Six Corentyne residents appeared in the Whim Magistrates’ Court on Monday and were charged with the murder of Manchester, Berbice resident, Alfred Munroe called “Guana Man”.
They were all refused bail and remanded to prison.
The 45-year-old man who residents suspected of being a thief, was beaten to death last Thursday at Port Mourant, Corentyne in Berbice. The Police found the man’s bloodied body in the trunk of a car in the Port Mourant area after they responded to a report of a “break and entry” at a store.
The man’s hands and feet were tied and he was unresponsive when found by the police. He was rushed to the hospital where doctors pronounced him dead. An 18-year-old young woman who was in the company of the man was also badly beaten by the residents but she survived her injuries.
Appearing in court to face the indictable charge of murder were 21-year-old Rudolph Samuels, 20-year-old Aris Cecil, 18 year old Richard Griffith, 27-year-old Michael Lewis, 19-year-old Jafar Seetaram and 47-year-old Krishnaraj Jagdeo.
They are all from the Corentyne area and were not required to enter a plea to the murder charge. Magistrate Krishnadat Persaud remanded them all to Prison until May 20, 2013 when they will make another court appearance.
The Prosecution’s case is that on Thursday May 9, 2013 at Port Mourant, the six men suspected the 45-year-old man of breaking into a store in the area and decided to take justice into their own hands “vigilante style” by tying the man up and beating him to death.
The incident marked the second beating death of a suspected thief in the same week. On Wednesday in Sophia, Georgetown, residents tied a suspected thief to a power pole and beat him to death. Three persons were arrested in that case.
The Guyana Police Force has issued a call for citizens to contact the Police if they suspect persons of being involved in crime and not to take matters into their own hands.
The Police Force warns that it intends to take cases of “vigilante justice” very seriously and take “condign action” against those responsible for beating deaths.