Albouystown man refused bail for gun possession
Leonard Allicock, of Lot 43 James Street, Albouystown, was yesterday denied bail when he appeared before Magistrate Priya Beharry, at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court.
Allicock pleaded not guilty to the charge of unlawful possession of firearm and matching ammunition.
It was alleged that on October 7, without being the holder of a valid firearm licence, Allicock had in his possession one .38 revolver.
Another charge stated that Allicock on the same day, without being the holder of a firearm license, had in his possession four matching rounds of ammunition.
Police Prosecutor Lionel Harvey told the court that on the day in question at approximately 00:20 hrs, police were on patrol in the area when they received certain information.
Harvey said that the police went to the scene and after seeing the patrol, Allicock started to run. He was pursued by the ranks and was later arrested.
Harvey stated that a search was carried out on Allicock, and the ammunition and firearm were discovered strapped to his pants waist.
The prosecutor said that Allicock was cautioned by the ranks and was later charged with the present offenses.
The prosecutor made the application for bail to be refused. He explained that new Act that governs firearm and ammunition does not stipulate for bail to be granted unless special reasons are proffered by the defence.
When asked by the Magistrate if he had anything to say, Allicock would only say that he was waiting for his lawyer. Attorney at law, Hubert Rodney, appeared minutes after the Magistrate had remanded him.
The Magistrate nevertheless allowed him to make a bail application. He told the court that his client was the father of three minor children.
The lawyer further told the court that his client is gainfully employed as a clothes vendor.
He noted that the ammunition and gun were not found in his client’s possession and to date, he noted the police couldn’t provide substantial evidence to show that the items were found on Allicock.
He said that during the raid, several persons were arrested but unfortunately, his client was the one to be charged for the possession of the articles.
Despite the lawyer’s quest for bail, the Magistrate stated that there was not sufficient evidence forcing her to grant bail. The matter will continue on Thursday for report and fixture.
Police conduct raids in Albouystown
Around mid-morning yesterday heavily armed ranks of the Guyana Police Force conducted raids at several locations in Albouystown.
During one of the raids at least six men were arrested. This newspaper was told that the men were arrested after they were found with small quantities of marijuana.
Reports are that this exercise is all a part of the police probe into the recent execution style killings. The police had, in a statement, noted that they will be stepping up their operation in and around the city.
Albouystown man found dead on pavement
Residents of Albouystown made a shocking discovery on Sunday morning after one of their residents was found lying dead on a pavement.
Shawn Wilkinson 39, of Lot 63 Hunter Street Albouystown, was found with blood oozing from his nose and ears by neigbhours.
After the discovery relatives rushed the man to the Georgetown Hospital where doctors pronounced him dead on arrival.
When Kaieteur News visited Wilkinson’s home yesterday a number of relatives had gathered there to give their sympathies to his mother, Louisa Wilkinson.
According to the woman, she had last seen her son at around 03:05 hrs on Sunday talking to a friend.
“I hear he coming in the yard making plenty noise…..and I wake up and I told him he always waking me up whenever I sleeping…” she explained.
The woman said her son came into the house and she went back to bed.
Approximately two hours later, a neighbour shouted to her, that her son was lying on the pavement bleeding.
Kaieteur News understands that the police found pools of blood in the victim’s yard, leading to where the body was discovered.
Mrs. Wilkinson disclosed that her son had been suffering from tuberculosis and was receiving treatment from the Georgetown Public Hospital.
According to the woman, up to Friday medical field workers had brought Wilkinson’s TB treatment for him.
Meanwhile a senior police official told this newspaper that Wilkinson’s death was not being treated as a murder, since his body bore no visible marks of violence.
However the police are still waiting for a post mortem report, which is expected to be carried out on Wednesday.
Wilkinson leaves to mourn a son, his mother, six brothers, three sisters and countless other relatives.
New charges for Albouystown murder suspects
Director of Public Prosecutions, Shalimar Ali-Hack, has reinstituted new murder charges against two persons accused of killing Wendell Tappin.
Initially charged with the murder were Leonard Allicock, his son Steve Allicock, and his brother Randolph Allicock.
Randolph Allicock, 35, of James Street, Albouystown, and Leonard Allicock, 48, also of James Street, were not required to plead to the indictable offence of murder, when the charge was read by Acting Chief Magistrate Melissa Robertson yesterday. It was alleged that on December 31, they killed Wendell Tappin.
Prosecutor Stephen Telford told the court that the DPP has withdrawn the charge against Steve Allicock, and reinstituted the new charge against the other men.
He asked for the matter to be reassigned to Court Three for the commencement of the preliminary inquiry. The matter was adjourned until June 23.
The two men are being represented by attorney at law Euclin Gomes.
Wendell Tappin, of 88 James Street, Albouystown, was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital on December 31, where he was pronounced dead following an altercation in Albouystown where he was stabbed and chopped about the body.
The man was allegedly was killed during an altercation over a cell phone battery.
‘Two Feet’ shoots ‘Sugar’-less Albouystown to big win
By Edison Jefford
Albouystown wanted to prove that they can win without ‘Dwayne ‘Sugar’ Roberts, and it took a huge miracle shot from just beyond the half-court mark with 1.6 seconds left in the game to significantly reduce ‘Sugar’s’ importance.
After Steve Neils Jr. tied the game with one of two free throws on the northern end, it did not look favourable for Albouystown heading to overtime. Kevin ‘Two Feet’ Joseph used his experience to maximise a second and six splits.
The pint-sized guest point guard out of Linden raced down the western line and launched his name into the record book after an open look. The big shot burst the bottom of the net and the entire Cliff Anderson Sports Hall erupted with amusement.
The buzzer-beating shot that was worth three points transformed the 58-58 score after the free shot from Neils to 61-58 in favour of Albouystown. It was sweet but yet ‘Sugar’-less reprisal for the Albouystown team on various levels.
