured Lagnah, was heard venting his concerns as police cordoned off the scene.

‘John Kerby’

Back in November 2016, an ex-policeman had pumped three bullets into Martin during an altercation outside the ‘Wings and Things’ Bar, Mandela Avenue Georgetown. Martin at the time was shot to the chest and abdomen during an argument with the ex-cop, who is a licensed firearm holder. It was reported that Martin was standing outside the hangout spot when an argument ensued between him and the ex-cop, after Martin placed some beer bottles on the man’s car and refused to remove them. It is alleged that after the argument, the ex-cop went into the bar but Martin followed and shot at the former cop, but missed. The man immediately drew his licensed handgun and discharged three rounds at Martin, hitting him in the chest and abdomen.

Soldier robbed by bicycle bandits

 

Swift action by ranks of a Police patrol led to the arrest of one of three knife-wielding bicycle bandits, who robbed a member of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) in the wee hours of Thursday.
An investigation revealed that about 02:00h, the victim, who resides at Nabaclis, East Coast Demerara (ECD), was in the company of his colleague walking along High and D’Urban Streets, Georgetown, when they were confronted by three men, all armed with knives.
The bandits pounced and relieved the victim of his phone valued $22,000; however, before the perpetrators could get anything else from the men, they fled.
While escaping from the bandits, the two army men managed to stop a passing Police patrol and related what had just transpired.
The party of patrol ranks subsequently searched the area and one of the suspects who was positively identified was arrested a short distance from where the robbery occurred.
The 20-year-old unemployed man of Norton Street, Lodge, has since been taken into Police custody and has been assisting with the investigation.

 

Teen mother killed by reputed husband at Baramita

 
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AN 18-YEAR-OLD Baramita woman has reportedly died following a beating at the hands of her reputed husband on Wednesday night.
Dead is Lorinda Thomas, a housewife and mother of one, of Barama Line, Baramita, North West District.

Reports are that the woman left her home on Wednesday to visit with relatives to take a few drinks.
She was reportedly on her way home four hours later, when she was accosted by the man, known as “Abdool” while walking in Barama Line, and an argument ensued.

It is alleged that in the heat of the moment, the man pushed Thomas to the ground and began kicking and stomping her in the abdomen, causing her to lose consciousness.

He then left her lying there and went about his business. When she regained consciousness, she got to her feet and made her way home, in spite of feeling a severe pain in the region of her abdomen.

By the following day, the pain had reportedly gotten so bad that the woman could barely stand. She decided to go to the health centre where she was admitted for observation, but died while receiving treatment.

Reports are that the couple’s four-year relationship had been stormy and that the two people would often accuse each other of infidelity. Meanwhile, the reputed husband is said to have, since the beating the now dead woman,left the area and is being sought by the police.

A post mortem will be conducted shortly to ascertain the cause of death.

PNC jackasses clueless on how to deal with this gang terrorizing and extorting miners.

Beheading of Guyanese in Venezuela… National Toshaos Council appeals for Govt. investigation


 

The victim, moments before his beheading

The National Toshaos Council (NTC) yesterday appealed to the Government to investigate the recent torture and beheading of a young Indigenous Guyanese in Venezuela.

“The National Toshaos Council condemns, in the strongest terms, the murder of one of our indigenous sons as recorded in a gruesome video,” the organisation stated in a release.

“We extend our most sincere sympathy to the family and friends.”

While not releasing the name of the slain man, the statement indicated that the Council knew the victim’s identity.

“While the video was posted on social media, we had been following developments of someone missing in a mining district and never heard from, only to find a gruesome video of the young man on social media. We have attempted to contact the family and we ask that the public respect the privacy of the family at this time.

“The NTC is keen to highlight that there is no justification for such an act, and while the video claims that those are farmers who caught a thief, we were reliably informed that the young man was employed by his murderers and never paid. When he asked for his payment, his employers took to this process to address and deter others from seeking fair compensation for their work.

