Paint sample test results could take another month
Results of tests being conducted on samples of paint taken from the GDF Coast Guard vessel, RC 12, could take as long as next month to be obtained.
The Police Forensic Laboratory is carrying out tests of the paint samples with the aim of establishing whether the GDF vessel is in any way linked to the August 11 mishap in the Essequibo River.
Investigators will be able to determine if there is any connection between the army vessel and the damaged boat in which the bodies of Henry Gibson and Jainarine Dinanauth were found, and from which 10-year old Ricky Jainarine went missing.
This follows revelations that a sample of blue paint similar to the one on the damaged boat was lifted from the Army Coast Guard vessel.
Speaking with this newspaper yesterday, Crime Chief, Seelall Persaud indicated that the tests will be carried out using new pieces of equipment which were recently obtained by the Guyana Police Force.
He explained that the equipment to be used will take some time to be installed, and then personnel will be trained over a required period to man it.
This newspaper understands that personnel will be arriving from overseas soon to conduct the training.
There are speculations that the army boat may have been involved in the mishap after three Coast Guards were apprehended in a multi million dollar Essequibo River heist in which Dweive Kant Ramdass was murdered.
This newspaper had examined the damaged boat and residue of green paint was found at the point of collision.
A subsequent check of the army coast guard vessel which was moored at the Parika Stelling, revealed that it had been freshly repainted and that there were what appeared to be scratch marks along the side, pointing to a recent accident.
However, the paint job was hurriedly done since the original colour differed from the new paint.