Charity minibus driver calls for swift justice after being shot by bandit at Parika.

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Ishan Ally

30-year-old Ishan Ally of Charity, Essequibo Coast was shot and robbed at gunpoint two weeks ago while at Parika, East Bank Essequibo, and is now living in fear for his life and the lives of his family.

The incident occurred on November 23 at around 3:00 a.m. in proximity to a fast-food restaurant at Parika. Ally was at the time in the company of relatives who were visiting from overseas.

He explained to They Break New on Thursday that at the time of the robbery, he and his relative were waiting for the signal to board the Supenaam/Parika ferry at 5:00 a.m. because the stelling was busy. Then 30-year-old Deodat Gopaul accompanied by other persons pounced on them. Gopaul was carrying a gun.

“He (Gopaul) pressed his hand to my brother’s neck and when I tried to ask what was going on, he shot me in my left leg,” Ally said.

He recalled undergoing a surgery the following day at a private hospital to have the bullet removed from his leg.

Ally claims that the incident was reported to the Leonora Police Station, and that he was forced to show up in person at the Leonora Magistrates Court on Friday, November 25. When he got to the court, he was informed that no hearing date had been scheduled. The assailant was subsequently arrested.

As a result of the incident, the father of one is unable to get a source of income for his family.

“I would like the police to get back to me on a court date, I need justice for this matter. I cannot provide for my family for the Christmas holiday,” Ally noted.

Gopaul is being held on remand, according to Mark Ramotar, head of the Corporate Communications Unit of the Guyana Police Force (GPF).

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