Albouystown taxi driver gunned down outside home
– was eyewitness to cousin’s murder in same street
by Michael Jordan
An Albouystown taxi driver was gunned down around 02:00 hrs yesterday in the same street where he saw
his cousin murdered three years ago.
Renie Williams, 25, of Lot 138 King Edward Street, Albouystown, was shot twice in the back by a lone, black-clothed man armed with a 9mm pistol as he sat in his car outside his home with his wife.
He died shortly after at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation.
Williams’s wife, Shondeen Walters, who was sitting next to him, escaped unhurt.
Eyewitnesses said that the killer fled on foot.
Residents said that while they heard the gunshots, no one looked outside until they heard Williams’s wife screaming. All the residents were reportedly indoors since it was late and raining at the time.
Williams’s relatives say they suspect that the killer was waiting for him to arrive. They suggested that the gunman may have been lurking in a nearby passageway where residents found a strange cap and several cigarette butts.
Police recovered two spent 9mm shells at the scene and a 9mm warhead from Williams’ taxi.
Police are said to be following leads that suggest that the killing is linked to a prolonged vendetta between Williams’s family and another family from the same community.
Williams, a former policeman who was seconded to the Tactical Services Unit, was a witness to the murder of his cousin, Marvin Boston, who was stabbed to death in the same street in October 2009, allegedly while coming to Williams’s aid.
Williams himself was injured during the brawl. One man has been charged with Boston’s murder while another was charged for assaulting Williams.
Eyewitnesses are still giving evidence in the matter, which has reportedly reached the High Court.
A source said that detectives have questioned members of the family with whom Williams had a dispute. They have also taken statements from them.
Kaieteur News was told that Williams, who was employed with Starlight Taxi Service, was gunned down minutes after he returned home with his wife.
The slain man’s wife, Shondeen Walters, who celebrated her twentieth birthday on Sunday, told Kaieteur News that they had attended the Linden Town Week celebrations. Her husband had then dropped off some friends and the couple then went to the seawalls before heading home around 02:00 hrs yesterday.
Williams, she said, parked his car outside their home and wound the windows up. At the same time, she stretched over to the back seat to pick up some items from the car floor. It was then that a gunshot shattered one of the back windows. She was sprayed with broken glass.
She then heard a second gunshot and saw someone dressed in black fleeing on foot.
Ms. Walters said that on rising up, she saw her husband slumped and “shaking” in his seat.
“He was going into shock; he was shaking and trying to say something. I was hollering and calling the neighbours but nobody was coming.”
Ms. Walters said that she then used her mobile phone to contact some of her relatives.
After that, she exited the vehicle and began screaming and banging on her neighbour’s doors.
Relatives, accompanied by the wounded man’s wife, drove in the same taxi to the GPHC.
Kaieteur News was told that some 20 minutes later, a doctor examined Williams and informed his family that he was dead.
The slain man’s relatives insist that he had no dispute with anyone. A sister who spoke with Kaieteur News said that Williams had “locked up a lot of people” while he was in the force. He reportedly left the police force some three years ago.
The family has been embroiled in a prolonged dispute with another Albouystown family.
It is alleged that on October 24, 2009, two brothers, Cordell and Carl Bennett, stormed the family’s home at 138 King Edward Street, Albouystown, to challenge Renie Williams to a fight. Williams’ cousin, 24-year-old Marvin Boston, was stabbed multiple times allegedly while going to Williams’s aid.
He succumbed at the GPHC.
The Bennett brothers were subsequently detained.
Carl Bennett, of 148 Cooper Street, Albouystown, was subsequently charged with murder.
His brother, Cordell Bennett, of James Street, Albouystown, who had allegedly assaulted Renie Williams, was charged with assault causing bodily harm. He pleaded not guilty.
Breaking News: Albouystown taxi driver gunned down
An Albouystown taxi driver was gunned down in front of his home at around 02:00 hrs today.
Renee Williams, 25, of Lot 138 King Edward Street, Albouystown, was shot twice in the upper back by a lone, black-clothed man as he sat in his car with his wife. He died shortly after at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation.
Williams’ wife, Shondeen Williams, who was sitting in the back seat, escaped unhurt.
Eyewitnesses said that the killer fled on foot.
