Last week Guyana celebrated its 50th anniversary of Independence. In the post-colonial narrative of the Caribbean, Guyana has always been an enigma.
A 28-year-old man, who was previously convicted of robbing former president Sir Ellis Clarke, was shot dead on Monday night at Dibe, Long Circular, St James. Police said around 10.45 pm, Donatus Glasgow, a construction worker, was walking with his sister in an area known as the “Creek” when they heard several gunshots. The siblings began running towards their home and Glasgow jumped into an abandoned chest freezer at the side of the road to evade the gunfire.
Glasgow’s sister told police that after the gunshots ended she returned to the area to check on her brother and found him lying inside the appliance bleeding from several injuries. He had been shot several times in the chest and was pronounced dead on the scene. His sister told police that less than an hour before the shooting, her brother was liming with a group of men from the area when he had an argument with one of them. The man left and threatened to shoot Glasgow when he returned. Glasgow left the lime, his sister said.
Investigators said they know the identity of the suspect and his arrest is imminent. Glasgow’s murder has been classified as gang-related. In October 2004, Glasgow and his 16-year-old friend, Ray Paul Julien, both pleaded guilty to robbing Clarke and his then chauffeur Keith Bastaldo. On September 25, that year, both men went to Pine Grove Villas, Golf Course Road, Maraval, where they robbed a security guard on duty.
Clarke and Bastaldo were driving past the guard booth at the same time and were also robbed of their cash, cellphones and Clarke’s Audi car. Another resident of the complex, Sonya Raffoul, was also robbed. Clarke’s car was later found abandoned a short distance away. Glasgow served three years in jail for the crime. Senior Supt Ishmael David and Insps Henry Dann and Thomas are continuing investigations.
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