An electrical contractor was shot in the back of the head and robbed of $600,000 some ten minutes after leaving a Republic Bank branch at Triumph, East Coast Demerara.
Terry Singh, 38, was shot by a tattooed gunman around 13:00 hrs yesterday, just as he entered the compound of the R. Kissoon Contracting Service at Foulis, East Coast Demerara.
The robber and an accomplice escaped with the cash on a CG motorcycle, which had no number plates.
Singh has been admitted to hospital with a fractured skull. His condition is stable and he is to undergo surgery.
The contractor’s employer told Kaieteur News that he had given Singh an $800,000 cheque, which the contractor encashed at the Republic Bank at Foulis.
Singh then withdrew $600,000, which was reportedly to be used to renovate his home.
Singh who is in pain but is conscious, told Kaieteur News that he then headed back to his worksite on his motorcycle.
The contractor said that when he was in the vicinity of Lusignan, he observed a silver grey car, which he suspected was trailing him.
According to Singh, the driver appeared to accelerate whenever he (Singh) increased his speed.
However, the contractor said that the vehicle was nowhere in sight when he reached his workplace.
Singh said that just as he entered his workplace at Foulis, he heard an explosion behind him. He had no idea that he had been shot until he saw the blood trickling down his neck.
Singh said that on turning, he saw a tall, slim, fair-complexioned man with tattoos on his arms pointing a gun at one of the workers, who had picked up a chainsaw.
The gunman then snatched Singh’s moneybag and fled out of the compound. He escaped with an accomplice, who was waiting nearby on a CG motorcycle.
A resident took the wounded contractor to a private hospital, where doctors determined that the bullet had exited the top of Singh’s head.
Police recovered a spent shell from the scene but were yet to make any arrests up to late yesterday.
They are also hoping to recover CCTV footage of the robbery.
The attack on Singh occurred just 12 days after fisherman, Eddie Brandon, was shot in the leg and robbed of $7.6M he had withdrawn from branch of the Republic Bank at Beterverwagting, East Coast Demerara.
The robbers escaped after attacking Brandon near his home at Cove and John, East Coast Demerara.
No one has been arrested for that robbery.
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