Mar 06, 2011 News
– says he does not know of an “incident”, but accident
Former Magistrate and Attorney at law, Gordon Gilhuys, was detained at the Brickdam Police Station where he remained up to press time following a shooting incident with one of the footballers of the club, Dwayne Ali, 31.
Ali, of Garnett Street, Newtown, and a top footballer of Western Tigers Football Club is now hospitalised with a gunshot wound to his right leg. According to reports the injury was not life-threatening. His condition is listed as stable.
The incident occurred at the junction of Hibiscus Street, West Ruimveldt, and Mandela Avenue where the team had disembarked after returning to the city from a football engagement in the mining town of Linden.
According to reports Gilhuys, the president of the football club, was in an altercation with one of the players. Ali placed himself between the two and got shot for his efforts.
A source close to the footballers revealed that the incident started in Linden after the match had concluded.
This newspaper was told that the lawyer and another player, Joppy Tyrell, had an argument minutes after the team had finished playing a game.
Further, it was stated that after the match Gilhuys told the team that they could have a drink.
After that the eyewitness said that the team began to assemble to go into the bus, when Tyrell exited the bus to collect something.
It was at this point, the eyewitnesses said, that Gilhuys shouted to the driver of the minibus that they should drive away and leave the footballer behind.
“He (Gilhuys) said close de bus door and drive away leave he in Linden,” the eyewitness said.
At this point, another player, Sharmon David, exited the bus in solidarity with Tyrell.
The eyewitness further told this publication that driver followed Gilhuys’s instruction and left the footballer behind.
This newspaper was told that it was another manager from the team that assisted Tyrell back to Georgetown.
The eyewitness further told this publication that after both parties reached Georgetown, Gilhuys started arguing with Tyrell, the player whom he had left in Linden.
It was alleged that the president began telling Tyrell that he wanted the boots and other gears that the club had given him.
This newspaper was told that the player said that he did not have any items belonging to the team.
According to the eyewitness there was a scuffle between the president and Tyrell. At this point this newspaper was told that Ali intervened by stepping between them.
The eyewitness said that Ali was pushed, and a second later a gunshot was heard.
This newspaper was told that Ali was rushed by the team’s captain Derrick Carter, to the hospital while Tyrell ran away.
President of the Georgetown Football Association (GFA) Vernon Burnett, visited the injured man at the hospital and expressed his disappointment at the incident. Mr. Burnett said that the Western Tigers FC had contravened the football laws which prohibit players from participating in tournaments outside the jurisdiction without the requisite permission.
The GFA boss said that his executives have instituted a temporary ban on Mr. Gilhuys pending the determination of the matter.
Further, Mr. Burnett has written to the club expressing disappointment about their contravention of the rules. He has since ordered the executives to explain the breach of rules.
One of the footballers who witnessed the shooting said that there was no need for the accused lawyer to exercise such force. He said that at the time the injured footballer was returning to his vehicle having successfully mediated in the issue. The footballer, under a promise of anonymity, said that after the incident the accused lawyer attempted to swing the matter even accusing the injure footballer of striking him.
“That is a blatant lie,” exclaimed the source.
However when this newspaper contacted Mr. Gilhuys he denied that there was an “incident”.
According to the former magistrate there was no incident and whatever happened was an accident. He also said that he was still being detained at the police station.
Investigations are still continuing into the matter.
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