Nov 09, 2008 News
Confesses to Bartica slaughter
One of nine men who were caught following the GuySuCo payroll heist on the West Bank of Demerara has been fingered in the Bartica massacre.
According to a source close to the investigations, one of the captured men, 23-year-old Dennis Williams, called ‘Anaconda’, of 153 Barr Street, Albouystown, was positively identified yesterday during an identification parade.
Reports are that nine men who were held following the robbery were yesterday placed on an identification parade at the Criminal Investigation Department Headquarters, Eve Leary.
This newspaper was told that Williams was reportedly identified by an eyewitness to the Bartica massacre. He later confessed to being a part of the gang that carried out the killings.
The source said that Williams is expected to appear in court on Monday after charges have been instituted.
Others who were placed on the identification parade were 24-year-old Paul Stephenson, of Lot 3, Mc Doom Public Road, East Bank Demerara; Lloyd Johnson, 32, of Goed Fortuin, West Bank Demerara; Michael Grant, 32, of Lot 54, Crane Housing Scheme, West Coast Demerara; Aldren Adonis, 29, of 941 Grove Housing Scheme; Jermaine Todd, 21, of Dowding Street, Kitty; and Joe Fernandes and Robert Darr of Ma Retraite, West Bank Demerara.
On February 17 last, gunmen stormed the community of Bartica and cold-bloodedly murdered Police Lance Corporal Zaheer Zakir, Constable Shane Fredericks, Constable Ron Osborne, Dexter Adrian, Orvin Ferreira, Abdool Yassin Jr., Deonarine Singh, Errol Thomas, Ronald Gomes, Irwin Gilkes, Ashraf Ally Khan and Baldeo Singh.
Currently, two persons are before the courts, having being charged in connection with the Bartica massacre.
On April 9 last, Roger Simon, of Lot 25 Fifth Avenue, Bartica, a father of nine, was charged for the murders. And in May, Celbert Reis was charged for the murders. Those matters are currently before the Bartica Magistrate’s Court.
The other men have been fingered in several high profile robberies in and around the city.
Reports are that some of the men have admitted to robberies which occurred as far away as at Fort Island, Timehri and Tuschen.
Following the robbery which occurred last Thursday, and the subsequent capture of the suspects, some of the captured men led a Joint Services team to an area near the Demerara River where they had stashed the canister containing the GuySuCo payroll. The $17.2M payroll was recovered intact.
Police also recovered a .38 Smith and Wesson revolver and six rounds of ammunition that were taken away from the GEB security guards; a .32 Taurus pistol with two magazines and 21 rounds of ammunition; a 9mm Glock pistol with two magazines and 31rounds of ammunition; and two .38 Taurus revolvers with ten matching rounds.
The 9mm Glock was stolen from a cambio dealer who was attacked on October 24, 2007 by nine armed men, who relieved him of his firearm and a substantial sum of cash.
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