Cop im­pli­cated in busi­ness­man’s murder yet to be charged

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Po­lice In­tel­li­gence rank Cor­po­ral Der­win East­man, who has been im­pli­cated in the ex­e­cu­tion of well-known D’Ur­ban Street busi­ness­man God­frey Sci­pio, called “Saga”, re­mains in Po­lice cus­tody as Po­lice seek ad­vice from the Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions (DPP).

The Po­lice rank sur­ren­dered on Fri­day at the Brick­dam Po­lice Sta­tion, and has, to a group of me­dia op­er­a­tives, re­port­edly pro­fessed his in­no­cence in the murder. How­ever, a Po­lice source on Mon­day told this pub­li­ca­tion that while the man re­mains in cus­tody, it is not clear if he would be ar­raigned with the murder.

Me­dia op­er­a­tives flocked the Ge­orge­town Mag­is­trates Courts on Mon­day af­ter it was re­ported in a sec­tion of the me­dia that the po­lice­man would be mak­ing his court ap­pear­ance. How­ever, no charge had been in­sti­tuted against the rank, who was a top per­former in the Guyana Po­lice Force.

“Once the charge is in­sti­tuted, he will make his court ap­pear­ance”, the Po­lice source noted.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors are yet to prove that the po­lice­man had ac­tu­ally loaned his gun to the ac­cused, Aubrey Bobb, to com­mit the murder on the evening of Oc­to­ber 12 last.

Upon sur­ren­der­ing to the Brick­dam Po­lice Sta­tion on Fri­day, East­man ex­pressed the view that he had been “set up”, and he de­clared that he was not in any way con­nected to the fa­tal shoot­ing which oc­curred on Oc­to­ber 12.

He t old re­porters on Thurs­day that he was “set up” by mem­bers of the Guyana Po­lice Force who have some­thing against him; but, in the same breath, he claimed that he would have ar­rested Bobb on sev­eral oc­ca­sions for armed rob­bery, and he feels that the sus­pect is implicating him in the murder as a “pay­back”.

East­man is, how­ever, hold­ing out that af­ter Sci­pio was killed, he and other in­ves­ti­gat­ing ranks re­viewed the CCTV footage, and he was able to iden­tify and name Bobb as the shooter. In light of the re­cent al­le­ga­tions, East­man is re­quest­ing a con­fronta­tion with the sus­pect.

Cor­po­ral Der­win East­man joined the Guyana Po­lice Force in 2012, and was com­mended for his ex­em­plary work in the Force in 2015, be­ing ad­judged the Best Cop at the Force’s an­nual prize giv­ing cer­e­mony for that year.

Mean­while, it was re­ported that on the night of the fa­tal shoot­ing, the well-known busi­ness­man was re­port­edly leav­ing the ho­tel in the com­pany of a fe­male, and as he ap­proached his mo­tor­car, he was ac­costed by the lone gun­man, who had ar­rived on a mo­tor­cy­cle.

Ini­tially, the in­ci­dent seemed to be a rob­bery, since the gun­man re­lieved the busi­ness­man of the gold jew­ellery he had been wear­ing, but Po­lice are now work­ing on a the­ory that Sci­pio’s death might have been a hit.

Af­ter re­liev­ing the busi­ness­man of his jew­ellery and other valu­ables, the gun­man re­port­edly shot the busi­ness­man to the right­side ab­domen be­fore flee­ing the scene.

Sci­pio fell to the ground, and was picked up and taken to a pri­vate med­i­cal fa­cil­ity, where he sub­se­quently died. From re­ports re­ceived, he died as a re­sult of se­vere dam­age to his in­testines.

In April 2011, the busi­ness­man had been shot in the vil­lage of Cum­mings Lodge dur­ing a shootout, when four armed men had dis­charged rounds dur­ing a rob­bery.

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