“We wish to highlight that the difficulties in our neighbouring Venezuela should not be taken lightly nor taken advantage of. While we continue to ask that our Leaders provide as much humanitarian support to those Venezuelans in need, we also ask that our hospitality is not taken advantage of, nor taken for granted,” the release added.

For those who think of retribution, we ask that you walk a higher ground and show respect for your brothers and sisters, regardless of nation. These are difficult times.

“Today, we call on the Government, through the offices of the Ministry of Public Security, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Social Protection, the Ministry of Natural Resources, and the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples Affairs to conduct a thorough investigation into this brutal act and to take the necessary steps to protect all our citizens from exploitation and murder, and to enhance security at our borders to better protect the vulnerable Indigenous Peoples in border and mining communities.

“We also call on the Ministry of Education to re-examine education in Indigenous Communities and to develop clear policies that are aimed at bettering the education system in these communities that will see our peoples better catered for.

Lastly, we call on all parents, sisters, and brothers to be ever vigilant, and to love and work with our children to ensure they are better educated to avoid paths that would lead them to this end.”

The beheading reportedly occurred at least a week prior to the video being posted online. It is believed to have been carried out by members of the ruthless ‘Sindicato’ that imposes its own brand of justice in some mineral-rich areas in Venezuela.

The victim is said to be from Hosororo, located in Region One (Barima/Waini). His surname has been given as Romascindo.

The graphic video, posted online , begins with shots of the victim, who is gagged and bound, lying on the ground.

A man, with a huge knife then grabs the young miner and saws off his ears. One of the killers, holding a machete, then repeatedly hacks at the young miner’s head, as he writhes on the ground.

One report suggests that the ‘Sindicato’ members may have been incensed after the Guyanese miner demanded payment for his labour.

Police sources in ‘F’ Division said that they were not informed about the killing, which occurred in Venezuelan territory.

Members of the ‘‘Sindicato’ were also blamed for the execution-style killing of Guyanese Davinda Saywack in October 2017 in Venezuela, and  the July 2017 slaughter of Guyanese miners Vernon Eudoxie, 51, Cologne Solomon, 23, and Samuel Moses, 19,at Imataka Mining Backdam, Venezuela.

Pensioner struck after church service praying for recovery

Jan 21, 2018 News, https://www.kaieteurnewsonline...raying-for-recovery/

A pensioner who was struck down last Sunday, just as she came out of Church is praying with each day passing for her recovery, so that she can take care of her ailing husband.

Everette Beckles, 64, of 23 Public Road, La Grange, West Bank Demerara recalled that she had just come out of fellowship, last Sunday at the ‘Agape Assemblies’, also in La Grange, when she crossed the public road to speak to a friend.

https://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/images/2018/01/Grandmother.jpgEverette Beckles in GPHC

It is when she had crossed back and was standing in the corner, she said, that a speeding car, driven by a female swerved into her.
The woman said she does not recall the details of the car, or the woman driving.
She was rushed to the Best Hospital, West Bank Demerara, by her church members. Members of the Guyana Police Force subsequently turned up at the scene and took the driver into custody.
The grandmother, of five and mother of seven, was taken to the Woodlands Hospital by her children for an X-Ray. She became a patient at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation on Monday last, where she is still being treated for a fractured knee and ankle, as well as a dislocated back.
Mrs. Beckles said she is anxious to get out of the hospital because she takes care of her 70-year old husband, Dennis Beckles, who suffered a stroke.
The almost tearful woman told Kaieteur News that the female who has her in this state never even visited her at the hospital. She did however admit that the woman’s family came to visit her.

