A prisoner has confessed to setting the Brickdam Police Station on fire out of frustration after being kept in the lock-ups for hours. According to a statement from Police Headquarters, 26-year-old Clarence Greene, of 2292 Princes Street Lodge, Georgetown confessed to the crime on video.
Greene was arrested on October 2, 2021, and placed in the Brickdam Police Station lock-ups for an alleged robbery under-arms. During interrogation, he told detectives that his motive for starting the fire was due to him being frustrated after he was detained there for several hours.
Following the devastating fire on Saturday, the prisoners who were in the lock-ups were questioned and two of them said that after they observed the fire, they were taken out of their cells and escorted to the
Sparendaam Police Station lock-ups. While there, they were placed in a cell with Greene.
The duo told investigators that Green told them that he took a piece of sponge, wrapped it up on a piece of wire which he lit, and pushed it through a ventilation hole in the cell over to a part that had some documents. Soon after, the station went up in flames.
Following this revelation, Greene was then video interviewed/questioned by detectives during which he confessed to the crime.
The Brickdam Police Station has been temporarily relocated to St Stanislaus College. President Ifraan Ali has since blasted the Guyana Fire Service’s response to the fire which destroyed 80 per cent of the century-old police station which also houses the divisional headquarters for Police ‘A’ Division.