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AFC unanimously supports Ramjattan as Security Minister; presses for softer marijuana penalties to ease prison overcrowding

Amid ongoing instability in Guyana’s prisons sparked off by the burning down of the Georgetown maximum security jail one month ago, the Alliance For Change (AFC) on Sunday backed Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan and called for a swift end to jail terms for possession of small amounts of marijuana. “A motion was unanimously approved that the party reposes its ...

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Timehri prisoner, who was shot dead, did not attempt to escape- sources

The murder accused prisoner, who was shot dead last Friday at the Timehri Prison, did not attempt to escape, in stark contradiction to information provided by  government on the day of the incident. Well-placed sources told Demerara Waves Online News that there is no evidence to support the public official position that 26-year old, Winston “Town Man” Hinds had apparently ...

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Illegal airstrip, other items found in Rupununi

An illegal airstrip and several items were discovered in southern Guyana on Saturday, but no one has been arrested, Chief-of-Staff of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), Brigadier Patrick West said. He said the illegal airstrip was located about five miles west of Santa Fe, a large scale agricultural area outside Lethem, Rupununi. West said no narcotics were found at the ...

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Cevon’s Waste Disposal employee jailed for smuggling ganja into prison

One of three employees of Cevon’s Waste Disposal Service was Friday jailed, one day after he and two other workplace colleagues were arrested for allegedly smuggling marijuana and other prohibited items into the Lusignan Prison. Police said Akeem John of 44 Middle Walk, Buxton, East Coast Demerara accepted all the narcotics and he was sentenced to three years imprisonment. The ...

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Inmate who attempted to escape from jail shot dead

A prisoner, who attempted to escape from the Timehri Prison, was Friday afternoon shot dead, in what appears to be growing intolerance of prisoners who attempt to flee lawful custody. Director of Prisons Gladwin Samuels  said Winston Hinds, 26, who was on remand for murder attempted to escape from the penal facility while prisoners were involved in a serious physical altercation ...

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Rift in top bracket of police force, qualifications, alleged gun licence rackets surface at Granger assassination inquiry

Acting Police Commissioner, David Ramnarine on Friday conceded that he was never trained as a detective but rejected suggestions that he had told Commission of Inquiry that the plot to assassinate President David Granger was not properly investigated because of malice against Police Commissioner, Seelalall Persaud and Crime Chief, Wendell Blanhum. Under cross-examination by the substantive Police Commissioner’s Attorney-at-Law, Glenn ...

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Father of nine on drug possession charge remanded

by Antoyne Toney A 46 year-old man, who is a father of nine, was charged with being in possession of cocaine and marijuana and was refused bail. Shawn Samuel of 274 Eccles, East Bank Demerara,  appeared before Magistrate Faith Mc Gusty in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court and pleaded not guilty to the charge. The prosecution’s case is that on July ...

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Mother of two ,who allegedly killed her children’s father, granted bail

by Antoyne Toney A 21 year old woman, who is a mother of two, was Thursday afternoon granted GYD$250,000 bail on a charge of manslaughter she allegedly committed on her children’s father. Lisa Halley of 55 David Street, Kitty, Georgetown was arraigned before Magistrate Faith Mc Gusty at the Georgetown Magistrates’ court. Police accused Lisa Halley of killing  Dillion Halley ...

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Security forces uncover more drugs, other illegal items at two jails

As efforts continue to tighten security at Guyana’s prisons, the security services have found more prohibited items at two jails, resulting in prison officers at one prison receiving death threats for the seizure of drugs, Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels said Thursday. He said a probe has been launched into the discovery of cellular phones and narcotics at the Timehri ...

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Cevon’s Waste Disposal workers held for allegedly smuggling marijuana, other items into Lusignan Prison; to be fired immediately

Three workers of Cevon’s Waste Disposal Service were Thursday morning arrested for allegedly attempting to smuggle marijuana into the Lusignan Prison, East Coast Demerara, Prisons Director Gladwin Samuels said. Samuels said the workers went there to collect the portable toilets from the Lusignan Prison building and the asphalted holding area when a search was ordered. A haversack containing what is ...

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