Jan 10, 2010 News
– gunmen still at large
A close circuit monitor has reportedly recorded the brutal murder of waitress Kulmattie Singh and the shooting of two patrons at Safraz Sports Bar and Restaurant on Friday night.
But police officials said that the poor quality of the images has made it practically impossible for investigators to identify the three gunmen behind the rampage at the David and Lamaha Streets night spot.
The sources said that efforts to enhance the images have been unsuccessful, so far.
No arrests had been made up to press time yesterday.
Singh, called Kathy, of North East Cummings Lodge, died after she was shot in the head. A police source said that she was apparently struck by a stray bullet.
Singh, who is survived by her four children, including a one-year-old, has been working at the bar since last February.
She arrived at work around 15:00 hrs and was scheduled to work until morning.
Jason Montgomery, an Australian national, was shot in the chest just below his heart during the attack. Montgomery was in an unconscious condition in the High Dependency Unit (HDU) when Kaieteur News visited the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation yesterday.
Montgomery has only been in Guyana for just about a month now on what his friends describe as a business trip.
The Australian was reportedly in negotiations with Mark Xavier to have a cleaning agent marketed and distributed in Guyana.
Also wounded was 39-year-old businessman Ronald Dhanraj, called ‘Lar’, who was shot under the right arm.
The Ogle, East Coast Demerara resident is being treated at a city hospital.
When Kaieteur News visited the scene of the robbery yesterday morning a few staffers were present but the nightspot was closed for business.
The slain waitress’s mother, Chandrapatty, told Kaieteur News that persons at the night spot were unable to tell the family how Kulmattie was shot.
“They just say that bandits go in the place and everybody run.
They say she was coming out the bar and they hear a gunshot, and when they come back she was on the ground,” the victim’s mother said.
According to the mother, she had always cautioned her daughter to be careful at work, “because of how things going, but I never expected this would happen.”
Police said that the gunmen entered the nightspot, located at David and Lamaha Streets at around 20:10 hrs.
Some of the patrons said that they initially thought that someone was pulling a prank when one of the bandits drew a handgun and ordered them to remain still.
John Ramdan, a patron, said that he was sitting with his wife, Andrea, and about five other friends, including some from England, when he saw a man enter the premises.
He said that he heard the man shout ‘Nobody move,” but he said that he assumed that the man was pulling a prank.
It was not until he saw the man draw a handgun that he realised that a robbery was in progress.
Ramdan said that shortly after, he heard a gunshot and saw “a white man” (the Australian Jason Montgomery) on his knees and crying out in pain.
According to Ramdan, the gunman then came over to him and relieved him of a gold chain, some $60,000 and other valuables. Ramdan’s wife was also relieved of a diamond ring, cell phone and other valuables.
Ramdan added that the gunman then turned to a patron who was sitting at a nearby table and “pumped” two bullets into the man.
Ramdan said that he and his wife then fled to a nearby washroom.
Police retrieved a 9mm casing from the scene.
The police release confirmed that the gunmen also relieved the bartender of the day’s sales and that they escaped in a waiting AT 192 Toyota Carina.
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