(see more details in tomorrow’s issue)
President commissions $44M Albouystown Masjid
President Donald Ramotar was over the weekend the guest of honour at the
opening ceremony of the Masjid an-Najm and Social Centre at what was formerly the Star Cinema in Albouystown, Georgetown.
Among other special invitees in attendance were Prime Minister Samuel Hinds, former Labour Minister Manzoor Nadir and Secretary General of the Guyana Red Cross, Dorothy Fraser.
The building was constructed at a cost of $44M, which was raised through the generosity of the Muslim community under the auspices of the Guyana Islamic Thrust (GIT).
In his address to the gathering, the President said that Guyana has a great reputation with regards to tolerance; where all religions can flourish in freedom and peace, as there is a greater understanding among citizens of different faiths, than in many other parts of the world.
The Head of State added that the well-being of Guyanese citizens has been the cornerstone of the successive People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Governments, a fact which the allocations in the national budget can attest to.
“In 1992, Government spent eight percent of the budget on the social sector; while last year over 30 percent was spent in this regard; as Government is moved by the need to end poverty so as to create a better life for citizens.”
The President added that development of the human capital is one of the principles that his Government and the GIT hold with utmost importance, which is why the latter will find a good partner in his administration to collectively fight against some of the anti-social activities that plague society.
He added that Albouystown has a lot of talent, which is often drowned by poverty, and expressed the hope that the Masjid, which is also a social and learning centre, will be use as a tool that will drive the potential of the people within the area, particularly the youths.
President Ramotar further assured of his support, especially since both Government and the Muslim organisation are driven by a common objective which is, to move society forward.
Chairman of the Masjid an-Najm and Social Centre, Nazar Mohamed, said that this project was first visualised a few years ago during Islamic Awareness Week. The land on which it stands was donated; however, it had accumulated huge arrears of rates and taxes.
As a result, the GIT sought the assistance of the Government through Minister of Housing and Water, Irfaan Ali, who in turn, made representation on its behalf to former President Bharrat Jagdeo. The former Head of State responded positively by making interventions at the level of the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) to have the debt waived.
The building is also an Information Communication Technology (ICT) hub under the One Laptop Per Family (OLPF) programme. Further, the social centre provides Muslim education and training, family guidance and counselling, women education and development, skills training, literary classes, social relief and welfare, medical clinic and care for the elderly and differently-able.
Albouystown residents accuse police of death threats
After being constantly harassed by members of the Guyana Police Force, Muammar Jabbar of James Street, Albouystown, is now complaining that these ranks are publicly threatening to kill him, in the presence of his family.
The man told Kaieteur News that the policemen would usually demand money from several residents and since he was not one to give in to their demands they have been constantly harassing him.
He said that last Tuesday the ranks who were in motor vehicle PKK 875, passed his house while he was with his reputed wife and their four-year-old son sitting outside of their yard.
Upon seeing Jabbar, the police men parked the vehicle and demanded money from him.
“They put a gun to my head and threatened me. They always demanding money, threatening to shoot me, kill me and even give me a robbery or murder charge. They had arrested my cousin in my presence previously and I had simply asked them why they arresting him. Since then they always harassing me and asking for money. Because I don’t give them they doing all this to me,” said Jabbar.
The young man’s father, Abdool Jabbar, lamented that he was inside of the house when this was happening, but his wife ventured outside upon hearing the commotion.
Kaieteur News understands that when the woman questioned the officers as to why they were treating her son inappropriately, one of them insulted her, threatening to kick her in her stomach and told her to “stay out of it”.
“I just want them to stop harassing my son. He never had problems with them before and they just threatening him all the time. They need to leave him alone. The higher authority needs to look into this. It isn’t right. They used indecent language, talking to my wife. It all happened in public. My four-year-old grandchild is now traumatized,” stated the older Jabbar.
This newspaper was told that the family has already reported the matter to the Police Complaints Authority and they will be engaging the police’s Office of Professional Responsibility.
Albouystown residents clash with cops making arrests
Residents of Hill Street, Albouystown and police ranks clashed yesterday after the
lawmen went to a yard to arrest some robbery suspects.
Some of the residents claimed that the police used excessive force in executing their duties while assaulting two female occupants of Lot 26, Hill Street Albouystown.
One of the women who claimed she was assaulted, Elizabeth Soodu, told Kaieteur News that one of the policemen snatched her son while he was having a meal and assaulted him while looking for the suspects.
