Police Constable Darsan La Rose faced intense cross-examination by Attorney Stanley Moore who is representing Alfie Garraway- one of the three men accused of lobbing a grenade at an SUV Lexus belonging to Glenn Lall, owner of Kaieteur News.
Janeil Howard, 20, of 322 Section ‘C’ Turkeyen, East Coast Demerara; Alfie Garraway, 36, of Norton Street, Lodge, Georgetown; and Leroy Williams, 25, of 11 D’Urban Backlands, are accused of conspiring together with other persons to cause an explosion by way of grenade, likely to endanger lives and cause damage to property.
The offence occurred on June 4, last, at Saffon Street, Charlestown, Georgetown.
Garraway is currently out on $300,000 High Court bail. The other accused remain on remand.
When the Preliminary Inquiry (PI) continued before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan yesterday, Moore questioned Constable LaRose, who is stationed at the Ruimveldt Police Station, in relation to entries he made in his personal diary pertaining to the offence. The cross-examination lasted for close to 50 minutes. There were many disagreements by the police witness to several questions and suggestions put to him by the Attorney.
Attorney Neil Bollers is representing Williams while Howard still has not retained an Attorney.
Thereafter, the PI was adjourned for today, when other police witnesses are scheduled to testify.
At the last court hearing, Howard had denied giving a detective part of a statement which was tendered for identification purposes in the PI. The three-page statement was taken from the accused by Detective Sergeant Hubert Henry at the Ruimveldt Police Station.
However, Howard told the Chief Magistrate that he did not tell Sergeant Henry what was written on the third page. The accused said that he signed his name to the contents on both sides of the first sheet of paper. As a result, the Chief Magistrate had indicated that the court will commence a Voir Dire (trial within a trial) to inquire into the circumstances under which the statement was given.
According to reports, on the day in question, a security staffer heard an unusual sound coming from near Lall’s vehicle PRR 8398, which was parked on the western side of Saffon Street. On checking the front of the vehicle, the staffer spotted a grenade lying near one of the front tyres.
Video footage from the company’s CCTV cameras showed a grey-coloured vehicle, slowing as it approached Lall’s vehicle. The driver accelerated after the explosive device was thrown.
Shemar Wilson, also known as ‘Abdue’, is still wanted by the police for questioning in relation to the grenade attack. He is 20 years of age and his last known addresses have been given as 43 North Sophia and 51 West La Penitence, Georgetown.
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