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Firearms expert of the Guyana Police Force takes stand of Linden Commission of Inquiry

The firearms expert of the Guyana Police Force, Sergeant Eon Jackson, who was in charge of conducting ballistics test in connection to the Linden shooting incident which left 3 protestors dead, told the Linden Commission of Inquiry this morning that all he was provided with, was the pellets removed from the bodies of the dead men and a revolver handgun. He said, he was never provided with the shotguns that the police went to Linden with or the shot guns from the Linden Police Stations either.

He said, his assessment was solely based on what was presented to him by the police.

Sergeant Jackson testified, that although he was in the Guyana Police Force for 2 decades, he does not know the types of ammunition used by the various sections of the Police Force and what was taken for the day of the Linden protests. The commissioners sought clarification from him about what type of weapons could be used to fire a double zero cartridge and how easy it would be to change around the bullets in a shot gun. He said, it could take a few seconds.

The Police Commissioner had testified that all of the firearms taken by the police to Linden were taken for ballistics tests. Today the man who runs the police crime lab and who does all of those tests said the weapons were never sent and never examined for anything.

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