“They (police) say that we could go to whoever we want; they cussing and going on at a rate how they expect people to react to them. The tall police chuck me up, and all my breast come out my top; then they want to arrest me for talking for my rights.”
“The other day when the shop was robbed there was no police in the area. He (a cop) tell them boys that get lock up that if it was night he would have killed all of them and nobody can’t do he nothing.”
Residents further said that the police are usually unprofessional in the duties.
Ann Marie Soodu who was also taken into custody by a female rank, said the police had beaten up her brothers and assaulted her sister while visiting the yard to make arrests.
Another resident from the yard said that “the police come for a special man name Jonathan who they hear got a gun; them see the man playing cards with other people and they pick up all of them…this is the same man that threaten to shoot a man wife and do she all sort of things…now when the police come he running and he say he got gun…real guns come now he isn’t suppose to run.”
One of the police ranks at the scene said that they arrested five persons in connection with alleged robberies, while denying that any of the women were assaulted.
Albouystown man allegedly abducted near Camp Street Jail
Friends of a 23-year-old Albouystown resident Tony Anderson, called Stephan Anderson, or ‘Max’, are alleging that he was abducted shortly after 13:00 hrs yesterday in the vicinity of the Camp Street Prison.
Shivon Roach, the man’s fiancée, said that she was informed that Anderson was abducted by three men while standing near the Camp and D’Urban Streets intersection.
The men reportedly forced Anderson into a white car with a PJJ licence number.
Roach said that a woman who witnessed the incident said that one of the men had dreadlocks, while another was dark, stocky, and wore a fitted cap.
One of the men was reportedly armed with a baseball bat.
According to Anderson’s girlfriend, the eyewitness handed her Anderson’s bicycle which was left at the scene.
The missing man’s fiancée says that she has checked at various police stations but has been unable to locate him. According to the woman, she was instructed that she would have to wait 24 hours to make a missing persons report.
Other acquaintances of Anderson’s said that three men in a white car were in Albouystown earlier in the day enquiring about the man’s whereabouts.
One friend said that Anderson had recently confided that he had a dispute with a businessman.
Kaieteur News was told that Anderson was detained at the Vigilance Police Station about a month ago in connection with a robbery/murder on the East Coast of Demerara.
He was released without being charged.
M&CC cleans clogged Albouystown canal
Frustrated residents of Albouystown were given some relief after the Mayor and
City Council (M&CC) yesterday began cleaning the clogged canal that has been virtually useless and caused flooding in the vicinity of Albouys Street.
Residents of the area said that the waterway has been clogged for as long as most of them could remember and always overflowed when the tides are high.
The current spring tide has now made the situation unbearable.
Plastic bottles, food boxes, condoms and just about every other household article were seen floating in the yards, homes and businesses of some residents last Thursday evening.
Zalina Singh, along with many other parents in the area was fearful that the stagnant and sometimes overflowing piles of garbage would have caused the children in the community to fall sick.
Using an excavator the council was able to remove a large volume of plastic from the canal.
However, the worry for these residents remains that the canal is still clogged, and needs to be unclogged before the workers would have started cleaning.
Kaieteur News was told that the workers have already requested that the council provide them with two extra workers to assist in unclogging the said canal, but the request was not granted.
“We tell them and them send one man, and he can’t do anything by he self” said the excavator operator.
Clogged canal frustrates Albouystown residents
Irate residents in a section of Albouystown are expressing great disgust and frustration as it relates to a garbage pile-up in a nearby canal. The waterway in the vicinity of Albouys Street has been overflowing for days now as a result of current spring tides.
Zalina Singh, an elderly woman, told Kaieteur News that she has been living in the area for many years and has always known it to be in a deplorable state since the gutters leading to the trench (and the canal itself) are usually choked causing a ghastly pile of stagnant garbage in front of her yard and adjacent premises.
Other residents complained that not only are they unable to stand the stench caused by the disgraceful build-up but the mosquitoes, cockroaches and rats are also causing discomfort – and in the case of rodents damage to their homes and business, particularly a grocery shop located just by the clogged trench.
Muddy water, plastic bottles, juice tins, food boxes among other things, were seen floating in the yards and even the homes of some residents last Thursday night when the tides were at their highest. Parents are pleading to the authorities to take priority in cleaning the trench as it is extremely hazardous to their children.
