Dec 09, 2014 News
Gunmen stormed Sterling Products Limited around 18.45 hrs yesterday, killing a security guard and
wounding a 41-year-old Indian national before fleeing empty handed from the Providence, East Bank Demerara Company.
Wilfred Stewart, 45, a Beharry Group of Companies security guard, of Graham’s Hall, East Coast Demerara, was shot in the groin and hip as he sat in a security hut, after the gunmen, who reportedly arrived in a silver-grey car, forced their way through the main gate.
Gabriel Dass, a 41-year-old Indian national and a Quality Assurance Chemist, was shot in the left foot by one of the gunmen who had entered the firm’s laboratory. He was treated at the East Bank Demerara Regional Hospital.
Relatives of the slain guard said that he fathered two daughters and that his wife is expecting a third child. His mother, Gloria Stewart, said that her son had worked as a guard with the Beharry Group of Companies for over ten years.
Kaieteur News understands that evidence retrieved by Crime Scene ranks suggests that the bandits, numbering about six, were armed with rifles and handguns.
The brazen attack occurred a few metres from the Providence Police Station. However, investigators were reportedly to glean much from employees, who sources said “scattered all about” when the shooting started.
Chief Executive Officer Ramsay Ali told reporters that the bandits arrived by car and that they attempted to force their way into the cashier’s office.
He confirmed that security cameras are installed on the premises.
An eyewitness who narrowly escaped the same fate as the slain guard told Kaieteur News that he and Stewart were in the security hut when a car stopped outside the compound.
He said that “at least ten men,” emerged from the vehicle and barged through the gate.
“This car was packed. It looked like more than 10 men were in the car and they were sitting on each other foot. As soon as this car stopped, all the men run into the compound and started to shoot. When I see them I run and hide in the
yard next door,” the eyewitness said.
He added that the bandits saw when he ran and two of the masked men pursued him.
“Them see when I run and two of them run to find me but they didn’t see when I pulled out a mesh on the fence and hide in the next yard so they were searching the compound for me.”
He added that while fleeing he heard the gunmen discharge about three gunshots at Stuart.
“My wife didn’t want me to come to work this morning (yesterday) but I tell her I have to go. This man (Stewart) was suppose to go on leave but he stayed back,” the distraught man said.
Indian national, Gabriel Dass, who has been working with Sterling products Limited for the past three months, said that he was in the laboratory when he heard screams. He said before he could have peeped out to see what the commotion was about, a masked man pushed the door open and pointed a gun at him.
“We are upstairs, and before I could have reached the door, he run up to me and asked where the money was. I showed him my bag and he just shoot me and walked out. He didn’t check my bag,” the injured man said while receiving treatment late last night at the East Bank Demerara Regional Hospital.
When Kaieteur News arrived on the scene several terrified employees were milling around in the compound, while police ranks took statements from eyewitnesses.
The slain guard’s body remained in the security hut for at least two hours before porters from the Lyken Funeral Parlour took the corpse away.
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