Cop in shooting death of Orin Boston to be charged with manslaughter

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From left Dead: Orin Boston , Director of Public Prosecutions, Shalimar Ali-Hack, SC

The Chambers of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has advised that the Police rank accused of fatally shooting Essequibo businessman, Orin Boston, be charged with the lesser offence of manslaughter.

They Break News understands, that following an investigation, the Police had forwarded a file to the DPP for legal advice. Boston, 29, a father of two, was shot and killed on September 15, 2021, when a party of Policemen stormed into his home at Dartmouth Village, Essequibo.

Police in a statement on the killing had said that ranks were conducting an anti-crime operation in the Police Regional Division Two, and at about 04:00 h they went to Boston’s home to conduct a search. 

During this time, according to a Police statement, there was a confrontation between Boston and a Police rank which resulted in him being shot to his upper left arm. An injured Boston was rushed to the Suddie Public Hospital where he was pronounced on arrival. 

A post mortem examination conducted on his remains revealed that he died as a result of hemorrhage and shock due to gunshot injuries to his chest. The pathologist removed a warhead from his body.

Following the shooting, Police Commissioner (ag) Nigel Hoppie instructed the Police’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) to commence immediately, “a thorough investigation into the matter”.  

After that investigation was done, the file was sent to the Police Complaints Authority for review. The Police Force had previously dismissed assertions that Boston’s death was an act of murder

Moreover, the Police Force had assured Boston’s relatives, and the general general public, that “a thorough, impartial and professional investigation” will be conducted into his death.

Boston’s killing had caused widespread outrage by residents in his community who had commenced burning tyres and other debris on the main roadway in their calls for justice.

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