Ranks of the Guyana Police Force are probing the death of a 21-year-old man who was fatally shot in Pearl, East Bank Demerara (EBD), after it was reported that he, along with two others, allegedly attempted to rob a businessman on Saturday night.Police identified the dead man as Seon Clarke, called “Cash Money”, of Old Road, Land of Canaan, EBD.A Police report said that Clarke was shot while the other man was allegedly beaten by residents of the area.“Initial investigations revealed that about 14:00h (on Saturday) the deceased and a male went into a grocery store at Sarah Johanna, EBD, and was observed by the proprietor behaving suspiciously. The proprietor made his way to the public road and alarmed a Policeman who was passing at the time; the Police responded and in the process, he summoned other Policemen. The men fled into the bushes, and during the process, two loud explosions were heard. A search was conducted, but they were not found,” the Police report stated.It continued that about 22:30h that night “members of the community spotted the men on the Pearl Public Road and apprehended them; during the process, it was alleged that one of the public spirited citizens shot Clarke and inflicted a beating on his accomplice. The men were handed over to the Police, who rushed them to the Diamond Public Hospital, where Clarke was pronounced dead on arrival, whilst his accomplice was treated and taken into Police custody”.However, residents of the community have denied shooting or beating the men and claimed that it was the Police who apprehended theThe man who was shot deadrobbers and not the residents.Instead, residents related that a blue car pulled up alongside the business place and three men exited before jumping into the shop via an opening at the fence.One of the men, the residents claimed, was carrying a firearm and held the businessman and his wife at gunpoint. However, the businessman managed to escape, rushed onto the public road and raised an alarm. They claimed that the driver of the suspected “getaway” car drove off after residents began gathering.This alerted the men and they rushed to the back of the yard and escaped into the bushes. The residents said that persons were searching for the men but could not find them.Villagers claimed later that evening, two of the men were spotted in the neighbouring village of Pearl. The Police were summoned and apprehended the men.“We didn’t beat nobody… if we de beat them, then they wouldn’t still be alive,” the residents related.One person even went on to claim that Clarke was shot by his accomplice.“When the people start to gather around them, one of them had a gun and like he was trying to scare the people them away and he shoot the other one by mistake,” one resident told this newspaper.However, when contacted on Sunday evening, Crime Chief (ag) Hugh Jessemy told Guyana Times that investigators were still in the Sarah Johanna/Pearl area trying to determine exactly what transpired the night before.“Right now we are just trying to determine from everyone what really transpired… but we are looking at all the possibilities, we haven’t ruled anything out,” he stated.Meanwhile, Police sources explained to this newspaper that the suspect in custody was claiming that he and Clarke were beaten by the residents in the area before the 21-year-old was shot. The source added too that the suspect admitted to being in possession of a firearm and that they had gone to the shop with the intention of carrying out a robbery.At the time when this newspaper was in Sarah Johanna talking to the residents, several Police ranks had escorted the suspect to Pearl and he pointed them to the area where he disposed of the firearm.The Police were able to recover the weapon and are continuing their investigations.
The United players celebrate after their emphatic win over Colchester at old Trafford AFP or licensors 4 Everton 2-2 Leicester City (Leicester win 4-2 on pens)Kasper Schmeichel was the hero for Leicester as the Foxes defeated Everton on penalties to reach the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup for the first time in 19 years.In scenes reminiscent of Everton’s Premier League victory over Chelsea, interim manager Duncan Ferguson hoisted a ball boy above his head in celebration after Leighton Baines drilled in a stunning 90th-minute equaliser to make it 2-2 at the end of normal time.That completed a second-half comeback, with Tom Davies netting in the 70th minute after James Maddison and Jonny Evans had scored in quick succession in the first half for Leicester.Jordan Pickford’s stunning save from Maddison in the first action of the shoot-out had Everton fans dreaming of a perfect comeback but Schmeichel denied Cenk Tosun and, cruelly, Baines to put Leicester on the front foot.It was left to Jamie Vardy to confidently convert the decisive spot-kick, giving Leicester a 4-2 victory in the shoot-out and maintaining manager Brendan Rodgers’ remarkable record of not having lost a domestic cup competition since April 2015. Getty Images – Getty Mikel Arteta looked glum on the bench at Oxford City as Manchester City progressed to the Carabao Cup semi-finals Schmeichel and Vardy were the heroes for the Foxes at Goodison Park Getty Images – Getty Manchester United 3-0 Colchester UnitedMarcus Rashford set Manchester United on course for the Carabao Cup semi-finals as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side finally broke Colchester’s resolve at Old Trafford.After two trophyless seasons for the red half of Manchester, the Red Devils have a shot at reaching March’s Wembley finale.Sky Bet League Two side Colchester made it tougher than the eventual 3-0 scoreline suggested, but Solskjaer’s side kicked on after a frustrating first half as Rashford and Anthony Martial scored either side of Ryan Jackson’s own goal.John McGreal’s men did their 5,000 travelling fans proud as the U’s made their first visit to Old Trafford, with the lowest ranked team left in the competition stymieing the illustrious hosts – whose boss Solksjaer marks a year in charge on Thursday – through doggedness