Families of the victims of deadly Linden shooting makes pitch for compensation at the Linden COI – 31st Jan 2013
It was an emotional morning at the Linden Commission of Inquiry on Thursday, as the relatives of the three men who were slain on July 18, during the Linden protest, gave evidence in front of the commissioners, as they presented their individual cases for compensation.
Taking the stand first was a grief-stricken, Jacqueline Boyea; mother of Shemroy Boyea, who told the Commission of Inquiry that not a day goes by without missing her son.
She said with her other two sons being mentally challenged; it was Shemroy who was the main breadwinner for the family.
Jacqueline said, she is barely getting by, working as a security guard and taking home some seven thousand dollars a week.
Also giving evidence, was son of Allan Lewis. Rodwell Lewis said, as a second Year University of Guyana Student, he depended heavily on his father. He approximated his father’s contribution to his monthly expenses as some fifty thousand dollars.
But he was asked by one of the commissioners to be specific.
Rodwell’s uncle, Clive Lewis, spoke on behalf of the dead man’s mother. He said, while his brother was not employed on a full-time basis, he was a skilled mason, who just before his death worked for forty thousand dollars clearing a plot of land in the Wismar area.
Attorney-at-Law Nigel Hughes represented the families of the slain men. He told the commission that the mother of the third man who was killed, Ron Somerset, was out of the Jurisdiction, but he had been in conversation with her, while she was about to board a ferry from Suriname and that she would be available for Friday’s resumption of the Commission of Inquiry.
Meanwhile, two more men presented their cases for compensation. The first claimed for a stereo set, while the other claimed for injuries suffered during the shooting.
Both men did not escape the scrutiny of the commissioners.
The Commission of Inquiry has until February 28 to present their report to President Donald Ramotar.
Chairman Justice Lensley Wolfe said, tomorrow will be the last day for the hearing of evidence in this part of the Inquiry.
Then they will use the remaining time to prepare their report.