By Sauchel Giles
A New and United Guyana (ANUG) has written to Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan, Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Anil Nandlall, SC, and Top Cop Nigel Hoppie requesting that a coroners inquest be conducted into the deaths of two suspected bandits who were shot and killed by the Police.
David Smith called ‘Ding Docker’ and Quacy Jupiter called ‘Burlyn’were shot and killed by ranks of the Police Force on Saturday, October 2, at the University of Guyana (UG) Access Road, Greater Georgetown. The political party is requesting that the inquest be conducted pursuant to section 5 of the Coroners Act.
The party is urging the Attorney General and others to “promptly investigate the circumstances of the unnatural deaths of Smith and Jupiter and conduct an inquiry or inquest to determine whether those circumstances warrant the prosecution of any person for a criminal offence related to those deaths.”
ANUG underscored that it is interested in promoting the rule of law, including adherence to statutory requirements to promote transparency and fight corruption and abuse of power.
Smith and Jupiter were identified as suspects in the robbery/murder of 19-year old Joshua Denny of Festival City, North Ruimveldt, Georgetown. The young electrician and father of one was shot by bandits on September 30, moments after leaving home for work. He reportedly received two gunshot wounds.
He was robbed of only a gold chain valued at $170,000; his cell phone and wallet were found in his pocket.
Smith and Jupiter were shot dead by the Police during a stakeout at UG Access Road. A Police report said that ranks received information that Smith and Jupiter were hiding out in the area.
After the two men were shot and killed, Police found two firearms and several rounds of ammunition in their possession. A motorcycle was also found in their possession. A man later went to the Police and claimed that he was robbed of the said motorcycle on September 27, 2021, at Campbellville, Georgetown.
The man told Police that he was beaten by Jupiter and Smith during the robbery and he sustained injuries to his lower abdomen. He stated that after the images of Jupiter and Smith were published by the Police on social media, he recognised his motorcycle and immediately lodged a report at the Police station.
While there, he was shown a Samsung Galaxy cellphone retrieved from Jupiter; he also identified the phone as his belongings. ANUG is headed by Senior Counsel Ralph Ramkarran. It was among the small political parties which contested the March 2020 General and Regional Elections.