and discipline in the first half. Raheem Sterling celebrates with his City teammates 4 Getty Images – Getty 4 Carabao Cup semi-final draw:Manchester City vs Manchester UnitedLeicester City vs Aston Villa 4 Matty Taylor cancelled out Joao Cancelo’s first-half opener 21 seconds into the second period, but that was as good as it would get for Karl Robinson’s side against Pep Guardiola’s men.The Spaniard had shown the hosts plenty of respect with his team selection and despite a few scary moments, saw his players come through unscathed.Guardiola went strong for the quarter-final tie, with Sterling captaining the XI and leading an attack which included Bernardo Silva, Riyad Mahrez and highly-rated Phil Foden.City assistant coach Mikel Arteta was in attendance at Kassam Stadium and completing his duties despite speculation surrounding his future, with Arsenal close to appointing him as their new head coach. After Liverpool’s Under-23s were thumped by Aston Villa on Tuesday evening, the remainder of the Carabao Cup quarter-finals took place just 24 hours later.Here’s what happened on Wednesday night…Oxford City 1-3 Manchester CityA brace by Raheem Sterling ensured Carabao Cup holders Manchester City remain on course to win the competition for a third consecutive year after a 3-1 victory over Oxford sent them through to the semi-finals.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday visited the Jawaharlal Nehru sports complex here and asked authorities to “redouble their efforts” to quickly complete remaining works as people were expecting a “flawless” opening to the Commonwealth Games.The venues for the Commonwealth Games are yet to be completedTerming the sports complex as “beautiful”, Singh urged the authorities “to redouble their efforts to quickly complete whatever works remained as people were expecting a spectacular and flawless opening to the CWG.”The Prime Minister visited the stadium, the venue of the opening and closing ceremonies of the October games, on Sunday morning.He was shown various facilities there including the playing fields, royal box, stands for spectators, security and other arrangements, PMO officials said.Singh’s visit comes as part of the series of steps he has taken to streamline and expedite the preparations for the October 3-14 mega event which have been rocked by a spate of corruption allegations.The Prime Minister, accompanied by Sports Minister M S Gill and Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi, went around the stadium and saw for himself the facilities and the work being done.Singh was there at the sports complex for over 20 minutes. Reporters were not allowed inside the venue during the Prime Minister’s visit.Concerned by the delays and the corruption charges, Singh had convened a high-level meeting on August 14 to review the preparations for the Games.A committee of bureaucrats headed by Cabinet Secretary K M Chandrasekhar was formed and given overriding powers by bringing into its ambit the Games Organising Committee that has been tainted following corruption allegations.advertisementObserving that there have been “slippages” in time schedules and deficiencies noticed, Singh had directed that a thorough probe should be held by the ministries concerned into complaints of “procedural and other irregularities” and “those found guilty should face severe and exemplary punishment”.He had instructed that all pending works should be completed in a time-bound manner and decided to visit select venues of the Games in the last week of this month.
It’s debatable whether Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s collision with Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman was intentional or not. But the fact that on-field umpires Enamul Haque of Bangladesh and Rod Tucker of Australia didn’t even mention the bowler’s role in the official report submitted to the match referee Andy Pycroft raises eye-brows.It is clear that Rahman had no reason to cross over to the other side of the pitch in his follow through because neither was the ball played towards that side, nor the leftarm pacer was bowling round the wicket that he ran into Dhoni as the latter was completing the single.While it is wrong to think that having a Bangladesh umpire on the field helped the debutant’s case, it is learnt that only after India skipper Dhoni explained his version of the whole episode did the match referee go ahead and ask Rahman to explain his side of the story. And it was the bowler himself who accepted that he was also at fault for standing in the way of Dhoni and the return crease.Initially only Dhoni was summoned by the match referee after his collision with Rahman on Thursday night was reported by the on-field umpires. But Dhoni pleaded innocence and explained the whole situation to the match referee and said that it was a case of either banging into partner Suresh Raina or stopping in his track to see the Bangladesh team run him out because Rahman was clearly in line with him. At that moment, Dhoni tried his best to minimise the impact and that is why he had lifted his elbow and had no wrong intention.advertisementThis is when the referee saw sense in what Dhoni was saying in his defense and checked the video footages and decided to get Rahman’s interpretation of the whole scene. And it was Rahman himself who agreed that he was at fault and walked across in his follow through without being aware of his position. He pleaded guilty. In the end, Dhoni was fined 75 per cent of his match fee and Rahman 50 per cent.Explaining the decision, match referee Pycroft said: “Dhoni defended the charge on the basis that the bowler was on the wrong line and realising that he couldn’t avoid the collision, he used his hand and arm to push him away as he went through to ‘minimise the impact’.”However, my assessment was that Dhoni deliberately pushed and shouldered Mustafizur, which was inappropriate. Even if there was a narrow gap between the runner and the bowler, an experienced Dhoni should have tried to avoid the collision. Mustafizur admitted his guilt and accepted the proposed sanction.”