Armed bandits rob teacher, nurse

A headteacher and a nurse were recent victims of armed bandits operating in the desolate Tucber Park community in New Amsterdam, Berbice.
Reports reaching this publication state that three men, each masked and carrying a handgun, attacked and robbed 51-year-old Moira Thomas, Head Teacher of the Zorg Primary School, as she was about to park her motor cycle in her yard at Tucber Park in New Amsterdam, Berbice.
Thomas explained to this publication that she had left home at about 21:30h on Wednesday to purchase dinner. She returned shortly afterwards, and was in the process of mounting her motor cycle on its stand when she was held from behind and a cold piece of metal was placed against her neck.
“They tell me not to scream, but I loose the bike and it fall, and I start to scream out of fright; and then I see is three of them, and the two in front of me had what appeared to be guns in their hands, so I calm myself down,” Thomas detailed.
She said that by that time she had fallen to the ground, and began begging for her life while indicating that she would give the bandits whatever they wanted. But even before she had so said, the box of food was pulled from her hand. The men also took a pouch containing her driver’s licence and other documents for her motor cycle.
“They just collect everything and run out the yard, and I get up and start running to go inside; but I had to turn back to turn off the bike and take out the key, because the house key and the bike key (are) on the same bunch,” she said.
Thomas said she called the Police and informed them of what had transpired, even as she expressed fear that the bandits might return now that she was inside the house. She said she was told that a patrol was in the area.
The woman said she also called one of her daughters and several friends, and related the incident as she waited for the Police to arrive.

Police a no-show
At about 01:30h on Thursday, still in fright because she had not seen the Police, Thomas called a taxi, and when it arrived, she left her home and went to a relative’s home to sleep.
“When the taxi come I peep outside, and then I run out the house and in the taxi with speed,” she detailed.
She said that when she returned home at about 06:30h on Thursday, there were two officers in her yard. They said they were responding to a call. She said the officers told her that they were given the wrong direction.
“They say that I was hysterical and so the direction (I gave them) was wrong. They lie! I know I give them the right direction to my house every time I call. What about my daughter? What about my friends? They were hysterical?” she questioned.
Thomas has since filed a report of the Police action, or rather lack of action.
On the evening prior to Thomas’s attack, three men — also carrying guns — held a nurse at gunpoint as she was walking home in Tucber Park, New Amsterdam. The men escaped with the woman’s cash, jewelry and a cellular phone.
Significantly, that incident took place just outside of Thomas’s premises.
Police say they are investigating both incidents.

Cops probe slain girl’s link to ‘group’ in bizarre cemetery murder

Jan 22, 2018 News, https://www.kaieteurnewsonline...rre-cemetery-murder/

– as victim’s dad vows to help find killers

What connection, if any, does an online group have with the still-unsolved murder of a teenage girl who was battered to death in a cemetery last December?
That’s the question that detectives are seeking answers to, as they pursue the killer or killers of 18-year-old Rainella Benfield, whose body was found in a cemetery at Triumph, East Coast Demerara on December 11, 2017.
Benfield, a receptionist who was employed with Qualfon, was apparently killed by someone who repeatedly struck her in the face with a rock. The bloodstained ‘weapon’ was left near the corpse.
The method in which she was slain has led to the conclusion that vengeance, for some possible grievance, was the motive.
“From the outset, when we look at the type of injuries sustained, and the postmortem, we realised that it (the killing) would have been meted out (because) of grievance, affair, passion, as it relates to something she may have known or heard,” Crime Chief Paul Williams told journalists at a recent press conference.
The Crime Chief also said that information had surfaced that has caused his detectives to be “looking at a group to see definitely if there is any information that we can use to pursue further investigations.”
The ‘group’ to which Williams referred reportedly comprises individuals, who first corresponded via ‘WhatsApp.
“From my understanding, the group started to meet, and then began to get bigger,” Rainella’s father, Rainsford Benfield, told Kaieteur News this week.
“For me, it seems that it moved from being a company to being a cult.”
But Mr. Benfield said that he knew nothing about the group to which his daughter belonged until after her death.
He speculates that his daughter was slain “because of something she found out, or something she may have done, or refused to do.”

