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Prison warden succumbs; nine other persons injured in Camp Street unrest; Georgetown hospital activates contingency plan

Rescued prisoners about to be taken away to another jail.

A prison officer succumbed to a gunshot injury while receiving emergency treatment at the Georgetown Public Hospital.

He has been identified as Odinga Wickham.

Nine other persons were injured during Sunday afternoon’s fiery unrest that destroyed the maximum Georgetown Prison, officials said. There are no immediate reports of deaths.

Chief Executive Officer of the Georgetown Public Hospital, Retired Brigadier George Lewis said eight prison wardens and two inmates were chopped and shot. Hospital sources said Wickham was shot to his chest.

Wickham was one of the prison wardens who  were rushed to theatre for emergency surgery. Another of the prison officers critically injured has been identified as Hubert Trim.

Lewis and Public Health Minister, Volda Lawrence said efforts were being made to ensure the hospital has all the required medical supplies. Doctors, nurses and other health workers were being summoned to report to the hospital.

Lawrence said the hospital has not been overwhelmed but a contingency plan is being put in place. “We aren’t overwhelmed and we won’t be,” said Lewis. He added that an alternative treatment facility has been set up.

Lewis said no bodies were taken to the hospital mortuary. No burn victims were taken to the hospital.

The Civil Defence Commission has been activated. The National Security Council was Sunday night due to meet in emergency session at State House.

All the buildings, except the recently constructed concrete block, were destroyed in the raging fire that was being aided by a strong north easterly breeze.

Sources said the the unrest began when an inmate, fed uo of being remanded for a lengthy period; attacked a female prison warden. She begged for her life.

Two male prisoners were chopped during the early period of the fracas.

Others then began banging doors and calling for the jail to be burnt.

After heavily armed soldiers and police facilitated the exit of numerous prisoners and taken across to the Prison Officers Club as a holding area, a number of them opened bottles of liquor such as vodka, soaked their jerseys, lit and tossed them into the club setting that building ablaze.

  • rudeo

    where will we put the ppp crooks now?…bet they must have a hand in this….

    • Lancelot Brassington

      What you are suggesting jokingly could well be the truth.

  • Col123

    Unfortunate event and unsettling for all Guyanese. Hoping that the situation comes under control quickly. Hoping that my friend Ex PPP man is safe. He apparently works in the healthcare environment there. Give us a shout Ex PPP man!

  • plantain

    “After heavily armed soldiers and police facilitated the exit of numerous prisoners and taken across to the Prison Officers Club as a holding area, a number of them opened bottles of liquor such as vodka, soaked their jerseys, lit and tossed them into the club setting that building ablaze.”

    Now why would you put prisoners in an Area where they have access to liquor.
    Sheeessssh! whomever was the commanding officer needs to be fired pronto.This is inexcusable.You cant put prisoners in such an area without an overwhelming security presence to thwart anything untoward.

    • rudeo

      Joke tin soldiers

  • rudeo

    PPP must be featured….imagine a few coolie burn down a majority-populated black prison…..you guys are vulgar

  • rudeo

    WOW!

  • Col123

    Speaking about gajraj…what became of all the “money he embezzled in India?”…was soca and saru not investigating the chap?

    • Charles Selman

      Sadly! He thought Herman to do the same in China. GTT.
      SELMAN.

  • Yannick23

    Put the AFC two Top Brass Naag and Jhaat in between and you will get all the intelligence you need to control the Prison.

  • Yannick23

    Yes sister Pam, Rudeo, Col123, Lance Brassington and my self, we all used to thief fowl until the PPP crooks came into power. They had their own set of Professional Crooks.

  • Col123

    You need to dig two holes when you dig one for others

  • Cotton_Candy

    God forbid they all should have perished in the fire. I have no sympathy for criminals and they need to pay for the crimes that they committed, end of story.