Nov 19, 2015 News
Despite the apparent spike in criminal activities, Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum is boasting of success in dismantling several criminal gangs that could have spelled disaster for Guyana.
Speaking last Friday at a special conference to present the Police Force’s crime prevention strategy for the festive season, Blanhum identified several criminal gangs that were busted this year.
But the early release of these the suspects either on bail or after short sentences remains a constant worry for the lawmen.
A frightening aspect of his presentation was the disclosure that some of the gangs comprised members and former members of the Guyana Police Force.
The Crime Chief announced that one of the major successes of the police was the dismantling of a large gang that was based on East Bank Demerara and which carried out operations from as far as the East Coast Demerara to the West
This gang was responsible for the murder/robbery of business Ganesh Ramlall on West Coast Demerara, and the attack on Land Court Judge, Nicola Pierre, and her husband Mohamed Chand on East Coast Demerara in July last.
The mastermind of this gang, Rolston Morrison, called Murphy was shot dead when the police SWAT unit raided a house at Craig, East Bank Demerara a few months ago.
Members of his gang included Fazed Bacchus and Lennox Roberts who are both facing murder charges, while Damion Millington, Premnauth and warren McKenzie, Anthony David, Nicolas Narine are charged with robbery under arms.
Another group that was busted was one that targeted customers of commercial banks. Their luck ran out after they were linked to the murder of rice farmer Hardat Kissoon who was shot dead in a minibus on June 1.
That gang was made up of Sherwin Trotman, Paul James and Kirk Clarke. Trotman’s rap sheet reads
like that of a career criminal.
According to Blanhum he was first charged in 2009 for attempted murder and robbery under arms.
He surfaced again in 2012 when he was charged with abduction and three counts of robbery under arms. The cops are finally able nail him for the murder of Kissoon, which should see him locked away for a while.
“We arrested him on numerous occasions but we did not manage to convict him, eventually we did get a conviction for him in relation to a firearm matter that he had. So we arrested him and we placed him in prison and said…everything is fine, that three years he will be off of the streets. Lo and behold, he went and he appealed that matter; he came out back and he was involved in murder,” the Crime Chief told the conference.
“So had he been spending his time in prison where he belongs, the murder of Hardat Kissoon might have been prevented,” Blanhum added.
Another group that was cracked by the police was responsible for armed robberies committed on persons coming from the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, and two murders. This group included two former police ranks, Uree Varswyk and Orin Arthur, who teamed up with Steve Prescott and Rayon Paddy.
This year alone the police force charged several of its ranks for corruption.
“When we have police corruption, despite how much we try to build trust among members of the
communities this erodes some of that trust,” the Crime Chief declared.
Another gang is at present incarcerated on charges of murder of Rubis official Jason Cort.
This gang is made up of Stancey Rodney, Linton Eastman and Clifton Gibson, who the Crime Chief said are all “well known characters”.
The list of successful gang dismantling continued with the busting of the crew that carried out the Bourda Post Office robbery.
The gang was made up of Stravo Evans and Simeon Willaims among others.
According to Crime Chief Blanhum, Evans called “Gum Bell” is well known to them, having been acquitted of the murder of Bascal Johnson in 2010.
“This young man, he’s on bail…whenever he’s on bail we have problems in that area where he lives …and within the past 48 hours we have had two armed robberies in that area and we are currently pursuing him,” Blanhum said.
Nabadinghi Gobin called “Dangles”, who teamed up with Edward Skeete, called “Pretty Boy” murdered Ryan Clementson.
Kaieteur News understands that both Gobin and Skeete were members of a gang that was held in Berbice with an M-16 rifle.
According to the Crime Chief, Skeete was first charged for robbery under arms in 2008. He was granted bail, and while enjoying his pre-trial liberty, he committed murder.
He was acquitted of that murder but soon found himself back in conflict with the law when he was arrested for the murder of Clementson, a former member of his gang.
The Crime Chief also made mention of other notorious criminals who have been placed behind bars recently. They include Orpheus Johnson, Eagan Rodrigues, called “Grey Boy” and Dellon Henry called “Nasty Man”, who as a 13-year-old, was fingered in the murders of Kaieteur News workers at Eccles, East Bank Demerara
Blanhum said “Nasty Man was out of prison for only one week and we had to put him back there.”
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