Residents of Dartmouth on the Essequibo Coast after holding off protests for over four months, launched a massive protest this morning over the killing of businessman Orin Boston Jr.
The residents are upset that the Policeman accused of shooting the businessman dead in his bed was charged for manslaughter and not the more serious charge of murder.
The residents came out early this morning and lit tires on the main access road into the village, demanding that a charge of murder be filed in the matter.
The businessman’s father, Orin Boston Snr. said his son never had any issue with the Police and was never wanted for any crime, and was never involved in any crime.
The man said his son was shot dead in cold blood in his home while with his family and the charge should have been a murder charge and not manslaughter.
“My son was never involved in anything. This man was in his house and in his bed and they kick down the door and went in and shot him dead and then they want to say that is not murder, that’s murder”, the grieving father said.
He said he is supportive of the protest because justice must be served in the matter. The father said the villagers plan to continue the protest until proper justice is served.
The widow of Orin Boston said she is still overcome with grief and really wants justice to be served. Fighting back tears, the woman said she finds it difficult to sleep at night and does not like recalling her husband’s shooting death.
The incident took place in September. Government Ministers and Senior Police Officials rushed into the community at the time and promised a thorough investigation of the incident.
The investigation went on for almost four months and it was only last week that the matter reached the Director of Public Prosecutions and she advised that the Police Officer accused of shooting the businessman dead, be charged for manslaughter, which is a bailable offence.
The Policeman, Sherwin Peters, appeared in Court last Friday and was granted bail in the sum of $1 Million.