September 27, 2016

Alleged arsonist for court today

Health Ministry fire

Keith Ferrier, who was nabbed on Monday as one of the suspects who set the Health Ministry on fire seven years ago, is expected to be charged and arraigned today.

Arson suspect Keith Ferrier

Arson suspect Keith Ferrier

The raging fire at the Health Ministry in 2009

The raging fire at the Health Ministry in 2009

The suspected arsonist was apprehended at a business establishment on North Road, Bourda after Police ranks recognised him.
Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum told Guyana Times that the file was with the Director of Public Prosecutions and once it was returned, the suspect will pass through the court system. This is expected to be done today.
After the fire, the Guyana Police Force had issued a wanted bulletin for Ferrier and George Lashley, 60, of Lot 187 Freeman Street, East La Penitence, Georgetown among others for setting the fire.
However, Clayton Westford, 19, an office assistant of 7 West La Penitence, and 21-year-old Tedena Bagot, a pork-knocker of 32 Second Street, Alexander Village, were subsequently charged for the fire.
On July 17, 2009, about 03:00h, perpetrators hurled improvised bombs made with channa and fuel into the upper flat of the main building of the Health Ministry. As a result of the fire, more than 200 persons were dislocated and the entire building destroyed.
Police removed channa bombs from inside the compound and also discovered that louver windows on another building in the compound were damaged. Pieces of glass and channa were found inside and outside the building. After an investigation, it was concluded that the fire was an act of arson.

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