Murdered: Rainella Benfield

The area where Rainella was found

According to Mr. Benfield, who saw his daughter’s body, said Rainella “practically did not have a face,” because of the ferocity of the attack.
Mr. Benfield says he’s determined that his daughter’s killers will be found.
“It will not b another unsolved case. I will go the full length (for justice) and I will not give up.”
SUSPECTS
Police have been reluctant to disclose many details about their investigations, or other theories pertaining to the case. Five individuals, including the slain girl’s fiancé, were initially detained.
Kaieteur News understands that investigators are attempting to locate a Beterveragting resident whom they consider to be “a person of interest,” in the investigation.
Rainella Benfield, of Lot 99 Canterbury Walk, Beterverwagting, East Coast Demerara, was reportedly last seen alive at around 18:00 hrs on Saturday, December 9.
A male friend of Rainella’s had said that that she had planned to spend the night out with a group of friends at Mahaicony. But the receptionist cancelled at the last moment, since she had to work late the following day.
On Monday, December 11, she was found dead in the Triumph cemetery.
It is suspected that she was slain the previous Saturday, since persons in the area reportedly heard someone screaming in the vicinity of the cemetery.

Bourda shooting death…Mom wants man seen in video kicking son to also be charged

Jan 22, 2018 News, https://www.kaieteurnewsonline...-to-also-be-charged/

One week after a city rank was given a manslaughter charge for killing mentally ill Marlon Fredericks, the victim’s mother is seeking to have the man seen on video kicking her son to be charged as well.
Fredericks, of Tiger Bay, Georgetown was shot by a city constable on January 16 last as he attempted to escape from the lock ups of the Bourda City Constabulary.
But the day before he was shot, a video surfaced on social media which showed another man, believed to be a former law enforcement rank, kicking Fredericks as he lay on the ground.
The video sparked widespread outcry, with many viewers, including social activists, calling for him to be charged with assault.
Fredericks’ mother, Claudette Fredericks, has now joined calls for an investigation to be launched into the incident.
Mrs. Fredericks noted it is still unclear what her son did to deserve the beating he sustained.
“The video is clear, that the guy, (the assailant is seen violating another human. I mean, my son was already under duress by another rank. It did not call for all of that battery.”

The individual recorded on video kicking Fredericks

Dead: Marlon Fredericks

Charged: Gregory Bascom

The woman says she still does not understand clearly the circumstances of her son’s arrest
“At one time, I was told that he was detained over some incident he had with a woman but I am still to understand what exactly the issue was.”
The woman is therefore hoping that “the law of the land takes effect because there is evidence of an assault on video.”
“Let justice take its course.”
The rank seen in the video has since been identified as a former Tactical Services Unit (TSU) rank. He was interdicted last year for allegedly striking a woman in the face.
It was alleged that the woman went to the station to make a report. While there, she and the police rank became involved in an argument, which ended with the alleged assault.

2 found with illegal gun, ammo

Two teenagers were on Wednesday last arrested by ranks in connection with robbery under arms.
The du –, Christopher Webster, 19, a mason of 2444 Collis Acknowledge Street, North Ruimveldt, Georgetown and Sheldon Peters, also 19, of Lot 789 C Field Sophia, Greater Georgetown are now in the custody of Police.
Details surrounding the arrest are sketchy; however, the two men are said to be implicated in a recent robbery under arms carried out on a couple.
They are expected to be taken before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts shortly on charges.
Meanwhile, two men are now in the custody of Police after they were on Wednesday last apprehended with an illegal firearm and ammunition.
The 29-year-old and 31-year-old both, of Festival City, North Ruimveldt, were arrested around 19:00h.
According to information received, ranks who were conducting a raid exercise in the East La Penitence Station District swooped down on the Festival City house and the discovery was made.
The snub-nose .32 revolver #A152911, along with two live matching rounds of ammunition, was found hidden.
As such, the two perpetrators were apprehended and taken into Police custody.
On Friday last, the two men, Damion Favorite and Carl Lockhart, appeared before the Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan where they were arraigned for the said offence.
They both denied committing the offence and were remanded to prison until January 26, 2018.