Akeem ‘The Dream’ Kanhai scored 14 points and Rodwell ‘Kobe’ Fortune, Nicko Fraser and Alwyn Bellamy had 10 points apiece for Albouystown. Neils scored 16 points while Quincy Jones added nine points for the Celebrities.
‘Sugar’ had opted out of the last game against the tournament Celebrities-a team that was made up of all the outstanding players in the competition. His absence significantly made winning an impossibility in the biggest game of the event.
The forward from Linden, who, could be said, was responsible for building Albouystown’s team into the championship unit that it is, was snubbed for the tournament MVP that was handed to team-mate, Fortune instead.
Roberts was instrumental in getting both ‘Two Feet’ and ‘The Dream’ to join Albouystown for the Mackeson National Super Ward Championship, which proved a perfect combination for the event’s inaugural instalment.
He had also led Albouystown to five consecutive semi-finals of Georgetown’s Inter-ward Championship and based on reports that his team’s management had an input in the MVP decision, ‘Sugar’s’ opinion was that he is not necessary.
‘Sugar’s’ reaction was opting to not play the final game with his team, leaving a huge gap on both the offensive and defensive ends. However, from early indications in the game, it was clear that Albouystown wanted to win without him.
And so it came down to proving a point. First, Albouystown wanted to prove that ‘Sugar’ is not bigger than them by winning without him, and secondly, they wanted to remain the side to beat by going unbeaten even against an All-Star team.
It was well scripted. Albouystown started their campaign aggressively with Bellamy and Fraser obviously taking up the slack of Roberts in the forward positions. They did an excellent job in the opening quarter on defence.
While they were busy protecting the inside on one end, Fortune, Kanhai and Joseph were tormenting the Celebrities on offence. Albouystown looked the superior team that took an unprecedented seven wins on their road to the championship.
They closed the first quarter of the game 16-10, which they extended to 29-26 by the end of the second period even though the Celebrities had started to show the chemistry, which was clearly absent from the first period of the game.
The Celebrities had outscored Albouystown 16-13 in the second period and it was just an ideal statistic to motivate the tournament composition of outstanding players, who handed down a heavy blitz in the penultimate period with Neils firing.
The shooting guard landed back-to-back three-point jumpers with authority, jogging back with his hands still hoisted in the air and cocked like a rattle snake. It was the ‘Showtime’ game and I guess the time for showboating came too soon.
The Celebrities ended the third period ahead 51-39, and it looked as if a blow-out was the likely outcome for Albouystown as they were outscored 25 points to 10 in the period. But the last 10 minutes proved that the game was far from over.
Albouystown played a gruelling five minutes of smothering defence which forced second attempts and gave them offensive runs. The highlight was an up-and-under finish from an ever-improving Kanhai, which narrowed the margin of difference.
As the offensive and defensive battles continued Albouystown took a 58-57 points lead in nine seconds left in regulation, but placed Neils on the line. Neils’ one of two shots took the game to a new level briefly as fouls went back and fourth.
The Celebrities grinded down the nine seconds on their half, and left 1.6 for Albouystown to convert fading hope to triumph. The ball was tossed to ‘Two Feet’, a lethal sharp shooter, who made no mistake after his first clear look.
The half-court buzzer beater started the celebrations that continued on the tarmac of Cliff Anderson Sports Hall. Joseph will remember the hoist for all his life. It is his biggest shot to-date in his basketball career that spans both Guyana and Antigua.
Record turnout as young boxers entertain Albouystown community
Residents of Albouystown were treated to an all day boxing card when the management of Forgotten Youth Foundation (FYF) in collaboration the Guyana Amateur Boxing Association (GABA) staged a boxing card that consisted of boxers from gyms countrywide.
A record total of 78 boxers crowded the Andrew ‘Sixhead’ Lewis boxing gym all geared up for the fistic encounters but sadly, 10 of these boxers were unable to don gloves because of the volume of fights.
The huge crowd that turned up at the venue enjoyed every bout but the space constraint prevented all of the patrons from getting a clear view and many were left outside of the crammed building. Gyms from as far as Essequibo to Berbice competed in the tournament that also attracted participation from the Timerhi Boxing Gym.
President of the GABA, Steve Ninvalle was especially heartened by the responses and commended the organizers, Sebert Blake and Wensel Thomas for their dedication and commitment towards the success of the venture.
Delivering brief remarks before the action got underway Ninvalle said that the future looks bright for amateur boxing. “We are fortunate to witness a sneak preview of what is in store for boxing fans a few months down the line,” Ninvalle exhorted. The GABA President adumbrated that the overwhelming response of the public endorses the belief of his executives that there is a wealth of boxing talent waiting to be unearthed. “And we intend to nurture this talent to the hilt,” he concluded.
Mr. Ninvalle was also appreciative of the assistance received from some members of the corporate community and singled out businessman, Kerwin Chase who, despite the late request acquiesced to the provision of refreshment for all of the participants.
The following gyms participated in the tournament, Forgotten Youth Foundation (FYF), Harpy Eagles (HE), Essequibo Boxing Gym (ESQ) Timerhi Warriors (TW) Ricola) (Ric), Young Achievers (YA), Rose Hall Jammers (RHJ), and New Amsterdam (NA).
Meanwhile, the winners of the respective bouts are in the U-15 category is: Darrell Quallis over Christopher Timmerman, Kevin Allicock (HE) over his gym mate, Kert Allicock and Christopher Mansfield over Jeremiah Scott (FYF).
Odemi Moore then defeated Kris Ragnauth (FYF) shortly before Andel Moore defeated Malcolm Spencer (FYF). Shaka Moore got the better of Akeem Hackett (FYF) while Hansel Cole triumphed over Steffon Costello. Mark Johnson (FYF) lost to Dwayne Peters and Eon Barker defeated Ezekiel Accra.