RandolphThorne, a community chairman, told this newspaper that he spoke to the City Engineer who promised that the situation would be dealt with as the Mayor and City Council have already undertaken the initiative to cleanup the drains and trenches in the area.
However, workers have stopped working for the time being as they have not seen the garbage disposal truck in days. Seen in the vicinity of Albouys Street, where the garbage is, are workers relaxing on a parked and seemingly useless excavator.
Albouystown health centre desperately in need of facelift
Residents of Albouystown and users of the Albouystown Health Centre say that their health facility needs to get a face lift. “It is time this place look better than this,” the people opined. Our facility needs to look better, they say.
“If someone who does not know the area comes looking for the health centre they would never find it; and I’m speaking from experience,” one woman interjected. No health providing building should look like this, the residents continued.
The facility which is located on the corner of James and Bel Air Streets, residents say, accommodates persons from both the neighboring community of Charlestown and Albouystown. The health centre which has been around for over 23 years according to the residents has served them for years and the institution is currently in a deplorable state.
They claim that they do not understand why the centre has been left in its current condition for such a long time. It’s as if there is nothing wrong with the way the institution looks since it has been like this for quite some time now. Is it that the institution is being ignored, a person asked. No effort is being made to make repairs or to renovate the small establishment that caters for at least two communities.
This is a place where health services are provided and we need a better face on it. The people say that the service is somewhat acceptable, as there are nurses available and doctors could also be found at the location.
Though it is not usually open on weekends the facility does provide a commendable service and persons can receive treatment for their ailments. But the appearance of the building does not compliment the efforts of the health persons working there, the community persons’ scrutiny continued. The outer appearance of the facility, they say could easily cause the building to be mistaken as being abandoned.
The building is desperately in need of a new paint job. The metal grills that service as a security measure had rot away leaving large holes in the mesh. Some windows were broken and louvers were missing. The residents say the ceiling could also use some work as it is slowly deteriorating.
The building is dusty and dirty and the total outlook of the institution is becoming an eyesore, the complaining residents opined.
The users of the service institute also claim that it is long overdue that the building be renovated. “It looks so dull and abandoned on the street corner, giving no indication that this place provides a health service. We have been using here for years, its time the persons responsible give us a good look” they reiterated.
Members of the community say they are not trying to enrage, point fingers or lay blame on anyone, they just believe that more could be done for the health institution. They say their health care providers need a better and healthier environment to perform their jobs. The residents ask that the relevant officials in charge of maintaining the establishment take into consideration their plea.
The Albouystown Municipal Health Centre is the only such establishment in the community and residents expressed their appreciation for the facility but declared they are ready for a new look.
Cronics smoke impressive group in Albouystown
– Moses, Jefford Pacesetters also advance
By Edison Jefford
This might be the kind of competition for players like Ryan ‘Showtime’ Melville; players, who are largely considered ‘scrubby’ players, but whom also, have a level of finesse to force pundits to take them seriously whenever they consider holding basketball.
A strange, but understandable, phenomenon is developing in the Mackeson Smooth Moves 3-on-3 Basketball Competition that is leading analysts to believe that the best theoretical compositions might not be the best practical teams in the nationwide tournament.
The Independence Boulevard Basketball Court in Albouystown provided what was a near perfect case-study when the tournament continued Wednesday night. The now famous ‘ghetto’ Mecca of local basketball hosted six top teams among hundreds of supporters.
Scores of patrons thronged the court to witness what has easily become the sport’s most lucrative tournament,
which brought, as an incentive for the community, the enhancement of the court that is home to the successful Albouystown/Charlestown Inter-Ward team.
On paper, Nets seemed to be the team to beat, boasting Division I players, Pelham Doris, Triston Tulloch and Drumson McCulley, but in reality, their participation in the tournament was quickly reduced to a life-saving battle to secure a place in the second round.
As fate would have it, Nets and Jefford Pacesetters faced-off in a sudden-death shootout to decide who will join Cronics and Moses Pacesetters in the next round. Doris missed his attempt as Elton Jefford Jr. of Jefford’s Pacesetters buried his shot to seal Nets’ coffin.