Freed robbery accused arrested within hours of being released

Jan 23, 2018 News, https://www.kaieteurnewsonline...s-of-being-released/

Mere hours after having a robbery under arms charged dismissed against him in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts, a mechanic was arrested and taken into custody at the Brickdam Police Station after he attempted to sneak two packets of cigarettes and a bottle of vodka contained in a Sprite bottle into the lock-ups.
The items were concealed in a black plastic bag.

Leon Smart

Leon Smart, of Lot 51 East Ruimveldt, Georgetown, after having his matter dismissed early in the morning by the Magistrate, went away and returned at approximately 14:15 hrs with the contrabands.
The police officers at the lock-ups after realising what the bag contained, arrested Smart and escorted him to the Brickdam Police Station.
Smart, Kelvin Emperor, 27, a labourer of West Ruimveldt, Georgetown, and Nzumi Scipio, 37, a vendor of Mocha Squatting Area, East Bank Demerara, were charged, on November 24, last, at Bel Air Park, Georgetown. At the time, they were in the company of each other and armed with a gun. They robbed Tasia De Souza of two cellular phones valued $220,000, a pair of gold band and chain valued $45,000, a purse valued $7,000 and $227,000 cash.
It was further alleged that on the same day at the same location, the trio robbed Davananad Pablall of one Iphone valued $150,000.
Emperor pleaded guilty to both charges and was sentenced to 50 months imprisonment by Principal Magistrate, Judy Latchman.
Smart and Scipio’s trial was transferred to Senior Magistrate, Faith McGusty and the matter was dismissed against them, yesterday.

Not satisfied with loot, bandits stab and chop victims

Jan 24, 2018 News, https://www.kaieteurnewsonline...ab-and-chop-victims/

-suspect held

Masked bandits armed with knives and cutlasses left a Sisters Village, West Bank Demerara grocer and his wife with multiple stab wounds after invading the couple’s shop at around 21.00 hrs on Monday.

Hemwattie Mohabir, 45, was stabbed in her hands, left shoulder, left leg and hip, while her husband, who was struck in the head, was stabbed in the abdomen.

They have been admitted to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC). The victims are both conscious, but doctors are said to be closely monitoring Mr. Mohabir’s condition.

Hemwattie Mohabir

Police said that the victims were preparing to close their shop when four masked men, armed with knives and cutlasses, barged in, and demanded cash and other valuables. Not satisfied with what they got, the suspects inflicted several stab and chop wounds on the victims before fleeing the scene with a small sum of cash and other items.

“Prompt action by the police resulted in the apprehension of a male who fits the description of one of the suspects. The suspect, who resides on the West Bank of Demerara, was held with a knife in close proximity of the robbery scene.

Hemwattie Mohabir told Kaieteur News she was just about to close their liquor and grocery shop, when two men, who had knives, and with their faces hidden by stockings, barged in.

“I start fighting with them and they start to ‘juck’ me,” the woman said. According to the injured woman, she tried to unmask one of the robbers, but found that he had another mask beneath the stockings concealing his face.

The robbers also attacked Mr. Mohabir, who was outside of the shop, clubbing him on the head and stabbing him in the region of his navel.

One of the robbers entered the upstairs flat but then retreated without taking anything.

The injured Mrs. Mohabir managed to contact a relative by phone. A neighbour reportedly took the victims to the West Demerara Regional Hospital. They were subsequently transferred to the GPHC.

The Mohabirs were also the victims of two burglaries last year.

Accused in Kaneville robbery/murder refused bail

https://www.kaieteurnewsonline...murder-refused-bail/

A 22-year-old year old man has been charged for the murder of Kaneville machine operator, Ishwar Ramanah.

Charged: Rayon Carter

Rayon Carter of Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara was unrepresented by legal counsel when he made his initial appearance before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts yesterday.
According to the allegation, Carter murdered Ramanah at Kaneville, East Bank Demerara during the course of a robbery. The accused was not required to plea to the charge and was remanded to prison until February 22.
Reports are that Ramanah, 30, called ‘Jack,’ of 624 Macaw Drive, Kaneville, East Bank Demerara, was shot on December 13, 2017, by a gunman, who, with an accomplice, invaded his home and relieved him of a $40,000 gold chain.
The injured man was admitted to the Georgetown Public Hospital in a critical condition and later succumbed. Police recovered a spent shell from a weapon of small calibre at the scene.
The suspect was later identified as Carter who was previously placed on $100,000 bail for allegedly stealing a BlackBerry Torch smartphone from a woman.

