Dear Editor,With the upcoming Mash season and its importance to the viability of the economy, no time must be wasted in putting a stop to the crime wave taking place. If not properly nipped in the bud, it will damage the livelihoods of many small businesses and their communities, as Mash season is extremely important to the income of many families and sets the tone for the economy throughout the year.It’s time for the Police to have a strong presence on the roads as well as the implementation of checkpoints by both the Police and the military. No opportunities to manoeuvre or room for escape should be allowed these criminals. They are showing an utter lack of concern for the power of the justice system and the strength of the Police and military in this country. It’s time for zero tolerance for these offenders. His Excellency is a pillar in the armed forces and these criminals should feel the heavy hand of justice upon them as soon as possible. All deportees should be rounded up and made to check in with the relevant authorities as well as those on parole as required by the court. No further gaps in follow up with criminal elements should be tolerated and the strength of public involvement should be encouraged even more. The country is too small for these criminals to be able to get away with such heinous acts for that long of a time.Best regards,Jamil Changlee
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.
0Shares0000Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho (L) helped Liverpool creep above Tottenham in the league table after beating West Bromwich Albion on October 22, 2016LONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 29 – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits it is “a really good sign” to see Philippe Coutinho and Nathaniel Clyne linked with Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively.Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits it is “a really good sign” to see Philippe Coutinho and Nathaniel Clyne linked with Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively. The Merseyside outfit’s strong start to the English Premier League campaign has seen them emerge as one of the early contenders for the Premier League title, alongside Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham.Key to their success has been the form of two first-team players in the shape of Coutinho and Clyne.Their form has reportedly caught the eye of Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid, prompting questions over recent transfer rumours.While he is happy with the calibre of team being linked with his players, Klopp is adamant they are going nowhere.When asked about the transfer rumours relating to Coutinho and Clyne, Klopp told the Express: “That’s a really good sign! Only the big clubs, yes?“A few months ago it was like: ‘He will go to Aston Villa and try to bring them back to the Premier League.’“What can I say? It’s better that they talk about Real Madrid and Barcelona.“How many matches have we played? Nine? ****ing hell, nine matches and we talk about all this stuff.“Do they want to get them in winter or the next window? Do they think they can buy Clyney in winter? Come on. It’s nice but not important.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
The young goalkeeper is expected to be handed a deal to fend off overseas interest AC Milan are ready to offer Manchester United target Gianluigi Donnarumma a bumper new contract which will hand him a near 10-fold pay rise.Back in October, the 16-year-old made his debut and became the youngest goalkeeper ever to start a Serie A match.Since then the Italian has gone from strength to strength and it has led to clubs scouting his progress.Manchester United were thought to be considering a January move, as were German champions Bayern Munich.However, according to sources in Italy, Donnarumma will now be offered a new contract which will see his wages go from £160,000-a-year to £1m-a-year.It is hoped that the new contract will persuade the youngster, who has been dubbed the new Gianluigi Buffon, to continue his development at the San Siro. 1