Nets joined the other big theoretical compositions that exited the competition in the first round. It is no wonder that the floodgates of the inaugural $1m first place prize or trip to the NBA All-Star Final-tournament have been hit wide open. It has become anybody’s tournament.
Cronics proved this fact to be true; Melville, who is known in the streets as a ‘scrubby’ king, was a major part of the offensive plan. Up until their last game, Wednesday night, Cronics had played unbeaten in the group. Nets beat them 21-14 in the final game of the night.
Before the defeat, which gave Nets a lifeline, prior to Doris’s free-throw mess, Cronics won 11-5 against Steelers; 12-6 against Jefford Pacesetters; 7-6 against Bounty Colts ‘C’ following sudden death shootout and 11-9 against Moses Pacesetters to finish with four points.
Melville guarded the ball with his life, literally, dishing the occasional assist to Earl O’Neil in the paint or Joel Loncke on either parameter wings. Melville understood his role and was happy with dismantling the opposing defence with his usual smooth Showtime moves.
Moses Pacesetters was another of the easy qualifiers in the group. Reyon Cummings’ shooting is one of the reasons the team is through to the next round. Cummings lit up the Albouystown Court in a classical display of sharp-shooting that also handed his team four wins.
Moses Pacesetters defeated Nets 10-9; Bounty Colts ‘C’ 17-10; Steelers 21-15 before one of the showdowns of the night went down against club-mates, Jefford Pacesetters. Moses Pacesetters eventually won 18-17 in sudden-death shootout after the game was tied on 17 points in regular time.
Jermaine Hamilton had equalised for Jefford Pacesetters after Derwin George scored to bring the team within one-point of Moses Pacesetters with 10 seconds left in regulation time. Hamilton put his team in contention for the win, but Jefford missed the team’s sudden-death free-throw attempt to lose the game.
Jefford made up for the blunder in the do-or-die shootout situation against Nets when the former junior national player buried his attempt to send Nets packing. Jefford Pacesetters had won 16-9 against Bounty Colts ‘C’; 21-14 against Steelers and 12-11 versus Nets.
The three teams that advanced from the group included Cronics, Moses Pacesetters and Jefford Pacesetters while in Linden, Unknowns and Jets reached the next round. The competition will be continuing in Linden today and Georgetown tomorrow at the Burnham Basketball Court.
Albouystown youths torment pensioner
…police refuse to help
Desmond Pompey, a pensioner of Albouystown, says that for the past three years some youngsters in his neighbourhood have been destroying and stealing his belongings and that he is helpless despite making many reports to the Ruimveldt Police Station.
The elderly technician told this publication that he is fed up. There is a gang of almost 15 young men, some in their early twenties while most of them are still teenagers, who have a penchant for making other people’s lives miserable by making all their hard work go down the drain.
The man’s car which is usually parked across the road from his house is a hangout for the village gang members, Pompey said. He added that they would sit on his car for hours and would curse at him if he objects to their treatment of his vehicle.
Pompey told Kaieteur News that the situation has got so out of control that he cannot keep making excuses that these boys might one day change for the better. Instead, they have all began to get worse.
Things now are such that he has to be scared for his life.
The man related that he has suffered much because of these boys and that he is not prepared to lose anymore. He said that his loses amounted to nearly $1M in the past two and a half years.
The man explained that one of the boys was once arrested and two gallons diesels as well as two truck batteries had been retrieved, however the young man was later released and that was the end of that matter.
The following night, as a method of getting revenge the boys allegedly “stabbed” the man’s car tyres several times before “lashing” his car down, damaging the said vehicle.
As if that was not enough, the boys apparently tried to break into Pompey’s car.
The distraught man said that he is still unable to replace the stolen items or repair his car. Pompey said that he has been taking the entire situation lightly but cannot anymore as now they have stolen his tools on which he depends to feed himself and the other nine members of his family.
The displeased man pointed out that when he reported the matter to the Ruimveldt Police Station, he was asked to gather evidence and then return to make the complaint.
“I want know if when I go there I am supposed to do them job” queered the man.
Police issue bulletin for Albouystown resident
Police have issued a bulletin for Gary Anthony Rodrigues who is wanted for questioning in relation to Trafficking in Narcotics.
According to the police, Rodrigues is 42 years old, brown in complexion, medium built and his last known address is Lot 22 Hill Street, Albouystown.
