Top Cop concerned about vigilante justice

Police Commissioner (ag), Seelall Persaud.

By Fareeza Haniff

Commissioner of Police, Seelall Persaud
Commissioner of Police, Seelall Persaud

[] – 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.



  1. Top cop let the ppl deal with them thieves kill them the police force too slow n justice too for how long citizens will continue to loose their love ones walk the streets n u will hear them saying apnu time we do what we want n all those racial slang start charging them put them b 4 the court. Let c how u start

  2. Ref, Guyana Police Service THUGS!

    When the state used Thugs and the Police to kill, maim, and harass the citizenry.

    It is time to take matters into your own hands.

    Guyanese were subjected to Police killings and brutality with impunity, for years.

    That is why there us no trust.

    It will take several years and very had work from the Guyana Police Services within the various communities to re-establish trust and respect for the Police Services in Guyana.

  3. The top cop has to understand that vigilante justice is an indication of the failure of the police force.
    There should be a basic reporting and feed back mecahnism, where when citizens lodge complaints at the station or by phone the police on arriving at the scene should have the complainant signed the police incident book date it and time stamped it.
    The failure of the police to react in a timely manner has resulted in the loss of confidence in the police force and the vigilante justices that we see.

    As a friend of the police i would want to see the police change their modus operandi in execution of their duties.
    Why 9/10 times when ppl call in to the police station they are told there are no vehicles.
    We need to have a minimum of two workable vehicles in each station and they are to be GPS tracked so that their use are not abused for visiting girlfriends and buying food.The minimum amount police on the night shift should be three persons per station and then there are those who are are on call just incase.
    I dont know what strategy Mentore is working on. The police strategy is certainly not working to win the confidence of the ppl.


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