Bodyguard shot dead during robbery on Christmas Eve

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Garfield Newton, a 36-year-old training officer/bodyguard at Beharry Group of Companies was shot dead on Christmas Eve night during a robbery at 

Campbell Street, Albouystown, Georgetown.

Newton of 454 Mandela Avenue, Georgetown was robbed by three unidentifiable males who are still at large, the Guyana Police Force said in a report Saturday. 

He was relieved of a silver hand band, a gold chain and two gold finger rings, a Glock 9MM pistol and two magazines of 15 rounds each, and a cellphone. The value of the items is unknown.

Investigations revealed that on the date and time mentioned Newton went to a goldsmith at Campbell Street, Albouystown, where he collected a silver hand band, a gold chain, and two gold finger rings. He had taken the items to the goldsmith to have them cleaned.

He then left walking along Campbell Street heading in a northern direction to motor van GPP 7505 which is owned by the company he is employed with. The vehicle was parked along Sussex Street, Albouystown, Georgetown. About five minutes later, the goldsmith was informed by a teenager that the person who collected the jewellery was shot and lying on the street. 

As a result the goldsmith went out and saw Newton lying motionless on his abdomen. Newton was examined by Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) who pronounced him dead at the scene. There was a gunshot wound on his left side chest.

The firearm and ammunition – property of Beharry Group of Companies – jewellery and cellphone mentioned were not found on his person or in the vehicle. 

His body was escorted to the Memorial Gardens Funeral Home where it is awaiting a post mortem examination.

Police are investigating the theory that three males in a motorcar were seen fleeing the scene shortly afterwards.

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