Anyone with information that may lead to the arrest of Gary Anthony Rodrigues is asked to contact the police on telephone numbers: 226-7065, 227-1149, 226-2870, 225-8196, 225-6411, 225-1111, 911 or the nearest police station.
All information will be treated with strict confidence
Man shot in Albouystown after altercation
Gunshots rang at the corner of James and Hunter Streets, Albouystown yesterday after a lone gunman shot Neshak Bazilio in the chest and escaped.
The injured Bazilio was rushed to Woodlands Hospital where he was admitted.
According to reports, Neshak Bazilio, who was travelling in Toyota Corolla HA, 7638 with his girlfriend, stopped in James Street Albouystown around 17:00 hrs, and after having a conversation with a man at the corner, an altercation ensued over money.
Bazilio reportedly overpowered the man on the corner, and another man on a black motorcycle without number plates rolled up and told the man on the ground to shoot Bazilio. “Boy you taking beat up?”
Then Bazillio jumped into the hire car and the man on the ground who was armed, discharged several rounds after the departing vehicle, shattering the rear windscreen.
However, after the car sped off the scene and proceeded west on James Street, the driver of HA7638 was caught in traffic and stopped at the junction of James and Hunter Streets, Albouystown. The gunman then jumped on the motorcycle as the pillion rider, to give chase and eventually cornered Bazilio where the car had stopped. The man then shot Bazilio in the chest when he exited the vehicle.
Sources disclosed that the men had an altercation over money that was derived from a robbery that both men were a part of. However, there was not an equal share which caused the confrontation.
Albouystown man says police refuse to help him
…as vandals shatter his windscreen
Desmond Pompey of 23 Hill Street, Albouystown, has criticized actions by officers of Ruimveldt Police Station for failing to assist him in recovering his losses which he suffered as a result of malicious actions by a group of youngsters who reside in Albouystown.
Pompey said that due to lack of space in his yard he has two vehicles parked outside his property a car and a truck. “For many years I park my vehicle outside there; nobody don’t trouble it.
“Now they have some indisciplined young men that are bullies. They sit on my car top and when I talk to them they don’t want to come off. They telling me to call the police.”
A few days ago Pompey lost the back door of his truck. He also discovered that someone had punctured all four wheels of his car and shattered the windscreen of his truck while they were reportedly parked in front of his house.
The victim told this publication that he was sitting in his chair some time around 9:00pm on Monday night when he heard a startling sound. He said that he rushed to his windows and saw no one and decided to go down stairs. Then he learnt that it was the windscreen of his truck that was shattered.
The man said when he asked someone who was on the road at the time to explain what transpired, the person told him that he was not sure but as soon as he heard the loud “boof” and looked around he saw a group of young men running from the vehicle.
According to the man he made several reports to the Ruimveldt Station but the police have refused to render assistance.
The man said in one instance an officer told him to look out for when the police pass in the vans and stop them and inform them of what is taking place and see if they can help. Pompey added that he was lucky to see the police van but when he told them about his situation they just ignored him.
When this news paper contacted the Ruimveldt Police Station, a female officer said that they are looking into the matter.
Youngster shot in Albouystown
Seventeen-year-old Jonathan Soodoo of 26 Hill Street, Albouystown, now a patient at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation was reportedly shot in his lower abdomen some time after 9:00pm on Monday night.
According to the victim, every afternoon he would normally hang out with his peers at the street corner in his neighbourhood. “We does jus lime and mek we lil jokes and suh; nothing much. Sometimes we talk till midnight,” said the wounded boy.
Soodoo said that on Monday he was hanging with his friends on Hill Street, not too far from his residence. He added that as time went by few of his friends went home. He eventually was among the last to leave for home.
The victim said on his way home a short boy of African descent approached him and demanded his possession.
Soodoo said that he refused to give the boy what he had. Subsequently, his assailant went to his waist and withdrew a gun and shot him.
Rain, damaged koker flood Wismar, Albouystown
Incessant rainfall and accompanying high tides have inundated many houses in and around Linden. Affected residents are bracing themselves, because the worse is yet to come, some have pointed out.
Some of the worst hit areas are Poker Street (Water Lily Road) and Second and Third Alleys, Wismar.
Surprisingly flood prone Silver City was relatively dry. But residents of that area said there is a reason for that as the nearby drains and creek were recently dug and cleared.
