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.
Infant suffocates in Albouystown house
A two-month-old infant was pronounced dead on arrival at the Georgetown Public Hospital last night.
According to the child’s mother, Tracy Andrews, the child, Malika Mullen, was left on a bed while her mother went to a nearby restaurant to purchase food, around 21:30hrs.
The child was left in the care of her father, Morris Mullen, 48.
“She father come home and said that he was hungry so I left de baby sleeping on de bed and went to buy the food,” Andrews recalled.
The visibly distraught mother said that whilst she was walking up the road she heard a “junkie” calling her name.
“When I look around he seh something happen to your daughter because she father shouting and crying.”
The woman said that she quickly went back to her Lot 25 Hill Street, Albouystown home, and saw her daughter gasping for air. Her father was carrying her in his arms and crying.
She said that baby Malika was immediately rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where doctors delivered the grim news.
With tears streaming down her face, Andrews said that she was told by the father that he was about to go to the kitchen when he decided that he should check his daughter. He had been watching television.
The woman said that the father told her that he saw the child chocked against the wall and the shawl with which she had been covered across her face.
She said that Mullen quickly went to the child and picked her up. He saw her gasping for air.
“She father don’t even like holding them when them so small, because he does frighten” Andrews said.
Wendell Andrews, an uncle of the dead child, told this newspaper that he was awakened by his girlfriend and told that something was wrong at his house.
He said that after he arrived at the house he held his niece, and felt her heart beating.
“I hold she and thought I feel she heart beating, but I feel it was a vibration”.
The dead child leaves to mourn five brothers and sisters and her parents.
Amateur boxers delight Albouystown residents
Albouystown residents and other boxing buffs were treated to an exhibition of fistic fury when the third edition of the Inter-Gym Boxing Tournament staged by a group of administrators of the amateur boxing fraternity got underway at the Harpy Eagles Boxing Gym Albouystown yesterday afternoon.
Five gyms competed for honours and included, Harpy Eagles (HE), Forgotten Youth Foundation (FYF), Ricola Warriors (RW), Guyana Defense Force (GDF), and the Essequibo Boxing Gym (EBG). The Harpy Eagles won the Best Gym prize while Aubrey Moore, representing Essequibo Boxing Gym, was adjudged best boxer. Edwin Richards knocked out Ryan Ali in 1:05sec of the first round and was subsequently presented with a special trophy for his sterling performance.
There were quite a few outstanding performances none more decisive than that of Richards. He squared off with Ryan Ali (HE) in the senior category. Immediately after the bell sounded to signal the start of the bout Richards rushed out and dealt Ali a wicked wallop and down he went. He arose and courageously re-entered the fray only to be met by a barrage of punches that sent him reeling. The determined Ali fell but rose and signaled an intention to resume combat. Several more haymakers landed on his head and sent him sprawling leaving the referee with no other choice but to halt the one sided contest.
Another bout of note occurred between female fighters, Amanda Charles (HE) and Natasha Ashby (RSC). Apparently the two had some old grouse to settle as from the onset they went after each other with venom. Punches reigned supreme as both boxers stood toe to toe and lashed out at each other. As the first round whittled down Charles began to seize the initiative with some telling uppercuts and straight rights.
If the first round was the smoke; the second round developed into a full blown inferno. Charles delivered several crunching blows to the head and body of Ashby that sent her reeling. Several more telling punches forced the referee to jump in and wave the bout off merely 1:25secs into the second stanza.
The other results are: U15 category: Ezekiel Accra (FYF) defeated Keevin Allicock (HE), Antoine Branch (HE) won from Sean Griffith (FYF). CADETS: Keve Allicock (HE) was too good for his gym mate, Terrence Adams. Kevin Allicock (FYF) lost to Dexter Wray (RW), Imran Khan (HE) defeated his gym mate, Devon Allicock, Marvin Ageday (FYF) was too good for Marlon Darrell (RW).
Juniors-Orlando Allicock (FYF) won from Moonchan Sankar, Gavin Bacchus (HE) defeated Anthony Mark (HE),
Females: Theresa London (HE) defeated Ansilla Norville while in the Seniors Category: Dexter Jordon (FYF) was too good for Randolph Singh (HE). Bert Braithwaite (GDF), defeated Devon Boatswain (GDF), Romeo Norville (HE) won over Dwayne David (GDF), while Romeo Norville won from Dwayne David (GDF)
Albouystown man’s body pulled from drain
Detectives are probing the death of 19-year-old Chavez Kellman who died under mysterious circumstances around 23:55 hours on Sunday night.
