[www.inewsguyana.com] –Minister of State, Joseph Harmon has revealed that the children and mother of slain Police Constable, Antonio Dawson will receive one million dollars from the Government of Guyana.
Harmon on Thursday, December 10, 2015 told a post cabinet media briefing that its most recent meeting had approved payment of the sum of monies to the family.
He said that Cabinet deliberated on this matter extensively and recognised that in circumstances where persons have given service to the disciplined services, the government needs to ensure that in the event of their death, stronger regime of measures have to be put in place that will take care of the families of those persons who die in the line of duty.
Constable Dawson, attached to the Impact Base attempted to make an arrest at the Gafoors Complex, Houston, East Bank Demerara when he was stabbed about his upper body by the suspect, who then committed suicide.
According to Police, ranks on a marine patrol in the Demerara River, acting on information received, went to the Houston Fishing Wharf, EBD, where they saw a man acting in a suspicious manner.
The ranks approached him and during an attempt to conduct a search, the man forcibly resisted and assaulted one of the police ranks. He walked away and proceeded to an area in the vicinity of the Gafoors Complex where he was approached by ranks on a mobile police patrol that had responded to give assistance.
During efforts to arrest him, the man pulled out a knife and stabbed Constable Dawson. Police say that varying quantities of cocaine, marijuana and ecstasy were found in the suspect’s pants pockets.