Army fires Private implicated in Sophia murder

Shaquille Grant

The Guyana Defence Force has dismissed Shaqeil Grant, a Private in the Army, with effect from May 1, 2017 after he was remanded on a murder charge.

The 20-year-old man was on Monday charged for the murder of Andre Alexander, also called “Bread Man”, who was shot dead during a robbery in C Field, Sophia, Greater Georgetown just over a week ago.

Grant will make his next court appearance on June 8.

Alexander, of Lot 394 C Field, succumbed to a single gunshot wound to his chest which he sustained during the robbery at his place of business on May 5. It was reported that the now dead man, along with his wife, was at his bread stand when two men on a CG motorcycle rode up and ordered three loaves of bread, paying with a $5000 note.


Alexander was reportedly in the process of making change when the pillion rider whipped out a gun and demanded that the father of two hand over his cash. Alexander reportedly put up a fight and in retaliation, the suspect discharged two rounds, one of which struck the vendor to the chest. The men then relieved the man of an undisclosed sum of cash and escaped. They also took the bread.

Residents rushed to the scene and found the man lying in a pool of blood. He was picked up and taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he succumbed while receiving medical attention.

Days after the shooting incident, the Police, acting on information, went to Plum Park, Sophia where Grant was arrested.

His accomplice is still on the run.



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