-po­lice seek­ing help with iden­tity

Stabroek News - - NEWS -

One of the va­grants who was hos­pi­talised af­ter an ac­ci­dent on Re­gent Street sev­eral weeks ago suc­cumbed to his in­juries on July 2nd at the Georgetown Public Hos­pi­tal.

A press re­lease yes­ter­day from the Guyana Po­lice Force stated that the man, whose name was only given as `Car­pen­ter’, re­mains uniden­ti­fied. The po­lice are seek­ing as­sis­tance from the public in iden­ti­fy­ing the body. The body is at the hos­pi­tal’s mor­tu­ary await­ing a post­mortem ex­am­i­na­tion.

The ac­ci­dent oc­curred at about 4 am on June 19th. Ac­cord­ing to an eye­wit­ness, the car, a sil­ver­coloured Toy­ota 212, which was head­ing east along the north­ern lane of Re­gent Street was speed­ing. The driver lost con­trol of the ve­hi­cle and knocked the beams of the shed for the store, “House­hold Plus” where two va­grants were rest­ing.

One va­grant was pinned by a metal beam af­ter the shed fell. The eye­wit­ness fur­ther said two am­bu­lances along with a fire truck were on the scene. Fire­men had to cut the beam to re­move the man.

It is un­clear if charges were laid against the driver and whether he may now face an up­graded charge as a re­sult of the death of the va­grant.

The po­lice are ask­ing for any­one with in­for­ma­tion that can lead to the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of the va­grant to make con­tact with the near­est po­lice sta­tion or con­tact the po­lice on tele­phone num­bers 2252672, 226-2411, 227-1152, 226-7065, 227-1611, 2271149, 227-1270, 2256940-9, 226-2917, 2252700, 225-6411, 226-4585, 226-2917, 225-0593. An Uitvlugt, West Coast De­mer­ara (WCD) man is now a pa­tient in crit­i­cal con­di­tion at the Georgetown Public Hos­pi­tal af­ter be­ing shot.

Po­lice, in state­ment is­sued yes­ter­day af­ter­noon, said the man, who has been iden­ti­fied as Charles Tobin, 30, of 15 Church Street, Uitvlugt, was found on Breda Street, Werk-en-Rust, yes­ter­day morn­ing with a gun­shot wound.

Tobin, who was shot in his ab­domen, was found by res­i­dents around 12.50 am, min­utes af­ter two loud ex­plo­sions were re­port­edly heard in the said vicin­ity.

Af­ter be­ing rushed to the hos­pi­tal, Tobin was ad­mit­ted and rushed for surgery. His con­di­tion was listed as crit­i­cal and he was in an un­con­scious state up The Pre­lim­i­nary In­quiry (PI) into the charge against Or­wain Sandy, the for­mer Guyana De­fence Force cap­tain who is ac­cused of mur­der­ing his part­ner, Reona Payne, con­tin­ued yes­ter­day with the tes­ti­mony of two po­lice of­fi­cers.

Sandy is ac­cused of mur­der­ing Payne on March 31st, 2018, at First Street, Alexan­der Vil­lage.

Dur­ing the re­sump­tion of the mat­ter be­fore Prin­ci­pal Mag­is­trate Judy Latch­man in Georgetown, to last evening.

A res­i­dent told the po­lice that af­ter he heard the ex­plo­sions, which he sus­pected to be gun­shots, he went to in­ves­ti­gate and found a large crowd around Tobin, who was at the time uniden­ti­fied.

Ac­cord­ing to the res­i­dent, he saw Tobin ly­ing on the ground hold­ing his ab­domen. In an ef­fort to help, he told the po­lice he ran to Had­field Street and sum­moned a taxi, in which he and others placed the wounded man.

Po­lice said checks of the area were made to re­trieve pos­si­ble sur­veil­lance footage but none was found.

Yes­ter­day, when Stabroek News vis­ited the street res­i­dents in­di­cated that they were not aware of the shoot­ing. the court heard from Sergeant 1451 Gravesande, who is sta­tioned at the Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion De­part­ment and is at­tached to the bal­lis­tics sec­tion. His tes­ti­mony was fol­lowed by that of Crime Scene Examiner Leroy Car­roll. The mat­ter was sub­se­quently ad­journed un­til July 16 th .

House­hold Plus where the shed fell

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