ECD protest: 15 persons on bail, another fined for riotous behaviour

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Following Tuesday’s protest on the East Coast Demerara (ECD) over the Police shooting death of 23-year-old father of one, Quindon Bacchus, several persons were on Wednesday charged for behaving in a riotous manner when they appeared at the Cove and John Magistrate’s Court.

The protest which started out peacefully, turned violent, with persons burning piles of wood, tyres and a minibus and looting the stalls of vendors at the Mon Repos Market. Several persons, including a Police rank were injured during the protest.

A report from the Guyana Police Force (GPF) on the court proceedings is as follows:

Accused:

1. Rondolph Murphy,  50-year-old  male of Belfield Housing Scheme, East Coast Demerara.

2. Jawonza Fowler, 18-year-old male of Hackett Street, Golden Grove, East Coast Demerara.

3. Michael Moore,  23-year-old male of Victoria, East Coast Demerara.

4. Rawl Griffith, 45-year-old male of Haslington, East Coast Demerara.

5. George Teixy,  31-year-old male of Haslington, East Coast Demerara.

6. Daniel Thomas,  19-year-old male of  Haslington, East Coast Demerara.

7. Legendi Pompey,  33-year-old  male of Haslington, East Coast Demerara.

8. Seon Austin,  31-year-old male of Golden Grove, East Coast Demerara.

9. Quice Lawrence,  40-year-old male of Golden Grove, East Coast Demerara.

10. Winston James, 23-year-old male of Victoria, East Coast Demerara.

11. Andrew Sumner,  59-year-old male of Victoria, East Coast Demerara.

12. Shentel Caesar, 25-year-old of Melanie, ECD.

13. Rondel Clarke,  21-year-old male of Ann’s Grove, ECD.

14. Shamar Payne,  23-year-old male of Bachelor’s Adventure, ECD.

15. Kevon Nicholas, 18-year-old male of Haslington, ECD.

16. Kester Paul,  24-year-old male of Haslington, ECD.

Offence:  Riotous Behaviour Contrary to Section 136 (b) of the Summary Jurisdiction (Offences) Act Chapter 8:02.

Facts: The accused appeared at the Cove and John Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Fabayo Azore who read the charges to them. With the exception of Andrew Sumner, they all pleaded not guilty.

Bail was granted to them in the sum of $15,000 each.  Sumner alone was fined $20,000.

Cases adjourned to 19th October, 2022.

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