Initial investigations pointed to a motorcycle accident but investigators are now looking at the theory that some foul play might be involved.
Kellman’s body along with the motorcycle he was riding was pulled from a trench at Middle Road, La Penitence.
But since the motorcycle did not bear any major damages, speculation is rife that Kellman may not have been the victim of an accident.
Kaieteur News understands that Kellman, a mason by profession, had left his 158 Curtis Street, Albouystown home to hang out with some of his friends.
According to reports, the group of friends was drinking beers after which Kellman borrowed a motorcycle to do an errand.
When he did not return when he was scheduled to, his friends became worried.
Then news spread that Kellman’s body and the motorcycle were lying in a gutter and he was eventually pulled out and taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
His mother, Nicola Hunt, and his father, Samuel Kellman, are not too convinced that their son died by accident.
According to Hunt, her son’s wound and the evidence at the scene suggest otherwise.
Although they had seen his body shortly after he was pulled from the gutter, they were still visiting the hospital mortuary several times to try to convince themselves as to how Kellman met his death.
According to Hunt, apart from a hole in Kellman’s forehead, his body bore no significant bruises that would indicate he was involved in an accident.
“They pull he from a li’l gutter. Is sheer mud and li’l water, nothing to damage he face like how it damage,” Hunt told this newspaper.
The woman said that she was at home on Sunday night when a young man came calling at her gate shortly before midnight.
“He start hollering and saying he don’t know how to tell me. But my mind just run pon me son.
Then de boy tell me dat Chavez just dead and I start crying all de time,” the woman recalled.
The dead man’s father told this newspaper that he was at home at his middle road residence when his telephone rang, but since it was late in the night, he refused to answer it.
However, the ringing of the telephone continued and Kellman was forced to answer.
“The person asked me if I ain’t hear what happened and then she said ‘Chavy’ dead,” Kellman informed.
He said that he too visited the scene just oblique to the St. Pius Primary School and just like everyone else he is not convinced that his son died by accident.
“When I watch the scene, nothing ain’t suggest it was an accident. De bike would’a break up,” he reasoned.
Police said that they have detained the owner of the motorcycle that Kendall was riding, who had reportedly claimed that he did not loan his bike to the now dead man.
However, investigators are awaiting the results of a post mortem examination to be absolutely certain about how Chavez Kendall met his death.
Teen snatches anaconda in Albouystown yard
Yesterday, just about 15:30 hrs Chavez Fernando, 18, an Albouys Street, Albouystown teen, happened upon a more than six-foot long anaconda as it slithered in his yard.
The snake had just swallowed a rat.
But as opposed to screaming and running in the opposite direction, the youth sneaked up on the reptile and grabbed it by the head.
He related, “When I snatch he by he head, he start wrapping around me hand and squeezing it tight.”
The boy then raised an alarm and three of his friends came to his aid, pulling the reptile by its tail off of their friend’s arm.
They then put the reptile into a bag and headed to a wildlife company to sell the catch but disappointment was the order of the day.
“Them tell we come back tomorrow, so we ain’t get no money, but we going back tomorrow (today).
He said he was not the least bit afraid of the reptile and noted that a much bigger one was caught in his yard last year.
Amateur boxers entertain Albouystown residents
The tournament is a direct response to the outcries of boxers for more competition, even as they battle the many vicissitudes that hinder their development.
The action got underway at around 02:30hrs and when the final bell had sounded, everyone in attendance admitted that it was one of the better amateur cards witnessed in recent times.
The action commenced with two members of the Forgotten Youth Foundation (FYF), Calvin Barry and Deckye Marshall going after each other for the entire three rounds. Barry weighed in at 23.2 kgs while Marshall tipped the scales at 24.1kgs. Fans were left screaming as the two pint size boxers exchanged vicious combinations to each other’s body and head. At the end of the entertaining bout, it was Barry who earned the judges’ not.
Edwin Richards (GDF) and Ryan Ali (HE) next took the ring. Richards started the fight at a furious pace but midway into the round, Ali retaliated with several ramrod shots that sent his opponent reeling. Both fighters, obviously unfazed by the other’s talent, threw down the gauntlet and the large crowd in attendance was wild in jubilation. Both boxers went after each other in the third round, each giving as much as he took. Even after the bell had sounded, both boxers were still locked in furious combat until the referee jumped in and separated them. The judges eventually ruled that Ali had done enough to earn the decision.
