Investigators yesterday took a detained constable and a corporal back to the Puruni area where 29-year-old Brazilian Estevao Costa Marques was shot dead during an unauthorised raid last Saturday.
Kaieteur News understands that the mother of the slain man also accompanied investigators to the area. The constable, who has admitted to shooting Marques, has alleged that he returned fire after being shot at. He claims that this occurred after he came upon individuals in the Puruni camp who were smoking marijuana.
No firearm or spent shells have been found to support the policeman’s claims of being shot at.
While both ranks have refused to participate in an identification parade, an official told Kaieteur News yesterday that investigators are preparing to seek legal advice on the case.
An autopsy has confirmed that Marques was shot to the back of the head.
According to a police statement, the Subordinate Officer and Constable of Kurupung Police Station abandoned the said Station sometime last week Friday. They left on an ATV for patrol duties, armed with a .30 Carbine Rifle and subsequently joined a boat and proceeded to a Landing along the Puruni River.
On arrival at the Landing sometime around midday on Saturday, the Subordinate Officer claimed that he remained in the boat while the Constable armed with the rifle, exited and proceeded to a shop, and shortly after two loud explosions were heard which caused him (the Subordinate Officer) to proceed to make enquiries.
The Subordinate Officer also mentioned that the Constable told him that a male discharged a round at him and he returned fire.”
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