Tomb of prisoner broken into, fake jewellery stolen


Thieves on Tuesday evening reportedly broke into the tomb which the now deceased prisoner, Winston Hinds was buried in at the Christianburg Cemetery, and stole the “fake jewellery” that was also buried with the body.

Winston Hinds

Based on information received, the matter was reported to Hinds’ family on Wednesday and it was discovered that a gold plated chain and ring had been taken off of the dead man’s body.

On August 4, Director of Prisons Gladwin Samuels confirmed that a fatal incident occurred at the Timehri Prison at approximately 17:00hrs involving murder accused, Hinds, which led to his demise.

Hinds was reportedly one of the prisoners who was transferred from the Camp Street Prison after the July 9 Prison unrest in the city.

The circumstances, as reported to the Director of Prisons by Timehri Prison officials, are that several prisoners were involved in a serious physical altercation and assault in which they were using improvised weapons. Prison officers attempted to restore order by breaking up the violent fracas.

During this process, Hinds reportedly fled into the prison yard in an apparent bid to escape. Clear and repeated orders were allegedly issued for Hinds to desist but he refused in every instance and continued running.

This publication was also informed that Hinds reportedly attacked one of the wardens.

According to a statement from the Department of Public Information (DPI), the Prison officers were left with no other option than to curtail his escape bid.

“This necessitated the use of live rounds as a last resort after every other option had failed. Hinds was struck on the body by a single round and was immediately taken to the East Bank Demerara Hospital Complex at Diamond where he was pronounced dead on arrival” DPI had said.


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