Although six persons remain in custody for hurling a grenade at a vehicle belonging to Kaieteur News Publisher Glenn Lall, the Police are tracking several others in relation to the incident which occurred last Saturday evening.Acting Crime Chief, Hugh Jessamy told Guyana Times that investigators were up to late Wednesday evening interrogating those who were arrested on Tuesday evening at several locations. They were arrested following the discovery of the motorcar that was allegedly used by the perpetrators.The car that was allegedly used by the perpetrators during the grenade attackJessamy added that the Police are working on several leads but cannot divulge any information with respect to the investigation. He further stated that before the Police institute charges against the men, there needs to be sufficient evidence, hence, an early court appearance might not be possible.The acting Crime Chief added that investigators are yet to verify whether or not the motorcar that was found abandoned was the one actually used in the commissioning of the crime.Guyana Times understands that the men in custody are from the Sophia area including the driver, who claimed that he was hijacked but after further interrogation, he told investigators that the car was lent to a friend.Initially, the driver claimed that he was driving along Albert Street, Alberttown when two men on a motorcycle pulled up alongside him, pulled out a weapon and ordered him to stop the vehicle. Without hesitation, he told ranks that he complied.Based on information gathered from the driver, the others were taken into police custody. On Saturday night, as Kaieteur News held its first night of wake to pay respect to the late Assistant Editor, Dale Andrews who passed away on Friday, the live grenade was hurled at Lall’s vehicle.Persons who were at the wake recalled hearing a strange sound but assumed it was shattering glass. However, when a thorough check was made, the grenade was found lying next to the right front tyre of Lall’s black Lexus vehicle.The Police were summoned and the area was immediately cordoned off while bomb experts deactivate the device. They noted it was a miracle that the live grenade did not explode. On Monday, Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum told Guyana Times that the grenade was detonated at the seawalls and that it was too early to determine the motive for the attack.This attack was condemned by several groups including the Government, the Opposition, the Guyana Public Service Union, the Private Sector Commission and several other news outfits. In addition, they have all called for a speeding investigation into the incident, referring to the attack as domestic terrorism.
Cocaine stashed in gas cylinder… charge against teen grandson withdrawnNaiomi Persaud, the 51-year-old woman who admitted ownership of some 20 pounds of cocaine discovered by Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) ranks stashed in a cooking gas cylinder in her home, was on Wednesday jailed when she appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.The woman pleaded guilty to the charge when it was read to her by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.The well wrapped rectangular blocks of cocaine found at the Delph Avenue homeThat charge alleged that on August 7, 2017, she was found to be in possession of the cocaine at her Campbellville, Georgetown house. CANU ranks had swooped down on the house and conducted a search of the premises, unearthing nine well wrapped rectangular packages hidden in a cooking gas cylinder that had a false bottom.Persaud was also fined $21 million which is the calculated street value of the drugs.Originally, the woman’s 17-year-old grandson who is an Under-19 Guyanese cricketer and his girlfriend were arrested for the crime as they were present when the drugs were unearthed.However, the young woman was questioned and released following the disclosure by Persaud that she was the owner of the prohibited substance.Her grandson had the charges against him dropped following the woman’s guilty plea in court on Wednesday.A wanted bulletin was issued for the owner of the house, Andre Gomes, called “Zipper” in which the drugs were reportedly discovered.The man is said to have had previous brushes with the law and it is alleged that Persaud and Gomes share a relationship.The US Embassy is also said to have now revoked the visitor’s visa of Persaud.On the day of the discovery, the cocaine was unearthed concealed in nine packages which were hidden in the gas cylinder which had a false bottom.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Womens Soccer League held their first indoor tournament of the season over the weekend.A total of 12 teams were in competition: seven in the recreational pool, and five in the competitive pool. On the recreational side, it was Fort Motors taking the win over Highmark by the score of 2-1. After winning, Fort Motors donated their prize money back to the Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society.On the competitive side, KBRD Mean Green ended up in 1st spot ahead of Team D&D. While KBRD won the final game of the tournament 3-0, D&D had only lost that final game so far in the double-elimination tourney, the top two teams elected to split the prize money instead of playing another game.- Advertisement – Photo by Kristen Danczak Photo by Kristen Danczak Photo by Kristen Danczak Photo by Kristen Danczak During the tournament, the teams collected food donations for the Women’s Resource Centre, in addition to a raffle and 50/50 draw. The food drive was organized by recreational team Shattered Wings, who managed to raise a carload of food along with $541.44 cash.