Sol­dier guns down part­ner

Stabroek News Sunday - - WEKEEND MAGAZINE -

Fol­low­ing an ar­gu­ment, Cap­tain Or­wain Sandy, the army Chief-of-Staff’s per­sonal as­sis­tant, rid­dled his com­mon-law wife with bul­lets at Alexan­der Vil­lage, Ge­orge­town yes­ter­day morn­ing and then turned him­self over to the po­lice. Dead is Reona Payne, 32, a travel agent at the Munesh­w­ers Travel Agency, who sus­tained 14 gun­shot wounds about her body. She died on the spot. The killing took place around 10.15 am at First Street, Alexan­der Vil­lage, af­ter which Sandy drove him­self to the Ruimveldt Po­lice Sta­tion and in­formed the po­lice there of what tran­spired. He also handed over the sus­pected mur­der weapon and was sub­se­quently placed into cus­tody. Al­though both Sandy and Payne were mar­ried to other per­sons, they were liv­ing to­gether for about five years at Sandy’s Lot 771 Prov­i­dence, East Bank De­mer­ara home.

Mon­day, April 2nd

Gov’t will make im­promptu visit to oil op­er­a­tions if war­ranted

If gov­ern­ment be­lieves or has ev­i­dence that there are il­le­gal­i­ties in ExxonMo­bil’s and part­ners’ op­er­a­tions off­shore, it will make an im­promptu visit de­spite the con­tract say­ing that the min­is­ter must give seven days’ no­tice, Min­is­ter of Nat­u­ral Re­sources, Raphael Trot­man says. “I will say this: If there is a need for an im­me­di­ate in­spec­tion, it will be done. It will be done,” Trot­man told Stabroek News dur­ing an in­terview last week. “If we sus­pect at any time that there is any­thing il­le­gal or be­lieve there is a vi­o­la­tion of our law, or an act of crim­i­nal­ity is be­ing per­pet­u­ated, we would [visit im­me­di­ately],” he added. Since the re­lease of the con­tract late last year, Trot­man, and the APNU+AFC coali­tion gov­ern­ment have been lam­basted for the clause that crit­ics say ap­pears to give the com­pany time to put op­er­a­tions in or­der be­fore a visit. “The Min­is­ter, through duly ap­pointed rep­re­sen­ta­tives, upon pro­vid­ing the con­trac­tor with at least seven (7) days’ no­tice, shall be en­ti­tled to ob­serve the petroleum op­er­a­tions con­ducted by the con­trac­tor at his sole cost and ex­pense and at all rea­son­able times to in­spect all as­sets, records and data kept by the Con­trac­tor re­lat­ing to such petroleum op­er­a­tions. In the ex­er­cise of such rights un­der this para­graph the Min­is­ter shall not un­duly in­ter­fere with the Con­trac­tor’s petroleum op­er­a­tions un­der this agree­ment,” Ar­ti­cle 9 (e), in the sec­tion ‘Records, Re­ports and In­for­ma­tion; Con­fi­den­tial­ity’, states. One vo­cal critic, ac­coun­tant and civil so­ci­ety rep­re­sen­ta­tive Ra­mon Gaskin, waded into gov­ern­ment about the clause dur­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion he held at the Na­tional Li­brary. “It is be­yond com­pre­hen­sion why Guyana’s min­is­ter would have to give no­tice to an op­er­a­tor that is bring­ing up oil and gas that be­longs to this state,” he told at­ten­dees.

Tain guard killed dur­ing rob­bery

A Tain Set­tle­ment, Coren­tyne se­cu­rity guard was killed at his work­place in Rose Hall Town on Satur­day night dur­ing a rob­bery. The dead man who was iden­ti­fied as Munesh­prem Ayasammy Monien, also known as ‘Watchie’, 53, was sta­tioned at Sukhram’s Gen­eral Store and Agro Chem­i­cals known as ‘Fat lady’ lo­cated along the Rose Hall Town Public Road. He is said to have sus­tained a slit on his throat, a chop wound on his head, two bro­ken legs and other in­juries about his body. The man was taken to the Port Mourant Hospi­tal dur­ing the wee hours of yes­ter­day where he was pro­nounced dead on ar­rival. Ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion gath­ered, the own­ers of the gen­eral store are cur­rently over­seas. The care­taker of the store, who re­sides in Al­bion Vil­lage, Coren­tyne re­ceived a call around 11 pm on Satur­day that some­thing had hap­pened at the store. She then rushed over where she saw a large gath­er­ing of res­i­dents and po­lice of­fi­cers out­side of the store.

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