GUYANA: Man arrested in connection with killing of two teenagers, as unrest intensifies – UPDATED

UPDATE: Total of five persons arrested for murder of teenagers. Police use tear gas and rubber bullets on protesters on Monday night 

Burning debris on the Number 5 Village Public Road Bridge.

Police Sunday night said a man was arrested in connection with the discovery of the bodies of two teenagers  in the backlands of Cotton Tree Village , West Coast Berbice. (near Rosignol)

“Acting upon information received the police have since arrested a 57 year old male of Cotton Tree, West Coast Berbice. He is presently in custody,” police spokesman, Royston Andries said.

While crime scene detectives did not see any blood stains or weapon around the bodies or within the immediate vicinity, they found apparent blood stains at the suspect’s coconut farm. 

“Further examination of a nearby coconut farm owned by the suspect now in custody showed what appeared to be blood stains on the ground. Also, a coconut peeler and some peeled coconuts were seen at the said location,” the Guyana Police Force said.

Police identified them as 18-year old Joel Henry,a labourer and 16-year old Isaiah Henry, a student of Lots 26 and 32 Number 3 Village, West Coast Berbice.  The sister of one of the boys called on authorities to provide justice as they did nothing wrong other than went to pick coconuts in the backlands. “That is just the normal living. Coconut they will kill people for? Sacrifice they sacrifice dem boys. Me mother want justice for her child,” she said as angry residents moved an old vehicle on the Number 5 public road bridge.

In a statement issued late Sunday night, police said Isaiah Henry’s body was seen lying on his back with his head pointing in an eastern direction and feet pointing west. The body was clad in gray short pants, light green long sleeve jersey and bare footed. A wound was seen on his throat, two to his left side head, one on his forehead and one to the left side chin. Joel Henry’s body was found with the upper half in a hole. The body was clad in a black long pants, green long sleeve jersey with white fine strip and bare footed. The body bore a mark around his throat and bruises on the fingers of his right hand.

Opposition parliamentarian, Sherod Duncan, said on his party’s Social Media page that one of the boys was related to former Education Minister Nicolette Henry.

The discovery of their bodies triggered unrest Sunday night where residents blocked the West Berbice Road at Number 5 Village and burnt debris.

Police, in a statement issued very late Sunday night, said  the victims left their homes about 05:30 hrs September 5, 2020 for Cotton Tree Village, West Coast Berbice to pick coconuts to sell but had not returned as of 20:00 hrs  which caused the mother of Isaiah to lodge a missing person report at the Blairmont Police Station at 20:30 hrs on September 5 and the mother of Joel Henry to lodge a a missing person report at 09:00 hrs on Sunday, September 6 since neither of them had returned home unto that time.

Further, about 09:00 hrs on Sunday relatives and friends of the victims formed a search party and went into Cotton Tree Village backdam to find the two victims.

About 15:30 hours on Sunday while conducting the search in the backdam of the said village (Cotton Tree, WCB) the bodies of Isaiah Henry and Joel Henry were found about 600 feet from each other in clumps of bushes near to a coconut farm.

The scene was processed by ranks of the Crime Scene Unit who observed no blood stains nor weapon around the bodies or within the immediate vicinity.

Further examination of a nearby coconut farm owned by the suspect now in custody showed what appeared to be blood stains on the ground. Also, a coconut peeler and some peeled coconuts were seen at the said location.

The bodies were escorted to Fort Wellington Public Hospital where they were both pronounced dead by a doctor on duty and were afterwards escorted to Anthony Funeral Home Mortuary where the await Post Mortem Examination.
Investigations in progress.


Police open fire on West Berbice protesters; five suspects in murder of cousins arrested

 in BusinessNews September 7, 2020

Monday night fired teargas and pellets to disperse people on the West Coast Berbice public road, saying that two days of protests against the barbaric killing of two cousins have descended into alleged robberies and other attacks on innocent people.

“After several hours of the roadway being blocked, the police had no alternative but to take all necessary action to ensure that the road is clear,” police force spokesman, Royston Andries said.

Among the injured is A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) supporter, Carol Joseph, according opposition APNU+AFC spokesman, Imran Khan. He provided pictorial evidence,

The Guyana Police Force said that up to 6:30 PM Monday, five people were in custody as police continued their probe into the killing of Isaiah and Joel Henry whose mutilated bodies were found Sunday afternoon in the backlands of Cotton Tree, West Coast Berbice.

