Soldier guns down partner
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.