Senior bantamweights, Andrew Davis (FYF) and Rondell Singh (HE) fought like two men with an old grudge. Singh wasted little time in pounding his man into submission starting with a vicious two punch combination that sent Davis reeling. The referee instituted the mandatory 8 count before sending Davis back into the fray. Singh attacked once again and had it not been for the bell, he would have ended the fight there and then. He was not spared in the second round where upon hearing the bell, Singh rushed out, slammed a one two combination to Davis’ head, and down he went. The determined Davis held on and was able to see through the second round.
The chimes of the third gong had scarcely subsided when Singh once again let loose with a stiff right hand to Davis’ head. He went down, this time for good at just 59secs into the round.
Ryan Franker (HE) wasted little time in disposing of Clairmont Gibson (GDF). In 2:59secs of the first stanza he rocked Gibson with a solid blow to the head and the soldier promptly fell to the canvass. The force of the blow also sent half of his body out of the ring.
Junior welterweight, silver medalist at the Pune Junior Commonwealth Games, Clevon Rock (GDF), needed just 1:36secs of the first stanza to dispose of Alden Fraser. A left hook followed by a straight right did the trick and capped off a truly entertaining day of boxing. Rock was later adjudged best boxer while the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) was the best gym.
The next tournament is scheduled for the Forgotten Youth Foundation (FYF) on August 16.
The other results read: Romano Clark (GDF) lost to Biogny Miggins (FYF), Dexter Jordon out pointed his gym mate, Dillon Allicock (FYF), Mark Chisholm (GDF) won after Judy Sealey retired in the second round. Female boxer Ansil Norville (HE) won on points over he gym mate, Tanisha Nelson. Bert Braithwaite (GDF) defeated his teammate Akeem Alexander while another soldier, Wayne David also won on points over his gym mate, Kevis Wilson. Romeo Norville (HE) forced Carl Halley to retire at the end of the first round.
Albouystown man gunned down in yard
– had several charges for armed robbery, one for rape
By Michael Jordan
A 33-year-old man on previous charges for armed robbery, burglary and rape, was gunned down at around 03:30 hrs yesterday in the yard of his Lot 87, La Penitence Street, Albouystown home.
Rondel Williams was shot in the left side chest and left arm, reportedly just as he had opened his front gate to go to purchase cigarettes.
He died before he could have received medical attention.
Kaieteur News understands that some residents saw a man fleeing south down La Penitence Street and into Independence Boulevard shortly after hearing gunshots.
Williams’ reputed wife, Jenelle Caesar told Kaieteur News that a black cap, believed owned by the gunman, was found in La Penitence Street some 20 feet from the spot where Williams was slain. The cap was handed over to the police.
Relatives say they have no motive for the killing but one person who spoke to Kaieteur News is of the view that the Albouystown resident was executed.
Williams’ reputed wife said that he was employed as a carpenter at the time he was slain, and had one pending case in 2007 for break and enter before the court.
Police sources said that Williams had several prior arrests for robbery under arms and burglary.
Kaieteur News also confirmed that Williams was charged and remanded to prison in April, 2005, for allegedly robbing a businessman at gunpoint and sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl.
However, a relative said that all these charges were dismissed.
The slain man’s brother, Andre Ramcharran, recalled that he was sitting in the verandah at
around 03:30 hrs when Williams went downstairs to use a backyard toilet.
He explained that his brother would habitually use the washroom around this time.
He said that afterwards, he accompanied his brother back inside the house after chaining the front gate.
But Ramcharran said that his brother then indicated that he was going to purchase some cigarettes and went back outside.
Shortly afterwards, two gunshots were heard.
“I was inside the house when I hear ‘blam-blam’.”
Ramcharran added that he went outside and saw his brother lying motionless by the front gate, which was partly open.
Williams was breathing but was also bleeding from his mouth and nostrils.
Ramcharran said that he attempted to revive his brother by employing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, and then attempted to get a taxi to take his wounded sibling to the hospital.
Eventually, an aunt arrived with a vehicle, but by the time they arrived at the GPHC, a doctor indicated that Williams was already dead.
“He and nobody ain’t got story; he and everybody good,” Ramcharran said, when asked about any enemies his slain brother might have had.
Ramcharran’s reputed wife, Jenelle Caesar, also said he had never indicated to her that anyone wanted to harm him.
