Prison officer killed in Camp Street unrest, conflagration laid to rest

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Scores of people gathered at the Lyken Funeral Parlour on Norton Street, Newburg, Georgetown earlier today to mourn the loss and pay their final respects to Prison Officer, Odinga Wickham who succumbed after being shot by a prisoner while on duty during the July 9, Camp Street prison riot and fire.

Among those gathered to pay respect to the deceased was Director of Prison, Gladwin Samuels.

Relatives of the dead prison officer were in tears as they each went into the funeral parlour to view their loved one for the last time.

Wickham was described by his friends and family as a cheerful and positive individual.

Thus far, police are still hunting the criminals responsible for his death.

Four prisoners identified as Mark Durant Williams, Uree Varswyck, Stafrei Hopkinson Alexander, and Cobena Stephens, out of the initial six, that escaped lawful custody on the day that Wickham met his demise and are still at large.

Meanwhile, the Guyana Police Force in a released statement has re-issued wanted bulletins for the remaining 10 escapees who are on the run from both the Camp Street and Lusignan prisons.

The Force said it “is appealing to members of the public, relatives and friends to give any relevant information as to the whereabouts of these escapees so that they can be captured and returned to the prison.”
 
Also an appeal is being made to the escapees to surrender to the police or relevant authority, to avoid any serious confrontation that is likely to result in the use of force.
“All information will be treated with a high degree of confidence and also the rights of those escapees will be respected and upheld” said the Police.
 
Anyone with information that may lead to the arrest of Clive Forde C/D El Sinkie, Kendall Skeete, Paul Goriah, Shawn Harris C/D Shawny, Pascal Smith, Kerry Cromwell, Mark Royden Durant C/D Royden Williams and Smallie, Stafrie Alexander Hopkinson, Uree Varswyck C/D Malcolm Gordon and Cobena Stephens C/D OJ are asked to contact the police on telephone numbers 225-6411, 225-8196, 225-2227, 227-1149, 226-7065, 911 or the nearest police station.

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