Joel Williamson was better than Anthony Maraj while Ronel Rowley lost to Seon Griffith (FYF). Eon Layne defeated Andrew Webber, Dwain Lampkin (FYF) won from O’Neil Moses; Shaquille October defeated Corbin Hopper (FYF). Nagel Thomas won from Corwin Lambert; Troy Armstrong (FYF) defeated Daniel Hope.
Other results are, Dwayne Young prevailed over Gelroy Fraser shortly before Michael April won from Usher Crawford. Terrence Bastiani defeated Adavell LaRose and Nicholas Datt prevailed over Jamal Dodson.
Kevin Williams lost to Keith Bobsemple while Damion Johnson (FYF) defeated David Andrew. David Moore defeated Joel Blair; Stephon Joseph (FYF) defeated Mark Flavious (Ric).
Keron Griffith was too good for Javad Richards and Montezuma Bovell disposed of Kevin Roberts. Travis Fraser was successful against Nicholas Narine while Oswald Simpson won from Jamal Morris (FYF). In a female bout, Rena Davis out pointed Carol-Ann Bess.
In the junior category Dannel Trapp defeated Shawn Bobb while Ron Collins prevailed over Ishmael McLennon. Junior Bowen (HE) lost to Devon Evans (GDF) while Richard Williamson (PR) won from Terrence Adams (HE).
The next episode of this initiative would be staged in Berbice sometime next month.
Albouystown can beat any team in Guyana
– says Roberts, Celebrities not intimidating
By Edison Jefford
Albouystown Captain and leading scorer, Dwayne ‘Sugar’ Roberts believes that his team is capable of beating any composition and as such, he said that the tournament Celebrities is not intimidating enough for them to have any concerns.
Albouystown/Charlestown swept Central Mackenzie last Sunday to win the first National Super Ward Basketball Championships, and will play a composition of the best players to have emerged in the tournament, the Celebrities, Saturday night.
“We are capable of beating any team this country puts together. We have guys that can be among the best here with ease. I got a slight peep at the (Celebrities’) team and from what I gather it’s a good team,” Roberts told Kaieteur Sport yesterday.
He was adamant that Albouystown “has arguably one of the best guards in the country in ‘Two Feet (Kevin Joseph); one of the best small scorers with Kobe (Rodwell Fortune) and the future of local basketball with The Dream (Akeem Khanai)”.
In addition, Roberts said that he has two guys, Travis ‘Cook-up’ Foster and Nicko Fraser, who have been “playing the centre positions like they own it”. Based on those players, he said it does not matter who opposes them, they will win.
“Like I have said before, we are now peaking as a team. I don’t think we are there yet but we will get there. Hopefully that’s against the Celebrities. Together we are gelling and we are getting better. Central Mackenzie just got a taste,” Roberts boasted.
The national forward made it clear that it seem as though the composers of the Celebrities have put together an offensive team while his camp has been “preaching” the importance of defence throughout the nation-wide competition.
“They (Celebrities) have length but we will counter that with speed as we had done right through the tournament. Our aim is to prove that we are the best ward in Guyana,” he told this newspaper ahead of their biggest game of the tournament.
“(Trevor) Rose talked about making this a professional League where players will be able to benefit financially and so on, so we want to prove to Guyana that we are the first, and only professional team put together so far,” Roberts continued.
President of the Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association (GABA), Trevor Rose had said at the launch of the competition that the idea is to make the National Super Ward an annual feature and League where players will be paid to play.
The inaugural mega event will climax Saturday night following its biggest game and the presentation ceremony that will be held at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall. The festivities of the tournament will be held after on the venue’s tarmac.
Albouystown sweep Central Mackenzie
- win elusive basketball Championship
Central Mackenzie grinded in the first half to remain in contention, but when the vibes of the ghetto started to pound the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall in the second half, a Cinderella Story ended in a blow-out that produced a clean sweep.
Albouystown/Charlestown, who branded themselves ‘The Pride of the Ghetto’, made one mistake; they really had no broom, but it was clear that a possible Game 3 was never on their minds in the National Super Ward Basketball Final.
It was the end of the road for the Linden-based Central Mackenzie – a composition that had defeated strong North Ruimveldt and Wortmanville teams on a Cinderella run to the Final, and one that nearly pulled off a stunning win in Game 1.
The chances Central Mackenzie got in Game 1 Saturday night did not surface in Game 2 of the best-of-three Final Sunday night as Albouystown thrashed them 82-62 to seal the deal and cash in on the half of a million dollar first place prize.
Mackenzie’s Marvin Hartman must be groaning at the outcome after he missed those two crunch-time free throws with eight seconds left in the first game, which would have given his team a one-point edge that could have produced a win.
Hartman’s jitters cost his team $250,000, which is what Central Mackenzie will collect for placing second in the tournament. Albouystown, on the other hand, have moved from the shadows of the Georgetown Inter-Ward to the national spotlight.
Dwayne ‘Sugar’ Roberts got them there with 25 points and 12 rebounds Sunday night; he had four other players from a strong supporting cast in double figures. Roberts had scored 20 points and taken nine rebounds the night before.
Travis ‘Cook-Up’ Foster scored 15 points and took eight rebounds; Akeem ‘The Dream’ Kanhai finished with 13 points and six rebounds; Rodwell ‘Kobe’ Fortune had 12 points and four rebounds and Kevin Joseph 10 points for Albouystown.
They combined to dismantle Central Mackenzie, who only had Steve Neils Jr. in double figures with 22 points. Jason Alonzo had nine points and 12 rebounds while Hartman had another inconsistent night with eight points and six rebounds.
The first half of the game was well balanced on the offence end with Neils pouring jump shots from all angles and Lawrence DeCosta getting the occasional put back, which was a main reason why the first quarter was tied at 17 points at the end.
The offensive exchanges continued in the second period with Fortune attempting to cease the scoring of Neils with excellent defence. Neils was forced to play a high-post game for the sake of Fortune’s quick hands. He kept Mackenzie in the hunt.
