By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Commissioner of Police, Seelall Persaud is urging members of the public not to take the law into their own hands but is pledging the support of the Police Force for those who seek to defend themselves and properties against criminals.
The Top Cop made the plea after residents of Sophia allegedly beat the alleged murderer of Sophia vendor, Janice Paul. At approximately 20:15 hrs on July 15, 40-year old Paul and her husband 39-year-old Eusi Paul had just arrived at their Sophai home when they were attacked by, Joel Dalrymple, who was armed with a dagger.
Police say the woman was stabbed about her body and was pronounced dead on arrival at the Georgetown Public Hospital. Her husband sustained injuries to his face and right hand and was treated and sent away.
Police on Saturday reported that some residents found the suspect and allegedly beat and stabbed him to death. When questioned, the Police Commissioner told reporters that the 35 – year – old Dalrymple of ‘B’ Field, Sophia, was picked up by residents at Stabroek Market and was transported back to the scene of the crime in Sophia, under the pretext that he was going to the police station.
While there, other residents came out and the man sustained two stab wounds and was pronounced dead on arrival at the Georgetown Public Hospital.
“People need to know that they can’t take the law into their own hands, everyone needs to defend themselves and their property and in so doing, we support that but you can’t take the law in your own hands,” the Top Cop said.
He further noted that the now dead suspect did not put up a resistance when he was picked up by the residents.
“There was no resistance as far as we know. He’s thinking he’s going to the police but was taken and killed,” Persaud said.
One man has since been arrested in connection with Dalrymple’s murder.