GUYANA POLICE FORCE
GUYANA POLICE FORCE October 25, 2008
The police are investigating an incident that occurred about 1645hrs on Friday October 24, 2008 where a boat traveling from Suriname to Guyana with eight persons on board sank. So far, one person is known to have survived and the bodies of four others have been recovered.
Investigations revealed that a boat driven by Inderjeet Ramdass of No. 78 Village, Corentyne, left for Suriname to collect the seven passengers for Guyana . Along the way back the propeller of the boat’s engine became entangled with some fishing seine and the boat capsized.
Leslie Owen Austin, 24 years of No.78 Village managed to swim ashore at the No. 63 Village Foreshore and reported the matter while the others are feared drowned.
Search parties launched by public spirited members of the community and police ranks today have so far recovered the bodies of Sheila Gonsalves, 64 years of Corriverton; Indranie Motieram, 48 years of Crabwood Creek, Corentyne; Eva Hope, 31 years of No. 78 Village; and Drupatie Bahagiloo called Nalini Ganpat, 45 years of Hampshire, Corentyne.
Efforts are continuing to locate the remaining three persons.
The police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred about 2100hrs on Friday October 24, 2008, at Kuru Kururu along the Soesdyke/Linden Highway , during which the driver and passengers of a motor bus traveling to Lethem were attacked and robbed by eight men all armed with firearms.
Investigations revealed that the motor bus driven by Dhanram Singh along with nine passengers comprising five Brazilians, two Surinamese and two Guyanese had departed from the P &A Bus Service Office at Church Street, when along the Soesdyke/Linden Highway it was observed that two motor cars were following the bus, flashing their lights in a signal for the bus to stop.
The driver Dhanram Singh, who became suspicious, tried to outrun the vehicles but the occupants began discharging rounds at the bus and eventually punctured the right side rear wheel forcing the vehicle to stop. During this Dharam Singh was hit twice in his upper back while Brazilian National Barbara Ferreira Dos Reis was hit to her right thumb.
The two motors cars that were following came up alongside and eight men, all armed with shotguns and handguns, came out and took the driver and passengers out of the bus. They then robbed them of cash, jewellery, clothing, cell phones, travel documents and other documents and escaped.
Two spent 12 gauge shotgun cartridges and a warhead have been recovered at the scene by the police as the investigations continue.
About 1130hrs on Saturday October 25, 2008 the skeletal remains of a human being were found under a tree at Seven Miles, Mahdia, with a bag containing clothing nearby.
The remains which are suspected to be of a male of African descent is at the Mahdia Hospital Mortuary. Efforts are being made to transport the remains to Georgetown for a Post Mortem.