Residents on Poker Street are however calling on those in authority to do something about the koker, which they claimed is not functioning properly and should have been rehabilitated several years ago.
According to the residents they had been promised that the koker would have been rebuilt about ten years ago, but to date nothing has been done.
The result is that whenever there are periods of prolonged rainfall, many homes are flooded with the water that rushes down the hills and overflows the drains and creeks.
Any accompanying high tides usually exacerbate the situation.
A walk through the affected areas yesterday saw some persons bailing their homes, which in some cases were more than a foot under water, while others just looked on in frustration and resignation.
And in Georgetown,the residents of Hayley and Hardina Streets complained about excessive flooding.
They are now grumbling about their losses as a result of heavy rainfall.
“ I can’t even go to the shop to buy anything because I got to get a boat to reach across. I don’t want to send my kids because the water is dirty and I fear my child get sick,” said one concerned resident of Hayley Street.
Shop owners also claimed losses as the water destroyed goods left on the floor.
One resident said that for many years the drains have not been cleared.
While the rain is responsible for the floods in Halley and Hardina Streets, a disturbed resident complained that the Sussex Street koker was being left open and as such the salt water from Demerara River posed a serious dilemma in the Albouystown area.
One driver stated that he cannot conduct his normal afternoon activities since his entire surroundings is flooded as a result of salt water coming in from the Koker that was left open due to an employee’s negligence.
Albouystown house collapses
What started as a regular day for Savitri Ramdeen, yesterday, ended as one of the most frustrating and saddening days of her life, as the home she has known for the past forty-years, literally crumbled beneath her feet.
According to the 61-year-old woman, whose house is located at Lot 21 Hill Street, Albouystown, Georgetown, she was walking up her stairs at about 11:00 hrs and as her foot touched the fourth step, she heard a “crackling noise” and felt a slight tremor.
Ramdeen told this newspaper that she quickly turned around and rushed to the safety of the yard as she realized something was amiss. As the sound became louder she witnessed her entire house shifting to the right where it crumpled loudly as neighbours ran out of their homes to ascertain what was occurring.
When Kaieteur News arrived at the location which once held the old, wooden one-storey house, some boards were neatly packed in a corner while the building at an angle. Boards were broken and the house was badly damaged.
Ramdeen explained that though her home was not fully furnished, there were some ornaments and furniture which were broken along with kitchen utensils and some personal items.
She added that she was able to retrieve a little of her clothing while lamenting that she now has no place to sleep.
It was reported that the house belonged to Ramdeen’s parents who died many years ago and it was left to Ramdeen and her sister (who is now deceased).
The distraught woman admitted that she lived alone for the past two years, after her sister’s death, and was neither married nor mothered any children. She said that she was self-employed as a domestic until last year but she is now sickly and cannot work.
Ramdeen told this publication that she will be more than grateful for any form of assistance.
A source of employment for Albouystown youth
The allocating of a timber concession by the Guyana Forestry Commission to the True Vision Foundation sealed the future of many unemployed youths of South Georgetown, basically Albouystown.
Founder and chairman of True Vision Foundation Mr. Randolph Thorne is sure that about 100 unemployed youths in batches of 50 could benefit from long term employment and be given an opportunity to turn their lives around and break their vicious cycle of poverty.
We are not only cutting down trees; the organisation will also be involved in cropping of organic stuff, including cash crops, peanuts, pine apples and citrus. Charcoal burning will also be our focus so that no wasting of timber resources will be evident especially trees with holes.
Given our organisation’s long desire to proceed in the direction of production of forest products, so as to ease our dependency on government agencies, private sector and our local donors, the organisation is contemplating seeking partnership with donors who have an interest in assisting our community.
Albouystown is an inner-city in South Georgetown where unemployment is at its highest. Most of the unemployed youths are vulnerable, because they lack regular employment. These youths most times are suspects in urban crime. Because of their dilemma, they turn to gambling and drug trafficking as the only option for survival.
Our community also consists of a large number of unemployed female single parents, many of whom are victims of unreliable partners. With the acquisition of this forest concession, the True Vision Foundation firmly holds the view, with our priority being job creation, most of our unemployed youths could empower themselves financially.
