[www.inewsguyana.com] – Self confessed ‘death squad’ member, Sean Hinds has sought to clear his name in the murder of political activist, Courtney Crum – Ewing, who was gunned down on March 10, 2015 at Third Avenue, Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara while using a bull horn to encourage residents to vote for the APNU+AFC.
Hinds, during an exclusive interview with Travis Chase of HGPTV Nightly News on Tuesday, July 21, has since pointed fingers at two activists of the now Opposition People’ Progressive Party, whom he said should be questioned by the police.
After four months, investigators finally made an arrest on Friday last in the man’s murder but Police Commissioner, Seelall Persaud would not reveal the identity of the suspect in custody or where he was arrested so as not to hamper the investigations.
As such, Hinds believes that the man currently in police custody may have identified him as the shooter, thus his decision to speak out and clear his name.
“Somebody implicate me in Crum-Ewing murder, saying that I was the person who pass the money or the person who went with the killer. At no time, I did not went with no killer,” Hinds told Travis Chase.
According to Hinds, he was at home with his family on the night of the murder. He further explained that he was visited the PPP’s Freedom House Headquarters on Robb Street on Tuesday, after he noticed a heavily tinted vehicle in close proximity to his home.
The former policeman said that upon arrival at Freedom House, he was surprised with the behavior of renowned PPP activist who served in the previous government, after he related his concerns to him.
“Them people know who kill this man you know. And yesterday [Tuesday] when I go and tell this man and I go in there for a little shelter to settle me nerves and to catch myself and if you see this man how he jittery boy. If you see how this man operating jittery jittery jittery.”
Hinds further opined that another PPP activist may have paid for Crum-Ewing’s execution; describing him as a popular businessman who owns a TV Station.
The death squad member made it clear that he is not afraid to reveal the names of those whom he believe are responsible for killing Crum-Ewing. It should be noted that the Police Commissioner recently noted that the Guyana Police Force is investigating a possible political linkage to Crum-Ewing’s death.
He was shot five times, including three times to the head at point blank range. The former GDF Solider had staged a protest for several weeks outside the office of then Attorney General, Anil Nandlall between November and December 2014 calling for his resignation following allegations of corruption and threats to journalists.
During an interview with iNews on December 23, 2014 Crum – Ewing had expressed fear for his life following the burglary of his Pit Bull bus.
Crum – Ewing had told iNews, “This is serious stuff and I’m beginning to worry for my life, my safety. You gotta gimme a gun, I’m trained to carry a firearm; I need personal protection. I need a licensed firearm. I have reasons to fear.”
Crum-Ewing was taken into police custody on December 11, 2014 at the Brickdam Police Station for allegedly breaching the ‘peace’ during one of his protests.
His lawyer, Nigel Hughes had also revealed that the father of three was threatened by two high ranking officials of the then PPP government and had lodged a report at the Brickdam Police station concerning the issue.
Hughes was at the time was responding to concerns raised by former President Donald Ramotar about Crum-Ewing’s death being labelled as a political assassination.
Ramotar had said if the persons indicating that the crime was politically motivated are merely expressing an opinion, it can be considered as instigating social unrest.
But Hughes in response noted that if the [former] President wishes for him to name the officials, then he will do so.