Dead: Ishwar Ramanah

Attempted murder accused remanded on robbery charge

Jan 24, 2018 News, https://www.kaieteurnewsonline...d-on-robbery-charge/

Two men were yesterday arraigned before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on a robbery charge.
Attempted murder accused John Caesar, of Lethem and Nathalius Perry also known as ‘CJ’, of South Rupununi, both aged 25, pleaded not guilty to the allegation which stated that on January 21, at Tabatinga, Lethem, they robbed Clifton Llepes of $270,000, and at the time of, immediately before or after, used personal violence against Llepes.
Another man, Ray Wilson, was also charged with the robbery. However, he managed to evade cops who went to his home to arrest him. The Chief Magistrate issued a warrant for his arrest.
Perry and Caesar were both refused bail and remanded to prison until February 6, when they will appear in the Lethem Magistrate’s Court.
In opposing bail, Police Prosecutor Stephen Telford told the court that Caesar has a pending attempted murder charge against him. According to the prosecutor, the matter is still to go on trial before the High Court. The prosecutor disclosed that the attempted murder charge against Caesar is as a result of a robbery he allegedly committed, whereby the victim received severe injuries.
As it relates to Perry, Prosecutor Telford said that he (Perry) lives 60 miles away from the Lethem Police Station and should he be granted bail, he would flee the country due to the free access to Guyana’s border with Brazil.
The prosecutor disclosed that investigations in the matter are complete and there are eyewitnesses to the crime.

Mechanic charged for attempting to sneak contraband into court lock-ups

Jan 25, 2018 News, https://www.kaieteurnewsonline...into-court-lock-ups/

Two days after a mechanic was caught by officers at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts attempting to sneak two packets of cigarettes and a bottle of vodka into the court lock-ups, the accused was yesterday charged for the offence.

CHARGED: Leon Smart

Leon Smart, 29, of Lot 51 East Ruimveldt, Georgetown, who as his name suggests, is not so smart at all, appeared before Senior Magistrate Fabayo Azore and denied the charge which alleged that on January 22 at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts, he had prohibited articles in his possession.
The items were two packets of cigarettes and a bottle of vodka contained in a Sprite bottle. He was said to be taking them to Calvin Johnson, who is a prisoner.
According to reports, Smart who on the day in question had a matter of robbery under-arms dismissed against him by a City Magistrate, went away and returned with the contrabands in a black plastic bag.
The police officers after realising what the bag contained, arrested Smart and escorted him to the Brickdam Police Station.
Smart, Kelvin Emperor, 27, a labourer of West Ruimveldt, Georgetown, and Nzumi Scipio, 37, a vendor of Mocha Squatting Area, East Bank Demerara, were charged, on November 24, last for a robbery at Bel Air Park, Georgetown.
At the time, they were in the company of each other and armed with a gun. They robbed Tasia De Souza of two cellular phones valued $220,000, a pair of gold bands and chain valued $45,000 and $227,000 cash.
It was further alleged that on the same day, at the same location, the trio robbed Davananad Pablall of one Iphone valued $150,000.
Emperor pleaded guilty to both charges and was sentenced to 50 months imprisonment by Principal Magistrate, Judy Latchman.
Smart and Scipio’s trial was transferred to Senior Magistrate, Faith McGusty and the matter was dismissed against them.

