Police Constable arraigned for Brazilian miner’s murder

Robert Daniels

The Police Constable, who on Saturday last, allegedly shot and killed a Brazilian miner at Puruni Backdam, Region Seven (7), was on Friday afternoon arraigned for the murder at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.

Robert Daniels, 22, of Victoria Road, Plaisance, East Coast Demerara (ECD), stood before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan and had the indictable charge of murder read to him.

He was later remanded to prison and will next return to the Bartica Magistrates’ Court on August 30 2018.

The Brazilian miner, Estevão Marquês Costa who was shot and killed

INews had reported earlier this week that two Police Officers were taken into custody after they allegedly murdered 37-year-old Estevao Marques and tried to dispose of the body.

Based on information received, the two Officers, a Subordinate and Constable who are attached to Kurupung Police Station, abandoned their post sometime on Friday.

The men reportedly left on an ATV to patrol the area but subsequently hopped on a boat and went to a landing in Puruni.

Upon their arrival there, the Police Constable reportedly exited the boat and went to a shop. The Subordinate Officer remained at the landing on the Constable’s return but upon hearing  a loud explosion, he rushed to scene only to be told that the miner fired at the Police Constable and he returned fire thus mortally wounding him.

The Brazilian’s body was left lying on the ground but it was subsequently picked up and taken to the main landing.

Other Police ranks who were in the area investigating another matter proceeded to the scene and took possession of the .30 carbine rifle which was used by the Constable.

The matter was reported to the Divisional Commander who ordered the arrest of the two ranks. (Kizzy Coleman)



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