She disclosed that he was charged in 2007 for break and enter and larceny at an Albouystown shop. The case is still pending and she said that this is the only brush he has had with the law.
She believes that the person who killed Williams is someone who is familiar with his habit of going to the outdoor washroom during the early morning hours.
When Williams appeared in court in April 2005, it was alleged that the accused, who was 28 at the time, along with several others, invaded the man’s house on August 20, 2004.
Williams reportedly placed a gun to the man’s head while his accomplices relieved the victim of a television set, three bicycles, a pair of boots, four gold bands, a pouch and $231,000 cash.
Police alleged that on the same day, Williams, who is known to members of the Force, had carnal knowledge of a girl without her consent.
The matters were reported to the police and on April 8, 2005, Williams was arrested and charged.
Williams told the court that when the incidents happened he was in Cayenne, French Guiana receiving treatment for an illness.
And in December, 2007, Williams was again remanded by Magistrate Hazel Octave-Hamilton for robbery under arms.
It was alleged that on November 27, armed with a gun, he robbed Chatterpaul Gobin of one projector, three video cameras, a digital camera, $450,000 cash, four DVD players and other articles, all valued $1,315,000.
Williams’ attorney said that at the time, his client was employed as a security guard at a school under construction in the street where he lives.
Albouystown Youth Leaders seek help to rebuild church
Over the past ten weeks, the Young Leaders of Albouystown have been heavily involved in their Mentorship Programme at the Faith of God Church, located at 95 Bel Air Street, Albouystown, which was officially launched by the Minister of Labour, Manzoor Nadir. and Mayor Hamilton recently.
The Young Leaders of Albouystown comprises of 10 Young people selected to participate in the ACDA/IBD Leadership Programme, along with 20 others from Agricola and Buxton. It is a registered Friendly Society Non-Governmental Organisation.
Working with members of the Albouystown community, Heston Bostwick and ACDA, said the Young Leaders group has about 70 young people, aged 3 to16, who meet from 15:30 hrs to 17:30 hrs on Tuesdays and Thursdays to discuss issues relevant to their effective operation.
The weekly Mentorship Programme includes literacy and numeracy classes, a home work club, counseling, storytelling, educational trips, sports and recreational activities, community environmental activities, movies and videos, health education and personal responsibility discussions.
It is hoped that the young people in the programme will significantly improve their self-esteem, dramatically increase their literacy and numeracy skills, forge strong lifetime friendships, become stewards of their communities, assist their parents and families in becoming better citizens, and also develop to be well balanced young people with career expectations that will get them out of poverty.
The 70 young participants are separated into four groups where Ashley Clarke and Lashanna Bevney tutor the youngest students (3-5 years), while Shaundell Jacobs (Treasurer) and Charmaine Graham, tutor the 6-9 year-olds.
Nicola Gonsalves (Vice Chairman) and Efia Griffith (Project Co-ordinator) the 10-13 year olds, while Clayon Halley (Chairman) and Paul Mc Allister are responsible for the 14-16 year age group.
A hot meal is provided, as many of the kids are from poor families. There are also special activities on holidays, such as kite flying exercise that was hosted at the Botanical Gardens during last Easter.
The heart of the mentorship programme is the goal of building stronger relationships between the young people of Albouystown, their parents or guardians, and the community. The Young Leaders, through the assistance of Food for the Poor (Guyana) Inc., are currently distributing a “hamper of essential foodstuff” to the participating families in the community.
Each family receiving the “hamper” has reciprocal responsibilities. These are two-fold being child-parent and community environmental health responsibilities.
The Young Leaders are now engaged in their community change project, which is one of the deliverables of the ACDA/IDB Programme. Each of the three Young Leaders groups from Albouystown, Agricola and Buxton is tasked with doing something in their communities that will have a discernible change.
For the Young Leaders of Albouystown, they have decided to refurbish the Faith of God Church which they have negotiated for the hosting of their weekly Mentorship Programme.
Pastor Greaves, who owns the Church, has agreed to work in partnership with The Young Leaders of Albouystown.
The Church itself has not been used since the early 1990s and currently has a very porous roof that leaks when there is any amount of rainfall .This has resulted in at least two cancelations since the programme began. The Church also has no electricity or water.
The Young Leaders need to fix the roof (60 zinc sheets are needed), re-wire the entire building as there is none; fix the wooden doors and windows; and have some basic infrastructure such as a few desks, a refrigerator and stove.
Habitat for Humanity has committed some wood, nails and manual labour when the refurbishing begins.