Dec 01, 2008 News
Cranston Gill, one of the gunmen killed on the Cromarty foreshore last Friday, ceased working at Christmas Falls early in 2005, three years before the police raided the location in pursuit of the now dead Rondell ‘Fine Man’ Rawlins and his gang.
That was the comment of one of the shareholders in the concession, who said that work at that concession was halted late in 2006 because of the condition of the road that led to the location, some 65 miles beyond Kwakwani, up the Berbice River.
The shareholder, who admitted to being related to treason accused Philip Bynoe, said that as long as Unamco maintained an interest in the area, that company maintained the road; but with the dissolution of Unamco, the road deteriorated and the logging concession in the area that used the road was forced to cease operations.
Asked about the relationship between Philip Bynoe and the concession, the shareholder said that Bynoe could be considered a distant advisor. “He could not play an actively open role in the company because of the treason charge. Remember, the company started in 2003 and Philip Bynoe had gotten into trouble in 2002.”
Asked about slain gunman Cranston Gill, the man said that when the company started in 2003, on the advice of Philip Bynoe, he decided to employ people from depressed communities.
“We took people from West Demerara, Bare Root, Buxton and Paradise.”
The man said that the people from East Coast Demerara worked very well. “They accredited themselves well and actually paved the way for others from East Coast Demerara to readily gain employment.”
Asked if Gill had gone back to the concession after he left early in 2005 while it was still in operation, the shareholder said that this was not the case. However, Gill’s relatives said that he had gone back there almost two years ago, taking another villager with him.
The shareholder said that this would have been after operations had ceased and the camp was abandoned. He surmised that Gill would have used his knowledge of the area to take ‘Fine Man’ and his gang there.
The villager who accompanied Gill said that he had been lured to Christmas Falls to do logging, but while there, all he did was sit around and “smoke ganja.”
And there were the guns. The Guyana Defence Force lost its 33 AK-47s and two general purpose machine guns (GPMG) a few months later. This loss was discovered in February 2007.
Some of those guns turned up in the possession of the people who executed the Rose Hall bank robberies. The most recent AK-47 was found in the possession of the three men –former GDF ranks James Gibson and Cliff Chichester, along with Cranston Gill, who were all killed on the Cromarty foreshore.
Correcting an earlier report in this paper’s Sunday edition, members of the President’s College Old Students Association denied that Gibson and Chichester had attended that school. In fact, Chichester attended St Margaret’s Primary on a transfer, and later, Brickdam Secondary School.
Gibson might have attended either Golden Grove Secondary or Bladen Hall Secondary
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