Bank, PNCR condemn Sheema Mangar’s robbery/murder
The police appear to have reached a dead end in their efforts to identify the person or persons behind the gruesome robbery/ murder of bank employee, Sheema Mangar.
Yesterday when contacted, a senior police official said that the police have failed to establish anything substantial from the surveillance cameras.
Mangar, of 675 Block Eight Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara, and a former Queen’s College student, was robbed of her BlackBerry phone around 18:40 hrs on Friday, while awaiting transportation near Camp Street and North Road. According to one report, Sheema’s colleagues had just boarded another bus when they heard her cry out that her mobile phone had been snatched.
Investigators were hoping to identify the thief who ran over Mangar, after snatching her cell phone.
According to reports, the perpetrator (s) had parked near a Camp Street entity earlier in the evening before his attack on Mangar.
Detectives had hoped that the cameras might have picked up the license plate number of the car and the robber’s features. However, according to sources, the cameras only focused on the entity’s outer perimeters.
A post mortem examination conducted yesterday said that Mangar died from a ruptured spleen.
Meanwhile, the Demerara Bank and the People’s National Congress Reform in press statements yesterday strongly condemned the “heinous” act. The Demerara Bank in its statement said that Mangar had been employed at the institution for the last two years.
“She went to the best schools in Guyana and was well equipped for the work place,” stated the release.
“The horrible and atrocious act of not only stealing her cell phone, but when she stood up asking for her property she was run over like an animal and was dragged one block away on the road.”
Furthermore, the bank stated that the callous act of brutality on a human being should definitely be condemned by society as it portrays Guyana as a country where human life is as cheap as a cell phone.
“Life is sacred which all can take but none can give…Can these perpetrators of this brutal act return the life of this young girl? The bank expresses its deepest condolences to the Mangar family in their time of bereavement.”
And the main opposition party, the People’s National Congress Reform, also extended condolences to the parents, relatives, friends and co-workers of Sheema Mangar.
Mangar, the party said, tried bravely to retrieve her snatched cell-phone from the thief, and was cruelly run over by a get-away car into which the bandit is alleged to have sought refuge.
The manner of the robbery and the subsequent barbaric act herald a new level of criminality which deserves swift and condign action on the part of the security forces and other law enforcement authorities, opined the party.
The party is calling on the Commissioner of Police, Henry Greene to ensure that the perpetrator of the act of banditry and new barbarity does not go unpunished. “This banditry must not be allowed to become a norm in our already troubled country.”
An eyewitness had told Kaieteur News that she saw a man running from North Road into Camp Street.
She said that the man then got into a car which was parked near the Bedford Methodist Church on Camp Street.
The eyewitness then saw Mangar run towards the car while shouting “thief, thief.”
The source said that Mangar then stood in front of the car, which was facing north, and shouted: “Give me my cell phone.”
Instead, the occupant of the car ran his vehicle over Mangar, who was dragged to Church Street.
The car then headed east along Church Street.
The injured woman was transported to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation with head injuries, a broken arm and lacerations about the body.
She was then admitted to the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital where she succumbed shortly after midnight on Sunday.