Press Release - Monthly Crime and Traffic Statistics April 2015

10 May, 2015

The statistics in relation to the offences of murder and robbery under arms at the end of April 2015 with corresponding statistics for the same period in 2014 are attached.

 At the end of April 2015 the Guyana Police Force recorded a 7% increase in serious crimes in comparison to the same period in 2014.  

 Among the serious crimes policed by the Force are murder, robbery under arms, robbery with violence, robbery with aggravation, larceny from the person, break and enter and larceny, burglary, rape, and kidnapping.

 A total of 54 murders were recorded at the end of April 2015 in comparison to 50 murders at the end of April 2014, an increase of 8%.

 At the end of April 2015 robbery under arms overall has decreased by 17% in comparison to the same period in 2014. The statistics indicate a decrease of 23% in the number of armed robberies involving the use of firearms; and a 6% decrease in armed robberies where instruments other than firearms were used by the perpetrators.

 Unto the end of April this year, a total of 29 illegal firearms have been recovered by the police comprising 14 pistols, 8 revolvers, 3 shotguns, 3 rifles and 1 pen-gun.

 There has been no arrest so far in the investigations into the murder of Quincy Bowman, 31 years of Cummings Lodge, ECD, whose body was found with a gunshot injury to the head in the vicinity of Busta Bridge, Festival City, on April 06, 2015.

 Investigations are continuing into the circumstances surrounding the death of Devi Ramadhar, 17 years of Pouderoyen, WBD, whose body was found on the seawall at La Jalousie, WCD, on April 11, 2015. Two men had been arrested and questioned in this matter and subsequently released.

 Investigations into the murder of Shevon Gordon of Block 22, Wismar, who was shot and killed during an armed robbery in front of her residence on April 04, 2015, has resulted in three men and a woman being charged and placed before the court.

 A man known as Robin Thomas, 22 years of West Front Road, Georgetown; Anthony Primo called ‘Shoulders’, of Laing Avenue, Georgetown; and Adina Bowen called ‘Yankee’ of Blueberry Hill, Wismar, have been charged with murder and robbery under arms. In addition, Adina Bowen and Latisha Garraway, 20 years, of Blueberry Hill, have been charged with unlawful possession of firearm component.

They appeared before Magistrate PriyaSewnarine-Beharry at the Georgetown Magistrate Court on Friday May 08, 2015, where they were remanded to prison until May 12, 2015.

There has been no arrest as yet as investigations continue into an incident that occurred at Eccles, EBD, on April 25, 2015, where Attorney-at-Law FazilAzeez was shot and wounded to his abdomen.

There has been no arrest as yet as investigations continue into the murder of Alicia McPherson, 17 years, who was fatally stabbed at ‘B’ Field, Sophia, on April 19, 2015.

Investigations are continuing into the murder of Sherwin Barrow, 19 years, of East Ruimveldt, Georgetown, who was shot and killed during an argument with two men at Warlock, East Ruimveldt, on May 06, 2015. A man had been arrested and later released after questioning.

Investigations are continuing into the murder of businessman Farouk Ghanie, 56 years of Nandy Park, EBD, whose body was found with stab wounds in his yard on April 16, 2015. A man and a woman had been arrested but were subsequently released after questioning.

There has been no arrest as yet as investigations continue into the murder of Patrick Boodie, 38 years of Angoy’s Avenue, New Amsterdam, who was shot and killed during an altercation with two men at Angoy’s Avenue on April 15, 2015.

In continuing efforts aimed at crime prevention, the Guyana Police Force continues to place emphasis on its police-community partnership programmealong with social crime prevention interventions in the Policing Divisions.

During April this year the community projects conducted in “A” Division (Georgetown/East Bank Demerara) included the continuing efforts to empower youths through skills training such as craft making, cosmetology, leather craft, embroidery and educational talks on domestic violence, proper use of the roadways and drugs awareness. A sign indicating the name of the school was donated to the Queenstown Secondary School and a number of kites were distributed to children in various communities.

In “B” Division (Berbice) the police held a fund raising event aimed at garnering funds to aid in the rehabilitation of a building on the playground at Savannah Park, New Amsterdam, in order to convert it into a Research Centre and also distributed kites to youths in several communities.

At Linden in “E” Division educational talks on issues such as domestic violence and drug awareness were held with youths of several Police Youth Clubs including the Wisroc Youth Group, the Victory Valley Youth Group and the Silver Hill/Bamia/KairuniYouth Group. First Aid and Computer training were also held with the youths and kites were distributed to children of various communities.

In addition to the community projects, Divisional Commanders also held community outreach meetings in various communities within their respective Division where they interacted with residents on issues of mutual concern.

During April there was a total of nine interventions supported by the religious community in the Cops and Faith Community Network (CFCN) which treats with juvenile first offenders for minor crimes as a preemptive intervention to the New Opportunity Corps.

Since the launch of the Cops and Faith Community Network and unto April 30, 2015, there has been a total of 153 such interventions. In all cases the youths were counseled by the religious leaders and following the involvement of parents/guardians, and the victims where necessary, the majority of them were warned and sent away.

Also through the Cops and Faith Community Network, the Police Force had on December 06, 2014, formally launched its Family Liaison for victims of serious crimes and domestic violence project, at the Police Officers’ Training Centre, Eve Leary.

It has been recognised that in some instances the victims of serious crimes are not cooperating fully with the police investigators on issues such as giving statements, attending identification parades and attending court. It is therefore felt that the involvement of the religious leaders attached to the CFCN can have a positive impact by way of bringing some psychological relief to the victims in the first instance, along with giving encouragement for their cooperation with the police as well as the provision of feedback to them on the progress of the investigations into a particular matter.

Another benefit seen is that in many instances persons are more comfortable talking to a religious leader and additionally the presence of the religious leader will serve to motivate ranks to be more professional in their delivery of service and consequently assist in enhancing public trust.

In this regard, during April this year there has been a total of 16 interventions by the religious leaders in instances relating to incidents of armed robbery, domestic violence, sexual assault, and attempt suicide where the affected persons were counseled.

In relation to traffic 35 road fatalities from 26 accidents have been recorded at the end of April 2015, in comparison to 36 fatalities from 34 accidents for the same period in 2014.

There have been decreases in all other categories of road accidents – serious, minor and damage.  

Pedestrians has been the main category of road users affected so far in road fatalities with 15 such persons having lost their lives at the end of April 2015. In addition 1 pedal cyclist, 12 persons in motor vehicles, 1 motor cyclist and 6 drivers also lost their lives.

Speeding has been the major contributory factor to fatal accidents, having been the cause of 12 of the 26 fatal accidents unto April2015.    

Traffic enforcement by the police has resulted in a total of 19,525 cases being made against errant motorists at the end of April 2015; of this total 8,070cases were for speeding, 587for driving under the influence of alcohol, 262 for using cell phone while driving and 567 for failing to wear seat belt.

To date there has been 3 road fatalities for May 2015, compared to 4 for the same period last year.

 

 

 

                                                                                                 

 

                                                                                      Ivelaw Whittaker

                                                                                    Public Relations and Press Officer

 

 

 

Monthly Crime and Traffic Statistics April 2015 File(s) Traffic Statistics April 2015

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