September 25, 2016

Alleged arsonist remanded for 2009 Health Ministry fire

Accused arsonist Keith Ferrier

Accused arsonist Keith Ferrier

One of the alleged arsonists who were said to be responsible for setting the Health Ministry on fire seven years ago was on Thursday remanded to prison by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.

Keith Ferrier denied the charge which read that on July 17, 2009, he, along with others, set fire to the Health Ministry.  Bail was denied and the defendant was remanded to prison. He is expected to return to Court on April 4.

According to reports, on the day in question, about 03:00h, perpetrators hurled improvised bombs made with channa and fuel into the upper flat of the main building of the Ministry. As a result of the fire, more than 200 persons were dislocated and the entire building destroyed.

Following an investigation, it was concluded that the fire was an act of arson.

After the fire, the Guyana Police Force had issued a wanted bulletin for Ferrier; George Lashley, 60, of Lot 187 Freeman Street, East La Penitence, Georgetown and 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, while Ferrier evaded Police capture after being released on $350,000 bail.  Ferrier was nabbed on Monday at a business establishment on North Road, Bourda after Police ranks recognised him.

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