Man shot after beating mom, chopping cop

Jan 27, 2018 News, https://www.kaieteurnewsonline...ng-mom-chopping-cop/

A police constable is nursing cutlass injuries after being attacked around 02:30 hrs yesterday by an unemployed Herstelling, East Bank Demerara man who had allegedly beaten his mother.
Police said that the suspect was shot in the right arm and right collarbone during the confrontation.
A release stated that a police patrol had gone to the Lot 162 Herstelling residence after receiving a report that a man had assaulted his 60-year-old mother.
The son, when confronted, armed himself with a cutlass and chopped the policeman on the left hand and left knee.
The injured constable “instinctively drew his service revolver and discharged two rounds, which struck his attacker in the right arm and right collarbone.”
The shot man is also hospitalised.

Campbellville couple remanded for illegal gun, ammo, ganja

Jan 27, 2018 News, https://www.kaieteurnewsonline...egal-gun-ammo-ganja/

A couple of Craig Street, Campbellville, Georgetown, was yesterday remanded to prison after ranks for the police narcotics branch visited their home and discovered an unlicensed firearm, a quantity of ammunition and marijuana.

Remanded: David Daygoo

David Deygoo, 39, a vendor; and Nicola Lambert, 31, both of Lot 7 Craig Street, Campbellville, Georgetown, appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan to answer to four counts of illegal gun and ammunition possession and a charge of possession of narcotics.
It is alleged that both of them on January 24, last, at Craig Street, Campbellville Georgetown, had in their possession eight 12-gauge cartridges without being the holder of a licensed firearm.
It was further alleged that on the same day and at the same location, they had in their possession 35 live 7.62 rounds and 13 live 9MM rounds when they were not holder of firearm licensed.
It was also alleged that on January 24 at Craig Street, Campbellville, Georgetown, they had in their possession 304 grams of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.
The defendants denied all the charges after they were read to them by the Magistrate.
Both defendants were represented by Attorney-at-law, Patrice Henry. The lawyer told the court that police officers went to his client’s home and spend one hour searching the premises.
The lawyer added that the police officers then searched the ceiling and the items were allegedly found.
The lawyer in his application to secure bail for his clients told the Magistrate that the building where the alleged articles were found is an apartment building and his clients are not the first tenants to live in the building.

Remanded: Nicola Lambert

However, facts presented by Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield, stated that on the day in question, police acting on information went to the defendants home where a search was conducted.
The prosecutor added that near the washroom area in the ceiling three bulky parcels were found. The parcels contained the articles mentioned in the charge. The defendants were then arrested and Deygoo told the police that the articles belonged to his friend ‘Short Man’, who had gone overseas.
Both defendants were remanded and they were instructed to make their next court appearance on February 14.

GDF rank nabbed transporting ganja in stove

Jan 29, 2018 News, https://www.kaieteurnewsonline...ting-ganja-in-stove/

– two days after colleague held for armed robbery

Two days after a Guyana Defence Force (GDF) lance corporal and two others were held for armed robbery, another lance corporal is now in police custody after admitting to the ownership of a quantity of marijuana which was being transported in a vehicle.
Motorcycle patrol ranks on the Strathspey Public Road, East Coast Demerara, had their work cut out yesterday after they had to give chase behind a Georgetown-bound hire car which overtook several vehicles on a solid yellow line.
The vehicle, which was being driven by a 27-year-old Berbice resident with two occupants was eventually stopped and escorted to the Vigilance Police Station.
A search of the vehicle revealed three parcels of compressed marijuana hidden in a gas stove that was in the trunk of the black Fielder-Wagon.
The driver and one of the occupants who is 24-year-old joint services lance corporal have since admitted to ownership of the marijuana which weight 1022 grams.

The marijuana which was found in the gas stove

Both men of Stanleytown, New Amsterdam, Berbice, are currently in police custody assisting with the investigation.
They are likely to appear before a Magistrate this week to be charged for the offence.
This comes two days after another army lance corporal and two others were identified as the trio that shot Imole Fox, the wildlife export, in his lower leg, after he was attacked in a yard by three men, including one with a hand gun.
Fox was shot to the leg, while another bullet grazed his head.
The robbers relieved him of a haversack containing a cell phone and medication. He was treated at the Georgetown Public Hospital for his injuries and sent away.
Police later arrested the soldier and an alleged accomplice in Cooper Street Albouystown.

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