However, it was clear that Roberts was bringing his ‘A’ game, which climaxed in the first half with a baseline buzzer-beater that created frenzy at the Sports Hall. The pop-fake and jumper thrilled those present at the indoor arena.
Once Roberts found that range, it was hard to guard him as he exploited anyone Central Mackenzie threw at him on defence. His performance was purely leadership, he wanted the ball and he attacked the middle.
His energy hauled Kanhai and all the other offensive players along for the onslaught that was unleashed in the second half.
Central Mackenzie was in the game until the end of the third quarter when they went down by seven, 57-50. However, the tide obviously turned when Neils visible expressed his frustration over a rebound Fortune had taken.
The guard/forward climbed over DeCosta, Alonzo and Hartman to snatch a big rebound that he also finished in the last quarter. Neils stopped, placed his hands on his waist and looked at the trio in understandable disappoint.
Neils was obviously peeved that no one blocked out the pint-sized Fortune. Yesterday he told Kaieteur Sport that their spirits were obviously broken and if he had gotten a spirited effort from the rest of his team, they would have done better.
“I figure that game one was a game we should have won, so when we did not win most of the guys’ spirits were broken in game 2 and we just gave up. If we had played with a little more spirit, I think we could have done better,” Neils said.
“I don’t mind losing but if some of the guys had played with that same spirit they had in the first game, we could’ve lost knowing that we fought, but we just gave up and stopped playing,” Neils continued.
Asked about his reaction over the rebound Fortune took, he said: “at no time a little guard is supposed to penetrate and a get a rebound over your big men”. Neils is expected to be a leading candidate for the All-Star team for this weekend.
All was not lost for Linden Sunday night, however. Christianburg stunned North Ruimveldt 76-74 in the third and fourth place playoffs, which meant that they will collect $150,000 while North gets $75,000 for fourth.
Dwight Cooper came up big for Christianburg with 21 points and six rebounds as Quincy Jones added 16 points and Trevor Profitt 10 points. What was remarkable was that they won without the services of national centre, Nkossi Gurrick.
Ryan Stephanie scored 22 points and seven rebounds while Darcel Harris had 15 points and Ryan Gullen 14 points and eight rebounds. North, the current Georgetown Inter-Ward Champs, would be disappointed with that performance.
The curtains will officially come down on the tournament this weekend when the Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association host the award ceremony where Albouystown will take on the tournament’s All-Stars.
ALBOUYSTOWN CARRY GEORGETOWN’S HOPE TONIGHT
By Edison Jefford
Hundreds of basketball enthusiasts in Georgetown are expected to turn out to the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall tonight to support the only City team that has a chance of reaching the Mackeson Super Ward Basketball Championship Final.
After North Ruimveldt’s surprise exit Sunday night when Linden’s Central Mackenzie defeated them in the first semi-final, Georgetown’s hope of having a team in the Final of the mega tournament now rest squarely on Albouystown/Charlestown.
Obviously the most dominant team in the inaugural nation-wide competition, the unbeaten Albouystown will face the other Linden team in the tournament, Christianburg-a team that is also unbeaten and cannot be underestimated.
An all-Georgetown final is out of the question with Central Mackenzie already through, but it is definitely too early to rule out an all-Linden final, which would mean that Linden will get the right to host the event at the Mackenzie Court.
However, that is maybe thinking aloud or farfetched. The game is still to be played where many factors that will be considered here will decide the outcome. What is certain is that a chance to play for $500,000 will motivate Christianburg.
But more than that, the team that largely comprise players from the current national champions, Wismar Pistons, and is based on the western half of the Demerara River in Linden, would want to be taken seriously in the game.
As a result, national centre, Nkossi Gurrick, who has certainly refined his game to include a lethal 15-foot jumper and smooth post moves, will look to dominate inside in an attempt to give his team all the chances they can get.
Gurrick has tons of experience and only recently returned from playing ‘ball’ in Trinidad and Tobago. He should be one of the biggest deciding factors tonight coupled with some of Linden’s best senior players as his supporting cast.
Quincy Jones, the leading garbage player in Guyana, who gets the points no one gets and the rebounds others ignore, is a definite problem for Albouystown. He will ‘play his heart out’ for Christianburg, which could give his team the edge.
Once Jones gets going, he will pull Trevor Profitt along. Christianburg’s problem is the depth of their bench, especially in the guard positions. They are fairly strong in the centre and forward positions with those players mentioned earlier.
But Nevin Grenville, the ball handler and distributer, will struggle under the defensive pressure of Trevor McCleod, Rodwell Fortune, Kevin Joseph and Akeem Kanhai, who’re all quality guards featuring for the Albouystown line-up.
Christianburg has to figure out what they will do on the front court because if ball distribution is stymied then Albouystown will get the defensive edge and as is basketball parlance-defence always win games as opposed to offence.
However, Albouystown also has their worry with Gurrick, but one of the things they are expected to do is use ‘big man’ Holisworth Casey to block out Gurrick using his body to much effect against the 6’5” national true centre.
With Gurrick taken care of on defence and a big default in the guard position, the Christianburg unit seem shaky. Those are areas that Albouystown’s Dwayne Roberts and Alwyn Bellamy will exploit effectively to pull off a win.
The bottom line is that Christianburg has the quality, which is why they are in the Final Four but they just falls short on the depth, meaning they have six players that have most of the work to do while Albouystown can easily rotate about ten.
For those reasons, Albouystown will enter tonight’s game as the favourites, knowing that the Garden City has high expectations of them. It is not a hope that they will easily toss to the gallows. Albouystown want to win this championship.
Albouystown in the money
By Edison Jefford
Albouystown/Charlestown joined fellow frontrunners, North Ruimveldt as the only teams that are so far through to the Final Four of the Mackeson National Super Ward Basketball Championship after a comfortable win Sunday night.