Police said they have received several reports of robberies being perpetrated on several innocent citizens and those were being taken seriously. “Additionally, the Force wishes to state that when protest action degenerates into unlawful acts, infringing on the rights of other citizens and putting the protection of life and the safeguard of property at risk, the GPF will consequently take the appropriate action against perpetrators,” the Guyana Police Force said in a statement.

Riot police were seen chasing protesters at Hopetown Village, West Coast Berbice.

Earlier Monday, Home Affairs Minister said police had moved “assets” into the West Berbice area where residents blocked the Number 5 Village, West Coast Berbice Public Road and burned debris.

Vehicular traffic going east and west ground to an almost standstill, causing commuters to walk for miles past the hotspot to board other vehicles to continue their onward journeys.

APNU+AFC said in a statement Monday night warned that if police did not heed that political organisation’s call for an end to police action, the crisis could deepen and the administration of President Irfaan Ali would have to bear full responsibility. “The APNU+AFC calls for an immediate ceasefire and for the police to desist from injuring and maiming innocent citizens. To shoot at innocent protestors is provocation and incitement by the police and will, in all likelihood, result in a response which the fraudulent and illegitimate PPP government will be held totally and ultimately responsible for,” the coalition said.

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  • kamtanblog  On September 7, 2020 at 2:34 am

    Executed for “stealing” coconuts on a coconut
    farm. Surely the matter should have been
    reported to the poo poo … did suspect poses
    a mobile phone. Until statement of suspect
    to poo poo are made known in courts we can
    but speculate on what transpired/happened.
    Did victims attack defendant who acted in self
    defence? Dead men tell no tales !

    An interesting development in light of the
    murder by poo poo in USA. Respect for
    uniformed law enforcers in question.

    My jury is out but justice must not only
    seem to be administered …it must be
    done. Await further information before
    further speculation on what happened on
    that fatal early morning !

    Hope it does not have any political conspiracy
    theory speculation.

    Sad loss of two young lives !

  • Douglaman  On September 7, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    Here we go again…
    I am sitting here in Guyana looking at how things are unfolding. — and hoping they will not explode.

    Three persons have now been arrested The owner (age 57) of the estate, his son and a worker. All of the are of East Indian origin,(although not reported), thus the political responses and fears of everyone here.
    What has angered the residents was the gruesome way the youths were murdered. .. and whether it was even necessary for them to be injured.
    “Their bodies were discovered with chops all over their bodies, including their necks, heads, and face”.

    What politicians have to understand is that the protesters, especially the young ones, are not listening to them. They will take matters in their own hands.
    This situation will not end quickly.
    It could be a similar situation as what happened under PPP Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee when Police shot four persons dead and many were wounded while blocking the Wismar – Mc Kenzie bridge in 2012..

    Linden protest turns deadly…Four dead, two dozen injured …https://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2012/07/19/linden-protest-turns-deadly-four-dead-two-dozen-injured/

    Many changes have been made to the Police Force since the PPP Home Affairs Minister Robeson Benn took charge a month ago. It is reported that the Police Force is demoralized by these changes. One wonders now how they would handle this one..

    In any case, there is now no traffic flowing between Berbice and Demerara. If things escalate we could see other road blockages on the East Coast and East Bank of Demerara. This would completely paralyze the economy, already weakened by COVID-19.

    We all hope that it is resolved without further disruption and bloodshed.

    Douglaman

  • guyaneseonline  On September 7, 2020 at 10:12 pm

    Police open fire on West Berbice protesters; five suspects in murder of cousins arrested

    Demerara Waves– by: Denis Chabrol in Business, News September 7, 2020

    Monday night fired teargas and pellets to disperse people on the West Coast Berbice public road, saying that two days of protests against the barbaric killing of two cousins have descended into alleged robberies and other attacks on innocent people.

    “After several hours of the roadway being blocked, the police had no alternative but to take all necessary action to ensure that the road is clear,” police force spokesman, Royston Andries said.

    Among the injured is A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) supporter, Carol Joseph, according opposition APNU+AFC spokesman, Imran Khan. He provided pictorial evidence,

    The Guyana Police Force said that up to 6:30 PM Monday, five people were in custody as police continued their probe into the killing of Isaiah and Joel Henry whose mutilated bodies were found Sunday afternoon in the backlands of Cotton Tree, West Coast Berbice.

