September 28, 2016

Victim acted in self-defence, charges unlikely – Crime Chief

Shot Sophia bandit

…post-mortem set for today

A post-mortem examination is scheduled to be conducted today on the body of a 21-year-old who was shot dead in the wee hours of Monday while attempting to rob two persons in Campbellville, Georgetown.

Isaiah Lennox Marques, of Lot 346 Painlane, ‘B’ Field, Sophia, Greater Georgetown, sustained a single gunshot wound to his abdomen and was pronounced dead on arrival at the Georgetown Public Hospital. The post-mortem examination will be conducted at the Georgetown Public Hospital Mortuary.

According to reports, around 02:00h, Carl Haynes and his sister, Rayon, were walking along Second Street, Campbellville when they were held at gunpoint by the now dead man.

During the confrontation, Haynes and his sister put up a fight and in retaliation, the perpetrator pulled the trigger of the firearm he was carrying, but it snapped. At this point, Haynes pulled out his service revolver and discharged a round at the armed bandit.

An unlicensed .32 revolver was recovered on the perpetrator by the Police. Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum told Guyana Times that investigations were ongoing into the matter. However, he explained that charges were unlikely to be instituted against Haynes, a security guard, since he was defending himself against the perpetrator during an attempted robbery.

Meanwhile, this newspaper was reliably informed that Marques was a known character to the Police and had been charged with similar offences in the past. On February 25, 2013, he was charged with robbery under arms and on February 13, 2014, he was slapped with another four charges of robbery under arms.

He was also charged for break and enter and larceny in February 2014 and in August 2015, he was charged for possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking.
The young man was released on bail on January 29, 2016.

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