Kevin ‘Two Feet’ Joseph had a good all-round performance to place Albouystown among the money with a 70-59 points’ win against South Ruimveldt, which was their third in the tournament and which stretched their unbeaten record.
All four teams in the Final Four are set to receive prize monies with the winner taking home $500,000; second place $250,000; third place $150,000 and fourth place $75,000 in the lucrative National Super Ward Championships.
Joseph had 15 points but his front court game proved too superior for South’s defence as the diminutive point guard out of Linden, who guest appears for Albouystown, easily created, set-up and ‘dished’ countless passes to the forwards.
Dwayne ‘Sugar’ Roberts was on the receiving end of Joseph’s assists for 12 points while Rodwell ‘Kobe’ Fortune had 11 points. Travis ‘Cook-Up’ Foster also got in offensively with 10 points, which he completed with seven rebounds.
Enoch Mathews scored 23 points; Gavin Beeram added 18 points and Fabian Johnson 12 points for South, which moved them to win and a loss in Group ‘B’. South must win all their remaining games to have a chance of reaching the Final Four.
Albouystown took command of the game in the first quarter with Alwyn Bellamy outside the three-point perimeter, Kanhai on the opposite end, Joseph up top, ‘Sugar’ and ‘Cook-Up’ at the bottom on a decent offensive combination.
Joseph delivered a few pin-point passes in the paint as South struggled defensively to go down 36-25 at half time. The highlight of the first half was a classic ‘no-look’ pass that Joseph mailed to Kanhai, which proved too ‘rich’ to finish.
The pass had enthusiasts at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall on their feet as it would have easily been the best assist of the tournament so far. However, an intense defensive third period brought South Ruimveldt back into contention.
While Johnson and Mortimer Williams struggled offensively for South with lots of unfinished easy attempts, their defensive work in the paint and ‘crashing’ the board at the other end, got South back in the game with a 41-45 points deficit.
It was game on at that time, but the hopes of a real challenge soon dwindled as South got back into their early defensive lapse to help Albouystown easily maintain a five-point 50-45 lead at the end of the penultimate period.
Albouystown then went on an intense offensive run in the fourth quarter that completely obliterated South. Fortune, Joseph and Kanhai used their quickness to work on the tiring legs of South’s offence, which worked to perfection.
Kanhai completed the emphatic victory with a ‘no-look dish’ from the baseline under the net to Joseph at the top of the key for a huge three-point jumper.
The pass pierced every defender from South, whom simply did not see it coming.
Wortmanville secured its first win of the tournament when they defeated East Bank 91-80 in overtime after the scores were levelled 67-67 after regulation time. Wortmanville was also kept to 40-40 deadlock at halftime.
Travis Burnette turned up big with 23 points, Naylon Loncke scored 20 points, Devon Cameron 12 points and Clement Brusche had 10 points for Wortmanville as their offence finally gave them what they lacked in their two previous defeats.
East Bank also had four players in double figures with Quacy Roberts scoring 25 points, Trevor Smith 18 points, Mark Richards 12 points and Desmond Chin 10 points in the third loss for the East Bank side.
Albouystown too good for Wortmanville
By Edison Jefford
Wortmanville/Werk-en-Rust did all that they could have done to secure a win against one of the strongest teams in the Mackeson National Super Ward Basketball Championship, but in the end, Albouystown/Charlestown was just too good.
Wortmanville’s forward, Clement Brusche must have a profound sense of disappointment after forcing an unnecessary technical foul that allowed Albouystown back in the game to tie it up at 62 in regular time then win it 80-66 in overtime.
Rodwell ‘Kobe’ Fortune scored 21 points in the win for Albouystown while Akeem ‘The Dream’ Kanhai ended with 20 points and three steals. Dwayne ‘Sugar’ Roberts added 14 points and 10 rebounds and Nicko Fraser had 12 points.
For Wortmanville, Travis Burnett had 12 points and Naylon Loncke 10 points as the five-time Georgetown Inter-Ward finalists slipped to its second consecutive Group ‘B’ defeat, which damped and overshadowed their Final Four hopes.
Wortmanville was within sight of pulling off a stunning victory after two dominant plays from their centres Kurt Elias and Vivian Alder put them up 50-40 at the end of the second to last period before a dramatic
10 minutes of basketball.
Within the first minute of the final quarter of regulation time, Wortmanville continued the offensive run they started in the third when Triston Lake helped them to a 14-point 54-40 lead that Fraser and Fortune went to work on.
Wortmanville’s offence then imploded after guard, Burnett made a few turnovers that the deep Albouystown unit capitalised on at the offensive end of the court.
The run placed an All-Star Albouystown team within eight points of the lead.
Ball possession and use of the clock would have perhaps easily handed Wortmanville the win, but Brusche, with all his experience gathered from years playing at the division one level, had other thoughts that landed him a technical foul. Kevin ‘Two Feet’ Joseph made all four crunch-time free-throws to help his team to a 60-54 points’ deficit that ignited the fans on the western half of the Sports Hall as a 14-point lead was now four points with two minutes left in regulation time.
The game that always had the makings of a classic, lived up to expectation when Fortune completed two free-throws and Roberts made a steal, which he tossed to Fraser for a lay-up that tied the game at 60 before Kanhai gave Albouystown the lead.
However, Elias nailed two free-throws to send the game into overtime as Wortmanville’s early momentum was officially gone. The five minutes of overtime proved that fact with a hapless Wortmanville merely adding four points to its regular time score.
Roberts, Fraser and Kanhai conspired for four consecutive fast-break plays to initiate an 18-point run for the team that devastated Wortmanville. Loncke’s eight three-point attempts in overtime all failed to reach its target. Albouystown had led 17-13 at the end of the first quarter and 32-31 at halftime. The team will face South Ruimveldt in the feature game Sunday night after Wortmanville challenge East Bank for its first win of the National Super Ward.
