Deputy Superintendent of Police testifies at Lindo Creek CoI

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Deputy Superintendent of Police, Gary McAllister took the stand before the Lindo Creek Commission of Inquiry (CoI) on Tuesday.

Deputy Superintendent of Police, Gary McAllister

McAllister during his testimony said that he was tasked by the Commissioner of Police to inspect the books of several Police Stations in the E&F Divisions to look for entries of the June 2008 killings at Lindo Creek.

Contrary to the testimony of retired Colonel Fitzroy Ward, who on Monday told the CoI that he took a caution statement from gang member Dwane Williams at the Ituni Police Station, McAllister testified that the records showed no entry of such being conducted.

According to McAllister, the record only had the arrest of Williams who was 14 at the time. The Policeman said mention of the killings only came into the records on June 21, 2008 when a report was made by one George Arokium at the Kwakwani Police Station.

Ward testified that Williams told him, under caution and in the presence of other ranks of the Special Joint Services team, that the criminal gang headed by Rondel “Fine Man” Rawlins would have murdered the miners at the Lindo Creek camp.

The allegations were made at the Ituni Police Station on June 16, some 5 days before the discovery was made and 6 days before the remains were brought to Kwakwani.

Sometime between June 12, 2008 and June 24, 2008, miners Cecil Arokium, Dax Arokium, Compton Speirs, Horace Drakes, Clifton Wong, Lancelot Lee, Bonny Harry and Nigel Torres were shot and killed, and their bodies burnt at the Upper Berbice River mining camp, which was being operated by Leonard Arokium.

The Lindo Creek CoI is the first of what Government has said would be a series of inquiries into the hundreds of killings, which occurred during a crime wave that began in 2002.

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