Internet Radio

Crum-Ewing’s parents upping pressure for fresh probe, new trial

Courtney Crum-Ewing's parents, Eustace and Donna Harcourt protesting outside the Chambers of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Courtney Crum-Ewing’s parents, Eustace and Donna Harcourt protesting outside the Chambers of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Almost one month after a man was freed of the murder of political activist, Courtney Crum-Ewing, due to insufficient evidence, his parents on Monday picketed outside the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Chambers to press demands for a fresh probe and trial.

They are calling on acting Police Commissioner, David Ramnaraine  to conduct a fresh and thorough probe and for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to re-open the file.

Regan “Grey Boy” Rodrigues was set free by Magistrate Judy Latchman on September 14, 2016, but Crum-Ewing’s parents, Donna and Eustace Harcourt vowed not to give up their fight for a fair trial so that the perpetrator could be brought to justice. “I cannot see how a murder weapon was at a man’s house and still the magistrate said he does not know anything about it. No part in the world somebody goes free with the murder weapon at their house,” Mrs. Harcourt told reporters.

Crum-Ewing was shot dead on March, 2015 in Diamond, East Bank Demerara while he was on a megaphone urging residents to turn out and vote on May 11, 2015 and vote for the A Partnership for National Unity+ Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) coalition.

She said investigators appeared to have gone “soft” on Rodrigues and he did not confess to the crime.

Mr. Harcourt contended that persons linked to his stepson’s death have in the past been linked to “all kinds of lawlessness” and he feared that associates of the then People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) were still employed by government and were obstructing a proper probe. “It is political because I don’t know in this country that political operatives, whenever they do dirty work, like somebody is scared in this country to charge them,” Mr. Harcourt said.

“The fact of the matter is that all the evidence point in the direction of the PPP and we know that all the PPP operatives are still in the position especially in the police system. How you are going to get justice when all of them are in the same place,” he added.

Crum-Ewing’s mother plans to intensify the protest with the aim of getting it bigger. “I hope it doesn’t come to that. I want justice,” said his mother.

Crum-Ewing, a former Guyana Defence Force (GDF) officer, had risen to prominence after he had held sustained protests outside the Attorney General’s Chambers when Anil Nandlall had been in office.

  • Emile_Mervin

    Crum-Ewing went to the police and named Kwame McCoy as threatening his life because of Crum-Ewing’s protests. The police did nothing and Crum-Ewing wound up being executed in public.

    Within minutes of being gunned down, the police divisional commander was on the scene, and the PPP put out a statement within an hour warning against public retaliation. Everything seemed well coordinated.

    When McCoy was asked by InewsGuyana about the alleged threat, McCoy denied it and pointed out that Crum-Ewing was bitter about being discharged from the army and had promised to protest the PPP government.

    To this day, not one local media house ever investigated the reason why Crum-Ewing was discharged from the army. The public also knows of no police inquiry into a possible McCoy role in Crum-Ewing’s execution.

    Guyana is often dubbed a banana republic, but if true, it has to be because people allowed it to devolve into this state.

    • Col123

      There is evidence to support the current government attempt and or intent to jail the opposition….that makes Guyana a banana cooperative republic!..Literally, you are correct….it is the people who voted in the government, allowed it to evolve to this state…

      • Lucy

        Where is the evidence? All this is a big JOKE because PNC is in power not PPP…why would PNC want to cover up a murder by a PPP member? Your rationale makes no sense….Rumjatoo is the leader…not ROHEE….I still think you people play the blame game with no evidence to support your words….

        • Col123

          Lucy… my comment is on the point of Guyana being called a banana republic…the evidence being the audits that are used as red meat…and the constant braying of jailing the opposition with Jaggie ….nothing to do with this case…I stay away from speculation as much as possible…it is my nature…slow down…