East Coast had its first win in Group ‘A’ earlier Thursday night when they defeated New Amsterdam 72-62 with Quacy Newton scoring 20 points and Stephon Gillis and Courtney English adding 13 points each. Shen Scotland scored 17 for New Amsterdam and Randy Caesar finished with 17 points.
The championship continues tonight with a triple header. North will take on New Amsterdam in the first game while Christianburg play Kitty/Campbellville in the second game and Central Mackenzie take on East Bank in the feature game.
Tiger Bay beat Albouystown 1-0 to win Digicel Street football final
Tiger Bay kicked off the start of Digicel’s FIFA World Cup promotional campaign with a thrilling 1-0 win over arch rivals Albouystown in the final of the Street Football Competition which was held at the Burnham Basketball Court on Saturday evening.
Keoma Gravesande was the man leading Tiger Bay to the top cash prize and trophy. Members of the winning team also received a FIFA World Cup bag and tee shirt.
Goals were hard to come by throughout the competition which attracted teams from Kingston, Lacytown, Alberttown, West Ruimveldt, Lodge and Campbellville.
Tiger Bay booked their place in the final after getting past Lacytown on penalty kicks while Albouystown needled Kingston. Members of the other teams were also recipients of FIFA World Cup giveaways.
Digicel CEO Gregory Dean who was on hand to witness the exciting final and group games, said he was pleased to see game that were played at a very high standard noting that the players are very skillful.
Dean congratulated the winning team and all the others who participated in the competition.
Albouystown state of affairs
I want to support the letter on Monday 8th February, by Jason Abdulla titled: “A few police ranks in Albouystown…” though this situation is true and reprehensible it is as a consequence of the lack of governance and absence of any moral character in the very PPP Government that Mr. Abdulla and his family have sold themselves to as functional lackeys.
The police contend that the ganja sellers of any underprivileged area are open game to supplement their inadequate salaries.
That this is wrong is not in question here, however who in the Guyana Police Force (GPF) are these constables to use as examples to implement proper police procedures, who is not linked to some slippery businessman or have not been accused of benefiting from drug dealers?
For the same economic reasons as the young, some semi literate ranks, who fill the body requirements of the GPF.
The police patrols through Albouystown jostle each other for extortion space; it is indeed sickening, but so is the hundreds of junkies flowing in and out of the area; the hopelessness that presides in the heavily unemployed youth of the predominantly Afro Guyanese South Georgetown district contribute to this problem; these problems are interlinked and deepening; the patrols will ease for a while but the general overwhelming circumstances remain the same and like crows to carrion they will return.
Bulletin issued for Albouystown murder suspect
The Guyana Police Force has issued a bulletin for Steve Allicock, who is wanted in connection with the murder of Wendell Tappin called ‘Teiko’, which occurred on December 31, 2009, at Hill Street, Albouystown.
Tappin was attacked and stabbed to death by a group of men. Two persons have already been charged for his murder but investigators are convinced that Steve Allicock is also a prime suspect.
Allicock is of mixed race, thinly built and his last known address is Lot 33 James Street Albouystown.
Anyone with information that may lead to the arrest of Steve Allicock is asked to contact the police on telephone numbers 225-6411, 225-2700, 226-2917, 225-2227, 226-7065, 225-6941, 911 or the nearest police station.
All information will be treated with strict confidence.
Third Albouystown murder accused still in hiding
One of the three persons charged with the Old Year’s Day murder of Wendell Tappin, of Albouystown, continues to avoid capture by the police.
Last week, Acting Chief Magistrate Melissa Robertson remanded two brothers, Randolph Allicock, 35, and Leonard Allicock, 47, both of James Street, Albouystown, when they appeared to answer the charge of murder.
The third accused, Steve Allicock, is yet to be arrested by police and his whereabouts are still unknown.
According to reports reaching this newspaper, Steve Allicock has been seen in Albouystown on many occasions after the murder.
Residents are of the opinion that the police are reluctant to arrest him.
One resident told Kaieteur News that the suspect stays in a certain house in Albouystown, and if the police are serious about capturing him they could make an arrest.
It was further said that one of the eyewitnesses to the murder is constantly being threatened and has expressed fear for his life.
Other residents are also fearful because the feud between the Allicock and Tappin families could erupt into extreme violence, as there is tension in the area since the murder of Wendell Tappin.
Three charged for Albouystown murder
Acting Chief Magistrate Melissa Robertson yesterday remanded two of the three men charged with the murder of an Albouystown resident. The other was absent since he has not yet been arrested by the police due to his unknown whereabouts.
The brothers Randolph Allicock, 35, of 25 James Street, Albouystown, and Leonard Allicock, 47, of 33 James Street, Albouystown, appeared to answer the charge of murder.
Steve Allicock, 28, another accused in the matter, and the son of Leonard Allicock, was absent.
It is alleged that on December 31, last, at Albouystown, they murdered Wendell Tappin. Both Leonard and Randolph Allicock were represented by attorney-at-law Euclin Gomes and were not required to plead to the indictable charge.
Gomes applied for an early date for the start of the preliminary inquiry against his clients and said that he hopes the absence of Steve Allicock does not affect the inquiry.
Police Prosecutor Stephen Telford requested that an arrest warrant be issued for the absent accused. He assured that the absence of the missing Steve Allicock would not affect the progress of the PI since the file is completed.
The Acting Chief Magistrate then remanded the two and issued the arrest warrant for Steve Allicock. They are expected to return to court on January 27.
Cellular phone battery may have led to Albouystown man’s death
The relatives of 23-year-old, Wendell Tappin, who was mercilessly chopped and stabbed to death in the streets of Albouystown, said his killers are heartless. There was no need for such drastic action, they said.
The dead man’s mother, Sylvia Kisshore, said that the entire incident stemmed from her son inquiring from one of his attackers about his own phone battery.
According to Kisshore, her son left his cellular phone with a friend to have it recharged. Upon inquiring about his phone, Kisshore said that her son was told that another person had the instrument.
