By Bisham MohammedMore than two weeks after three suspected bandits were shot and killed along the Kingston Seawall, an eyewitness has come forward accusing the Police of murder.Devon Lyte, a construction worker of Mc Doom, Greater Georgetown, who was working on the roof of the Guyana Softball Association on Carifesta Avenue on the day of the shooting, is holding out that he witnessed the alleged murder of Dextroy Cordis, Kwame Assanah and Errol Adams.Not taking any chances, the young man contacted prominent attorney-at-law Nigel Hughes and sought advice; and during a press conference on Monday, the revelations were made.The eyewitness, in a written statement, claimed that as he was on the roof, he noticed a black car being pursued by a silver motorcar.Soon after, the black car came to a halt and a man exited. Similarly, the silver vehicle stopped and a man exited, and walked towards the parked black car.“In fact, the driver of the black car was on the ground being physically assaulted for more than ten minutes before the gunfire erupted and three occupants, as you all know, were all dead…there were no motorcycle which disappeared with any pillion rider or any mysterious rider,” Hughes told media operatives at his office.Lyte, in the statement, posited that the roads leading to the seawalls were all blocked to vehicular traffic prior to the shooting.“Perhaps the most disturbing to me was that this was not just a group of Police officers who appeared to be involved, but this had to have some coordination; because if the seawall road was blocked prior to the eruption of the gunfire, prior to the car being stopped and one of the occupants exiting the car, then it seems to have required (a) lot more coordination …”.During interrogation at the press conference, the eyewitness claimed that on the day in question he saw the Police, the bodies were lying on the ground and someone was standing over one of the men.“About 15 minutes after, camera people show up on the scene; Police show up on the scene, lock down everything; and after then was that…the silver car was the Police car… the car from behind, start opening fire”, Lyte alleged.He also alleged that the occupants of the black car first exited their vehicle, and there was no exchange of gunfire. He also stated that there were no other vehicles on the seawall at the time of the shooting.Hughes, however, questioned the rationale behind someone withdrawing $9.2 million from a bank and wanting to go to the seawall, while pointing out that the facts that were obtained from Lyte seems highly likely that the men were executed.In light of the sudden disclosures, Hughes noted that his client is deeply concerned for his safety, especially considering that Guyana does not have the best history when it comes to witness protection.Nonetheless, he noted that one of the reasons why the press conference was held before taking the eyewitness to the Police was because he wanted what Lyte had to say out in the public. “So you don’t get the Police version of what he is alleged to have said to the Police… Clearly, there are people whose interests are going to be threatened by what he has to say,” Hughes predicted.Hughes stated that he had also spoken to the two other men who were working at the site with Lyte at the time, but refused to comment on the findings, which he promised will be release in due course.The relatives of Dextroy Cordis of Grove, East Bank Demerara are calling for justice. They, too, feel their brother was murdered, and have urged that the Police officers who pulled the trigger be charged with murder.Hours after the shooting deaths of the three men, the Police, in a statement, related that the men were followed by an unmarked Police vehicle after they were seen trailing a customer who had left the Scotia Bank on Robb Street, Georgetown.The Police claimed that in the vicinity of the seawalls, the men in the black Toyota car opened fired on them, and in retaliation they returned fire, fatally wounding the men. The post mortem revealed that the men were shot between six and ten times, a revelation that comes as a shock to many.In fact, a private firm is being contracted to review the autopsy reports and to determine what really took place on the day in question. It was also reported that the Police vehicle bore two gunshot holes to the front windscreen but there were none on the vehicle that was used by the alleged bandits, thus leaving unanswered the question: was there indeed a shootout?Nevertheless, the Police commissioner in the past week, has thrown his support behind his ranks, claiming that the killings were justified.Meanwhile, the Police, in a release on Monday, confirmed that Devon Lyte visited the Criminal Investigations Department in the company of lawyer Nigel Hughes, and submitted a statement to Crime Chief Paul Williams.He was asked to return today (Tuesday) to be interview by senior detectives.
COOKING WITH CHEF ANDERSON: It really is difficult to come up with titles to articles to catch your eye, I don’t know if this one is funny, Pecan – Get it peeking out of the oven at you! Maybe I should stick to the cooking?! We recently opened Sonder & one of the joys of owning your own food business is that you get to taste & select the best food around as well as use the best producers. Our sourdough bread is supplied by Scarpello & Co. We get a very tasty lemon drizzle from Baker Lane but our main naughty treat supplier is the wonderful Cafe Banba Bakery in Carndonagh, and yes I know, it’s miles away from Letterkenny but they are worth it, a wonderful selection of real baking the way it should be.Also the main coffee suppliers to the Star Wars crew so they must be out of this world!Apple pie made with real apples, Red Velvet Cake that doesn’t have artificial food colouring running down your chin, a dark chocolate ganache gateau that would put the finest of pastry chefs to shame & of course a wonderful selection of tray bakes.Flourless brownies , traditional 15’s, Mars bar squares & pecan nut slices to name a few, that’s why I call that section of Sonder the naughty corner, ya have to pass it to get to the seats. A good friend of mine tasted some of my baking once and said stick to the cooking !!I took his advice and although I like baking I really don’t have the patience to do it of the will power when it comes to sweet treats.I can organise, prep, cook & serve meal for thousands of folk but I would be under serious pressure making a Red Velvet cake.However there is one dessert that I’m really good at and that’s Pecan Pie, as my family hails from America we had this dessert from as far back as I can remember, Pecan nuts were a luxury many years ago but like all world wide foods they are now more available and of course cheaper to buy.I remember my great uncle would send them over from the states for us to make the pies.The pastry recipe is from my time in Paris and if you make this properly it will be the best sweet pasty you have ever tasted.Follow the instructions carefully and you won’t go wrong. There is a serious amount of sugar in both the pastry & pie filling mixture so be careful as it will burn easily and although it may not look set at the end of the cooking process once it is cooled it will be fine.Make this pie a day if advance when you wish to use it and it will tasty better and be easier to portion as well.The pastry can also be used for apple pie, Bakewell tarts or any dessert that requires sweet pasty.Call to Sonder sometime and see for yourself the wonderful selection of treats we have for you, happy baking. Sugar pastry:250g of softened butter/margarine.180g of castor sugar4 drops of vanilla essence.2 large eggs.500g of plain flour, sieved½ tsp of fine salt.Method.Beat the sugar and butter together until smooth and creamy.Add the vanilla and mix in the eggs one at a time.Sieve the flour and salt and add to the mix, blend with your hand until you make dough.Turn out onto a floured table and knead lightlyRefrigerate and use as required.Before using knead lightly, this will stop the pastry cracking.Pecan pie:This will make an 8inch pie tin .You will need half the sugar pastry recipe above .For the filling.3 eggs, beaten.110g of brown sugar.4 table spoons of golden syrup.50g of melted butter.200g of pecan nuts. Whole or chopped.1 tsp of Vanilla essence.Method.Pre-heat your oven to 170cRoll your pastry to ½ inch thickness and line your pie tin. Pricking the base of the pastry. (This stops the pastry from rising)In a bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, golden syrup, vanilla essence and melted butter, add your nuts and pour into your pastry.Bake until the pastry begins to colour and turn down and cook until set, remove from the oven and allow to cool.Serve hot or cold with ice-cream or why not try some crème fraiche for a tangy taste!THIS PIE WILL BE ‘PECAN’ OUT OF THE OVEN AT YOU – COOKING WITH CHEF ANDERSON was last modified: June 2nd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:chef AndersoncolumncookingFeaturesnewsPecanRed Velvet Cake