Man killed during alleged robbery on Church Street

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– unarmed security officer was unable to assist

An unidentified man was on Saturday evening killed during the commissioning of an alleged robbery on Church Street, Georgetown.

Based on information received, about 21:30h, the now dead man was being chased by the 24-year-old suspect and went to the security officer at the Office of the Opposition Leader for assistance.

The security officer who is being provided by the State as protection for Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo does not carry a gun, baton, mobile phone or a radio set; hence, she was unable to call for assistance.

The body of the unidentified man lying on the road on Saturday evening

Upon seeing the scuffle between the now dead man and the suspect, the female guard reportedly ran and hid out of fear that the suspect might have a gun.

INews understands that the victim was severely beaten and eventually strangled to death with a belt belonging to the suspect.

After committing the act, the suspect attempted to escape, but he was apprehended by public-spirited citizens and handed over to the Police when they arrived at the scene sometime later in the evening.

While the victim’s identity is unknown, he was of African descent and was clad in a pair of short camouflage pants, blue jersey and a pair of fawn coloured “Clarks” footwear. It is not clear what items were taken away from the victim.

The suspect is expected to be charged with the capital offence of murder this week.

The Guyana Police Force is seeking the public’s assistance to identify the victim, whose body is at the Lyken Funeral Home. This is only one instance of the rise in crime although the Government remains reluctant to acknowledge the fact.

Several robberies have been committed over the past few days as well as a few murders. In Georgetown, an elderly woman was found murdered in her Bourda home.

On the Corentyne, two men were killed while two others are missing following a piracy attack on a fishing vessel.