“So when he went to this boy (Tappin’s attacker) who give him back the phone with no battery inside. So he ask the boy for his phone battery and like that spark the story,” the grieving woman said.
The woman said that on the day in question she was at home when a little boy from the area called out to her telling her, “Come see some people chopping up you son.”
The woman said that she immediately ran out to the road where she noticed four identifiable men and a woman with cutlass and knives hacking away at her son who was unarmed and bleeding.
By that time she said other relatives heard what was transpiring and also ventured out onto the road only to find her son’s attackers fleeing the area, leaving her son motionless and bleeding in the streets.
The woman said that with the assistance of others she placed her son, who at that time appeared dead, into a taxi and rushed him to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
The woman said that her son’s body bore several chop and stab wounds and there was a gaping wound in the region of his heart.
This newspaper has been told that three brothers and an uncle have been taken into police custody as the police are looking for the lone female who was reportedly involved.
Sources say that the woman has since gone into hiding. She is also said to be the wife of one of the men in custody.
Meanwhile, the family said they feel justice will be served as the police have been very co-operative in the matter and have been working on all leads they have since provided.
Tapping, 23, of 88 James Street, Albouystown, was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead, Thursday.
According to his father, Dan Tappin, Wendell was cornered by a group of persons and was severely chopped and stabbed about the body on Hill Street, Albouystown and left to bleed to death.
The relatives said they are now left to deal with constant threats from the family of the attackers.
Murder rocks Albouystown
Wendell Tapping, 23, of 88 James Street, Albouystown was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead, yesterday.
According to his father, Dan Tapping, Wendell was cornered by a group of persons and was severely chopped and stabbed about the body on Hill Street, Albouystown and left to bleed to death.
“The Allicock family is responsible for my son’s death,” declared the father.
According to a resident, the group members among them a woman, who all participated in killing Wendell, lives in Albouystown.
According to sources three persons are in custody at Ruimveldt Police Station pending further investigation.
Albouystown resident successfully challenges bestiality charges
The case involving Jagesh Roopnauth, a 55-year-old security guard who was kept in prison for more than four months for allegedly having sexual intercourse with a dog has been dismissed.
The case was dismissed after a veterinarian found that the dog was not in fact sodomised.
It was also alleged that on July 18, last Jagesh Roopnauth of 131 King Edward Street, Albouystown assaulted police officer, Gregory Hasting. Roopnauth also denied the allegation.
Responding at the time to the charges Roopnauth said that he was framed. He said that he was under constant attack by the police officer whom it is claimed he assaulted.
He said they both reside in the same yard and the policeman would often complain that a dog owned by the accused disturbed his family.
He said on the night of the incident a heated argument erupted between the two over noise made by the dogs and the policeman stormed out of the yard.
Roopchand claimed not long after, he was having dinner when he was suddenly interrupted by two policemen who dragged him from his home, put what appeared to be a gun to his side and took him to the Brickdam Police Station.
The security guard said the policeman had always tormented him and would threaten to have him imprisoned on every occasion.
As stated by the Prosecution when the police officer investigated, he was told by the woman that his daughter had discovered the security guard, naked with an erect penis in the act of penetrating the dog which was whimpering in either sensual bliss or ‘animal agony’.
None was prosecuted for malicious prosecution.
Albouystown man released, grilled about whereabouts of ‘General’
Police have released 22-year-old Albouystown resident, Muammar Jabbar, whom they were questioning in connection with the recent ‘terror’ attacks at two police stations and other public buildings.
Jabbar’s father said that police had asked his son about the whereabouts of someone named ‘General.’
He said that his son told the police that he did not know the individual.
‘General’ is the alias of 48-year-old Keith Ferrier of South Ruimveldt, one of the men that police are linking to domestic terrorism.
Ferrier was also charged for the firebombing of the Ministry of Health building in Brickdam. He was subsequently granted bail.
Mr. Jabbar confirmed that his son is a close friend of Charles Clarke, who along with six others, is wanted for arson, robbery and murder.
Clarke’s relatives insist that the man has been overseas for several months.
Police had reportedly told Jabbar’s father that they were investigating reports that his son was in touch with a fugitive and was also harbouring the individual. They had also checked the numbers in his son’s mobile phone.
Jabbar, a sailor, was taken into custody on Thursday while he was at his girlfriend’s home in Albouystown.
Albouystown mom pleads for assistance
A mother of four is seeking assistance after most of her belongings were destroyed while firefighters were attempting to put out a blaze at a neighbouring house.
The fire gutted a Lot 101 Hunter Street Albouystown property on October 31, while was next door to the house in which Hermina Khan and her four children live.
The water the firemen used was filled with silt, and in trying to contain the blaze, soaked the mattresses, clothing and other valuables in the house that Khan was renting from a sister.
Even her children’s schoolbooks were destroyed.
The woman explained that she is a single parent who provides for her family by selling flowers, nail polish and home-made beverages.
Three of her children attend school. The eldest is 12. The mother further said her youngest daughter, two-year-old Maria Ramroop, has an eye ailment, which she sustained after falling from her bed.
She is still receiving treatment at the GPHC.
“I am glad to get a piece of land to build something so me and my children can live.
“It is very hard on me because I try my best to save money. If anyone is willing to assist me in any way I would be thankful.”
Fire destroys Albouystown home
By Brushell Blackman
A fire of unknown origin has left fifteen persons of 101 Hunter Street, Albouystown homeless.
According to eyewitnesses, the fire started just before 18:00 hours last evening and flattened the modest structure in less than fifteen minutes. The residence which housed a number of families has been there for a number of years and was popular for a vulcanising shop that served that area and nearby communities.
According to Wycliff Hallen, a fish vendor, he had just exited his apartment, leaving his five children at home when he heard screams of ‘fire.’
“I going fuh collect some money from me wuk place when I hear a boy shouting fire”. The man said upon looking back he realised it was the building that he shared with his children that was on fire.