    Police said they have received several reports of robberies being perpetrated on several innocent citizens and those were being taken seriously. “Additionally, the Force wishes to state that when protest action degenerates into unlawful acts, infringing on the rights of other citizens and putting the protection of life and the safeguard of property at risk, the GPF will consequently take the appropriate action against perpetrators,” the Guyana Police Force said in a statement.

    Riot police were seen chasing protesters at Hopetown Village, West Coast Berbice.

    Earlier Monday, Home Affairs Minister said police had moved “assets” into the West Berbice area where residents blocked the Number 5 Village, West Coast Berbice Public Road and burned debris.

    Vehicular traffic going east and west ground to an almost standstill, causing commuters to walk for miles past the hotspot to board other vehicles to continue their onward journeys.

    APNU+AFC said in a statement Monday night warned that if police did not heed that political organisation’s call for an end to police action, the crisis could deepen and the administration of President Irfaan Ali would have to bear full responsibility. “The APNU+AFC calls for an immediate ceasefire and for the police to desist from injuring and maiming innocent citizens. To shoot at innocent protestors is provocation and incitement by the police and will, in all likelihood, result in a response which the fraudulent and illegitimate PPP government will be held totally and ultimately responsible for,” the coalition said.

  • guyaneseonline  On September 7, 2020 at 10:21 pm

    Granger, Ali, Jagdeo at odds over root of killing of West Berbice youths
    Demerara Waves – Denis Chabrol in Crime, News, Politics September 7, 2020

    Former President David Granger on Monday attributed the killing and mutilation of two youths at the weekend to the People’s Progressive Party’s (PPP) failure to condemn post-election unrest in West Berbice earlier this year, but President Irfaan Ali and Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo denied his claims.

    “It is their attitude! If on the 6th of March, they had condemned what happened here on the West Coast Berbice- the stoning of the school buses and the vandalism that occured, this would not have occurred but they are sending a message that sort of behaviour is normal; they could do it again and again,” he said. Mr. Granger lauded the residents for sending a message that “we are not going to put up with this nonsense.”

    Back in March, People’s Progressive Party supporters rioted by blocking roads with fiery debris, burnt vehicles and stoned a school bus, resulting in the injury of four students. The supporters, who had demanded that Region Four votes of the March 2, 2020 general elections be properly declared, had also chopped two policemen.

    But Mr. Ali said “I condemn every single act in this country that had criminality in it” even as he recalled that he and other party supporters had gone out there and “called on the people to come off the road.”Mr. Granger has a responsibility by going there. You can either help the situation by talking to people to be lawful and respectful or you could decide to ignite the situation. For us, our focus is on reducing flames, improving relations and having a more peaceful society,” the President said.

    Mr. Jagdeo added that Mr. Granger “should not be taken seriously” because from 2015 to 2019 Guyana’s international standing declined, democracy regressed, unemployment increased , the social safety was dismantled and his rhetoric was divisive. “This is a politician who has failed to do anything in five years to improve relations and Mr. Granger doesn’t read much because he were to go now to look at the party’s (PPP) Facebook page, you would see a condemnation of the bus incident on the party’s page. I personally approved that and put it on the party’s page,” the Vice President.

    Mr. Granger also told the two gatherings at the homes of the now deceased youths that APNU+AFC would set up a defence society to protect residents if the police force fails to protect residents from senseless killings like those at the weekend. “We call on the government to protect us and if the government does not give us the full protection we deserve, we are going to take any reasonable measure to defend ourselves,” said Mr. Granger who is also leader of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR). “We can’t reverse what has happened but we will do our utmost to avoid a recurrence,” he said.

    Opposition Leader Joseph Harmon also announced that APNU+AFC would be assisting with funeral expenses for 18-year old Joel Henry,a labourer and 16-year old Isaiah Henry, a student of Lots 26 and 32 Number 3 Village, West Coast Berbice. He told the surviving families and residents to refuse assistance from the government.

    Mr. Harmon also announced that civil court proceedings would be filed against those found guilty of murder of the Henrys some time between early Saturday morning when they left their homes to collect coconuts to sell and Sunday afternoon when their bodies were discovered by a search party.

    • kamtanblog  On September 8, 2020 at 2:48 am

      Now political ball game of blame and shaming.

      Politricks !

      No further comment a neccessary evil.

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