By Kurt Campbell
[www.inewsguyana.com] –Crime Chief Seelall Persaud says police have significantly disrupted a gang he identified as ‘Hot Skull’ that operates mainly out of Albouytown, Georgetown.
He says efforts are afoot to have the group completely dismantled soon. According to Persaud, the trio – Mario Gouveia, Mark Joseph and Jermaine Canterbury – all of Albouystown, who were killed in a shootout with police on South Road, Georgetown on October 12, were all members of the gang.
The Crime Chief said members of the group have tattoos of skulls either on their backs or hands.
He said four members of the gang were recently imprisoned while several others are before the courts for robberies, assaults and possession of firearms.
Persaud added that the force continues to address gangs. He said the police have been gathering intelligence on the ‘Hot Skull’ group for more than two years now.
Police have also been able to dismantle other gangs and seized illegal guns.
Over time there have been a string of crimes coming out of Albouytown and committed by perpetrators who reside there.
Many have also argued that the socio-economic factors of the so called ‘depressed community’ have contributed to the instances of criminal activity. Several persons have advocated for help in that regard.
There is also the argument that the community is being ignored by the authorities resulting in poor drainage, joblessness and poor living conditions.
The community has however produced some of Guyana’s outstanding scholars and athletes.