Jun 25, 2010 News
Investigations into Monday’s shootout at Mousie Landing took an unusual turn yesterday, with police stating that one of the slain men is not David Courtman (The police had earlier identified him as Devon Courtman).
Police said that during a scheduled post mortem examination (PME) yesterday, Courtman’s mother stated that the slain man was not her son.
Kaieteur News understands that relatives informed detectives that Courtman had two discoloured front teeth and that the tip of one of his fingers was missing.
However, the fingers of the victim who was initially believed to be Courtman were intact.
A release issued yesterday said that police are seeking assistance from the public in their attempts to identify the slain man.
“Based on information obtained from persons in the mining community during the investigations, the police were of the view that the victim was Devon Courtman of Richmond Village, Essequibo Coast. “However, Courtman’s mother has since confirmed at the scheduled PME yesterday that the body was not that of her son,” the release stated.
Persons who can identify the victim may contact the police on telephone numbers 225-6411, 225-2227, 226-1333, 225-2722, 911 or the nearest station.
Police had initially reported that Clifford Andrews, a 21-year-old miner from Chenapau, and a man identified as dredge owner Devon Courtman, were walking along a trail when they were ambushed by two men.
The attackers were said to be 35-year-old Oswald Bourne, of Block 22 Wismar, and a man known as ‘Blacka.’
A shootout reportedly ensued during which both Bourne and ‘Courtman’ were slain. Andrews managed to flee after being shot in the chest.
The injured man had told Kaieteur News that ‘Blacka’ shot and gun-butted him.
While reports indicate that robbery was the motive for the attack, Oswald Bourne’s relatives insist that he was not a criminal. They have alleged that he was murdered during a dispute.
According to sources from the area, Oswald Bourne’s brother and sister-in-law operate a small boutique at Mousie Landing.
Relatives said that Oswald Bourne had been selling clothing in the area for the past two years.
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