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Missionary beaten, robbed at gunpoint

A missionary attached to the United Pentecostal Church, on Charlotte Street, Georgetown was beaten and robbed on Church Street by two men.

Police said one of the bandits was armed with a handgun when they attacked and robbed Otis Smith, Male Caucasian, 48 years, a Missionary of GYD$19,000.

Investigators were told that the robbers are identifiable.

Police were told tha the victim had just left an office on Church Street, when the suspects drove up in a motor vehicle. "The armed assailant then existed the vehicle, dealt the victim several lashes to his head and shoulder and relieved him of the cash and escaped," the Guyana Police Force said in a statement.

No shots were fired, and the suspects are yet to be arrested. 

  • rudeo

    Collection better spent on destitute and needy….needy bandit …that is!

  • Emile_Mervin

    There is a certain degree of brazenness or bold defiance by these thugs that so much mirrors that of the PPP under Bharrat Jagdeo as officials and associates engaged in myriad acts of corruption, thereby making corruption a way of life.

    Today, without even realizing it, Guyana wakes up to daily news accounts of types of robberies, assaults and murder as if these are normal everyday activities. The nation has gone numb and dumb as the fruits of the Jagdeo seed planted BEFORE he became President.

    That’s right folks, Jagdeo-era corruption blossomed on his watch, but this scourge started while he was a minister.

    • KassemB

      Your Party been in power for over a year now.
      This Jagdeo ‘thing’ you are trying to fly as a diversion from a complete failure in Law and Order by your lot will not wash.
      The people are not fools

      • Emile_Mervin

        I agree with you that the coalition has been in power one year now and should have had a firmer grip on the criminal situation.

        However, it is obvious that if it has clear cut evidence of criminal corruption from the Jagdeo-Ramotar eras, yet won’t deal with this, then it is easy to understand why it cannot come up with an answer for street crimes.

        Look how many revelations of corruption are being reported, to the extent that even you have been calling for legal action, but where are the indictments or restitutions?

        When unemployed youths see this they think it is okay to engage in criminality. Soon, the prison system will explode again.

        • ExPPP_Man

          Okay why are the jails full of PNC supporters ? Why are the jials 95 % blacks , 3 % East Indians and 2 % other races. Are these people following a Coolie man that much ? That man must be their God .

          • Emile_Mervin

            Jails are filled with Indians and Blacks and Amerindians, etc because they were either arrested and remanded or convicted and sentenced. BTW, my original post had nothing to do with race, and where did you get your stats o the racial composition of prison population?

        • Col123

          EM: you are leaping to AfroGuyanese learning from Jagdeo to be bold at stealing and selling drugs..BUT ..has no material wealth to show for it..whereas, IndoGuyanese are natural thieves and can show material wealth for it..think about what you wrote!.. you are better than that…

          • Emile_Mervin

            I never made any distinction between Indo and Afro Guyanese. You inferred that from the thin air around you. I merely pinpointed Jagdeo, as a person and not as an Indian, because it was on his watch as President that chances for genuine change were missed because he ran a very corrupt government. As a result, a corrupt police force could not effectively deal with criminals in the street or the government.

    • Col123

      EM : that is a big leap to pin simple crime instructions and boldness on Jagdeo …giving the chap a professorship on crime is an insult to instructors and professors worldwide . Jagdeo can’t even pimp for a must be a young chap for not knowing about crime in Guyana, prior to Jagdeo tenure!

      • Emile_Mervin

        See my other responses to could illuminate your thinking in response to your post here.

        • Col123

          EM: your premise was”..bold defiance..these thugs..” your point was these thugs learned from Jagdeo..that Guyana wake up to new accounts of crime daily…as if these events never occurred previously. Your point about the PPP exclusive of Jagdeo is prejudicial and bias.. and does extend to ethnicity and crime, with Jagdeo being the principal. Kith and kin politics is poison ..we need to get past it…

          • Emile_Mervin

            COI, The thugs probably learned from Jagdeo, but his race was not a factor in my reasoning, because no race has a monopoly on crime. The bulk of the street crimes are committed by Blacks; the bulk of the state rip-offs and high seas piracy are committed by Indians. Pick your poison as you wade into the kith and kin crap, because I won’t be following you there. All I m saying is that the Jagdeo regime was brazenly criminally corrupt and that criminals in the street observed it and followed suit. You don’t have to agree with me, but that is my argument!

    • Surujpaul Rampersaud

      EM. It incorrect of you to lay blame on one person and one political party. How about those who used to serenade bandits calling them ” freedom fighters”. The entire GPF became reactionary and unprofessional in crime fighting. Cherished values got destroyed and we stood silent. We all are now consumed for failing to speak out. Typical Guyanese mentality ” my kind does no wrong”

      • Emile_Mervin

        It is unacceptable for you to not know the history of the topic of which seek to participate. There were kick down the door bandits and dangerous criminals during the PNC era. Some were politically motivated. The issue is that there was a regime change in 1992, which should have seen the PPP regime reforming the police force. Unfortunately, Cheddie died in 1997, Janet stepped down in 1999 and Jagdeo demitted office in 2011, but not once did the PPP ensure the police force was genuinely reformed.
        After the 2002-2006 crime wave, Jagdeo wrote the British asking for help reforming the security sector. The British responded with a GYS$6B grant that called for British police to be stationed among Guyanese police officers. Jagdeo said no way, and the British pulled their offer. That signal Jagdeo failure was a missed opportunity that, today, allows the still unreformed police force to exist while trying to deal with criminal youths who grew up under the PPP from 1992 to 2015.
        This is my point: Today’s youths in Guyana have been turning to crimes because of a lack of job creation and seeing the hypocrisy of having a criminally corrupt government and police force. The coalition now has its work cut out trying to correct the mistakes of both the PPP and PNC when it comes to genuine police reforms, and also creating jobs for the growing number of youths.

  • Emile_Mervin

    Indeed, criminality existed during the PNC era, but my point is that police reform to deal with criminality fell on Jagdeo’s shoulders during his 12 years in power. He asked the British for help with police reform, and they responded with a GY$6B aid package, but he refused to go along with it because it called for stationing British police officers among local police officers. Ask yourself why he refused to go along!

  • Emile_Mervin

    You are inferring that I am ignoring criminality of the PNC era by aluuding to the criminality of the Jagdeo era, but I will let you know, IMHO, Jagdeo missed a glorious opportunity to correct the PNC mistakes of not having a reformed and independent police force. The PPP was in office 22.7 years and most of the criminals today were toddlers in 1992 Ergo, they grew up under a bare-faced criminally corrupt regime, hence their own propensity for barefaced criminality.

  • Emile_Mervin

    Stop talking to the mirror, pal!