Courtney Crum-Ewing was murdered during the run-up to one of the country’s most overwrought General
and Regional Elections, and now one year later, Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum has disclosed that investigations into the matter is still ongoing.
He however declined to provide any details on new angles being pursued, new evidence or even to comment on the pace of investigations.
Nonetheless, Blanhum noted that Crum-Ewing’s family is being regularly posted on the latest developments arising from investigations.
To no avail, investigators have explored numerous politically-related angles in pursuit of the murderers of the political activist, whose upswing to stardom only escalated after his tragic death.
Given the circumstances surrounding his untimely demise, masses of Guyanese including political leaders were not the least bit hesitant to point fingers towards the past administration as the political masterminds behind the killing. It was not long before this notion gained traction, creating the ideal opportunity for the APNU/AFC coalition to score political points – and such began the campaign “Justice for Crum – Ewing.”
The coalition laboriously campaigned on this slogan, propelling the popular perception that the former administration was threatened by the activist and hence ordered his death, and with that fixation, the APNU/AFC vehemently promised to put behind bars Crum-Ewing’s killers.
From the former Attorney General Anil Nandlall’s bodyguard Rajput Narine to Freedom House employees Kwame McCoy and Jason Abdulla as well as controversial self-confessed death squad killer Sean Hinds, authorities arrested, harassed and interrogated a number of politically-connected individuals in the Crum-Ewing murder investigation.
However, investigators are yet to lay a single charge or even seemingly unearth evidence that supports the belief that the former administration is responsible for the man’s death – a notion which could very well be a misconception.
Critics have contended that perhaps Crum-Ewing’s murder was not even remotely related to politics.
Prior to the former administration affiliates, the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) had arrested Regan Rodrigues, known as “Grey Boy” who was subsequently charged with the murder.
A father of three, Crum-Ewing, 40, was gunned down execution-style on March 10, 2015, as he was advocating for residents of the Diamond Housing Scheme to cast their votes in favour of the APNU/AFC coalition.
Also a former soldier, Crum-Ewing was known for staging regular picketing exercises outside of the Attorney General Anil Nandlall’s Office calling for his removal.
He was shot five times – three bullets went to the head, while one struck the back of the neck and the fifth entered under one arm.
All the bullets were fired from behind and at close range except for the one that hit under his arm and exited his shoulder.
Following his death, the APNU/AFC had promised to hold independent inquiries into the killing of Crum-Ewing. In fact, the coalition had urged Guyanese to vote for them if they wanted to see justice for Crum Ewing. Yet to date, there appears to be little progress with the investigations.
During an interview with this publication, Crum-Ewing’s mother Donna Harcourt said she is satisfied with the pace of the investigations and with the persons who were hauled in for questioning.
“All those persons who were brought in for questioning, their names were called the very week he was killed,” she stated.
Meanwhile, the family is confident in the police force’s ability to one day capture the real killer(s) and are urging that the matter be dealt with more urgently.