Suspect in attack on Joel Simpson turns himself in


Days after the Guyana Police Force (GPF) issued a wanted bulletin for 29-year-old Maverick De Abreu, on Monday afternoon he turned himself in to Police custody at the Brickdam Police Station, accompanied by his attorney, Siand Dhurjon.

The wanted bulletin was issued last Friday for De Abreu for questioning in relation to the assault of gay rights activist and Head of the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD), Joel Simpson.

De Abreu is suspected to be one of the persons who carried out an attack on SASOD’s Head at Bourda Market, Georgetown, following a party at a popular city bar on June 15, 2019.

According to media reports, Simpson had visited the Bourda Market to make a purchase after a night out when he was attacked by six men whom he had allegedly had an earlier encounter with at a popular night club.

Simpson alleged that as he continued to ignore the men while making his order, he was pushed to the ground and badly beaten. Further, it was revealed that a City Constable, who attempted to intervene, was also attacked by the men and was later rescued by market vendors and taken to safety.

After the attack, SASOD’s Head was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) where he sought medical attention for injuries sustained to his hands, knees and sides.

Meanwhile, De Abreu, who is no stranger to the court, was charged back in 2017 for discharging a loaded firearm at his pregnant girlfriend and her sister. However, that charge was dismissed after the virtual complainants refused to give evidence. Another wanted bulletin was issued for De Abreu in relation to an attack on Trinidadian, Rodney LeBlanc commonly known as “Benjai”, which also occurred in 2017. He is currently before the courts for that case.