Recruitment, training and orientation will be done at the True Vision Training Foundation Complex in Castello Housing Scheme, West La Penitence. A facility established in honour of His Royal Highness Prince Charles’ visit to Albouystown.
Albouystown man gunned down in car
A young Albouystown resident was gunned down in his car shortly before midnight yesterday.
Charles Caesar, also called Charles Percival David of Garnett Street, Albouystown, was found slumped in his white Toyota, PKK 6385, in Perry Street, Tucville, at around 23:30 hrs.
He was reportedly found by residents who had heard gunshots in the area.
Police said that the victim, who is in his twenties, bore suspected bullet wounds.
He was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation where doctors pronounced him dead.
Caesar’s body was positively identified shortly after midnight by a sister and two friends.
At press time today, police were still trying to ascertain the motive for the shooting.
He was the third person to be slain in two days.
On Saturday, Nandalall William, called Poodle, 52, died at the West Demerara Regional Hospital, hours after he was beaten with a piece of wood by his 24-year-old stepson.
And Suresh Bhola was knifed to death outside a popular bar in the village of Strathspey early yesterday morning.
Fifteen people have now been slain this month.
(See more details in tomorrow’s issue)
Albouystown vs. North b/ball game moves to January
– Afterschool Programme will definitely follow event
The much-anticipated ‘Night of the Champions’, which will bring together North Ruimveldt and Albouystown/Charlestown in a colossal grudge basketball game, has been moved to January and the exact date of the showdown will be known later this week.
Coordinator of the event, Robert Cadogan told Kaieteur Sport yesterday that the game, which is set to launch an Afterschool Basketball Programme, will be held earlier in January. Cadogan said that the busyness of the Christmas Season has changed the schedule.
Originally, the game was set for December 29, but Cadogan said that the corporate community has asked that the event move to January. Albouystown is the Mackeson national champions and North Ruimveldt is HJTV Georgetown Inter-Ward champions.
Before that colossal game, there will be a supporting game with Georgetown Veterans taking on Linden’s Veterans in the Stanislaus Hadmon memorial. The aim of the launch is symbolic in that is marks a transition from the past to the present and future.
HJTV, Wind Jammer International Hotel, Regal Stationary and Supplies, Curtains and Draperies Designs, Haynes Foundation and Trendsetter Auto and Electrical Spares are among the sponsors that are onboard the ‘Night of the Champions’ showdown.
Broad Street ‘B’, Albouystown ‘A’ reaches final
Broad Street ‘B’ and Albouystown ‘A’ registered contrasting victories in their respective semi-final matchups to make it to the final of the Guinness ‘Greatest in de Streets; Football Tournament which will climax on Saturday, at the National Park Tarmac.
In action on Tuesday evening, Broad Street beat favourites Alexander Village on sudden death penalty kicks after regulation time saw the teams deadlocked at 3-3, while Albouystown ‘A’ were comfortable 2-0 winners against West Front Road.
The two will clash for the top prize of $500,000 and a trophy with the loser set to receive $250,000 and a trophy.
West Front Road and Alexander Village will meet in the third place playoff for the $150,000 prize and a trophy with the loser to take home $100,000 and a trophy.
Saturday’s proceeding is expected to have three exhibition matches, the third place playoff starting at 21:00 hrs, a live performance by the Jamaican artiste RDX and the grand finals followed by presentation of prizes.
Patrons will be admitted free to the venue.
In semi-final results:
Game 1 Alexander Village and Broad Street ‘B’ drew 3-3 in regulation time, before the latter won on sudden-death penalties
Leon Yaw 11th min
Dellon Williams13th min
Shem Porter 37th min
Broad Street B
Rocky Gravesande 6th min
Sherwin Smith 9th min
Devon Adams 38th min
Game 2 West Front Road went down to Albouystown ‘A’ 0-2
Devon Small 32nd and 38 min
Albouystown men captured in Berbice house
– one had toy gun
Police on the West Coast of Berbice responded quickly and caught two men in a house on Sunday evening in Bush Lot. One was armed with a toy gun.
The police believe that the men who are known characters from Albuoystown, Georgetown, were about to commit a felony and are suspected to have committed a few others in the area recently.
Residents who were on the alert saw the suspects in a house and immediately summoned the police.
When questioned, the men stated that they were visiting a friend. They are in custody as investigation continues
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.