Remembering that he left his five children at home alone, Hallen said he hurried back and took them to safety, he was unable to save anything. The man was adamant that the fire did not start at his apartment but in fact, at an apartment shared by a woman and her five children.
Residents in the neighbourhood confirmed this and said that the woman is an alcoholic who is usually beaten by her eldest child. The woman and her family fled the scene soon after the blaze as angry residents sought her out for answers.
“Is by she the fire start. This woman does drink bad” one irate resident lamented.
A distraught Antonio Mantana shared an apartment in the building with his reputed wife and her daughter. The man said that it was only today that he returned from sea to check on his reputed wife who was feeling unwell.
The fisherman explained that while plying his trade on the high seas he was having strange dreams and asked his captain to go home for a short while.
“Is only today I come home.”
The man said that he just felt something bad would have happened but he did not envisage this (fire). The family was unable to save anything, save for a mattress and a grip with some of their earthly possessions.
The families were unsure where they would rest their heads for the night and according to them, with the break of day tomorrow (today) moving forward will be a tedious task. The fire service and the police responded promptly even as nearby residents scampered to remove items from their homes fearing that the inferno would have spread.
Many persons openly commended the efforts of the fire service as the fire was contained to that structure only. “They (fire service) meet here fast and they out this fire quick too,” one curious onlooker lamented.
There has been an increase in fires around the city recently. It was just two weeks ago that two fires on Regent Street destroyed a number of business establishments leaving in their wake, millions of dollars in losses and many persons unemployed.
Brothers charged for Albouystown murder/assault
The two brothers who were involved in a heated fracas which ended in death, yesterday made their court appearances before Acting Chief Magistrate Melissa Robertson. The two men were charged with murder and assault causing actual bodily harm respectively.
Carl Bennett, 24, of 148 Cooper Street, Albouystown, was not required to plead to the indictable offence of murder. It was alleged that Bennett murdered Mervin Boston on October 24. He was represented by attorney at law Nigel Hughes in association with attorney at law Kenita Cumberbatch.
Hughes told the court that it was an unfortunate incident, noting that his client was attacked by a group of men even though he had his one-year-old child in his hand. He was remanded to prison and is expected to make his next court appearance on November 16.
His older brother, Cordell Bennett, was charged with assault causing actual bodily harm on Renee Williams.
It was alleged that Bennett injured Williams on October 24, last, while they were involved in a fracas.
Bennett, who pleaded guilty, told the court that on the day in questioned he was about to leave for work when his younger brother told him that he was threatened by Williams and his now dead cousin, Mervin Boston.
The young man told the magistrate that he went to Williams’s house to confront him. Bennett alleges that Williams, who was armed with two knives, became enraged and started to attack his brother. “Meh worship he attack my brother and I defended meh brother” Bennett explained.
After giving his version of the story the magistrate entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.
The prosecution had no objection to bail, but told the court that the entire incident stemmed from gang rivalry.
Cordell Bennett was placed on $25,000 bail and the magistrate transferred the matter to court two for November 16.
On Saturday last Mervin Boston, called “Jess”, was pronounced dead on arrival at the Georgetown Hospital after he was stabbed more than a dozen times allegedly by the two brothers.
His cousin Renee Williams was also injured in the brawl.
According to the dead man’s cousin, Sonia Williams, who had witnessed the ordeal, said that the entire incident stemmed from an earlier confrontation.
The woman said that a report was made at the Ruimveldt Police Station, but relatives were told that there was no vehicle.
They were told to return later in the day by the officers.
It was further alleged that the two brothers walked into Boston’s yard at King Edward Street and started to attack Williams and Boston.
The dead man leaves to mourn his two children and nine brothers and sisters.
Albouystown residents expressed disturbance
Some residents of Albouystown are peeved with what they call the routine jamboree every Friday night, themed “Dutty Friday”. They say that it is organised by “wayward residents.”
“There is vulgarity, lawlessness, outrageously loud music and children with impressionable minds are in the midst of these perversities” one resident of Albouystown said.
Other residents concluded that the gathering is held along Callendar Street and is of a great nuisance that goes on to the wee hours of the following day.
Residents spoke of their efforts to obtain help from the Ruimveldt Police Station.
“I think the police are intimidated of some of rogue elements who live in the area,” another resident said.
Kaieteur News contacted the Ruimveldt Police Station, where an officer noted that they are unaware of the situation.
Nevertheless, Albouystown residents hold to the fact tenaciously that they had briefed the police station of the problem on numerous occasions.
Albouystown man remanded for armed robbery
A resident of Albouystown was remanded to prison yesterday on two counts of robbery under arms in the Albouystown area.
Tony Ogle, 34, of Albouystown, Georgetown, and a father of two, was refused bail after appearing before Acting Chief Magistrate Melissa Robertson.
It is alleged on September 30 the accused, armed with a gun relieved Ethan Curtis of a quantity of gold and diamond valued at $800,000, some cash amounting to $900,000; a briefcase worth $10,000 and two cell phones worth $144,000.
It is also alleged that on the same day the accused, while armed with a gun robbed Shondelle Wilson, of a cell phone worth $30,000; a pair of gold earrings valued at $30,000 and some $9,300 in cash.
Attorney at law Patrice Henry represented ogle who is a beverage vendor in Albouystown. Henry told the court “my client was in custody since Saturday and was arrested at his residence along with several others on a raid conducted in the area by police”. He added, “my client was at home on the day in question and has his wife as an alibi”.
According to Curtis, who positively identified the accused said, “We were at home when the accused attacked me with a gun. Another one snatched the housekeeper and pushed us in the bedroom and told us that they want the jewelry and money, and them ran away and we raise the alarm.”
The prosecution objected to bail. According to prosecutor Krishnadat Ramana, “An investigation was carried out within the area of the incident; the accused was positively identified and was arrested by the police.”
The magistrate refused to grant bail and the accused is expected to return to court on October 20.