Cop recruit shot dead at Tuschen

A 25-year-old police recruit was shot dead in Tuschen, East Bank Essequibo last night by suspected robbers as he walked a dark, lonely street with his girlfriend.

Only a bag containing his police outfit was taken from Harold Haimchand Sukhai but it was dropped as the bandits fled. Sukhai was returning to the police training base at Eve Leary when the incident occurred shortly before 10 pm.

It was the first time that he had taken his girlfriend home, relatives said. Based on initial accounts, Sukhai was shot once in the chest. His body lay on the street for over half an hour as police conducted investigations. His girlfriend was later taken to the Leonora Police Station to give a statement.

Dead: Harold Haimchand Sukhai

Dead: Harold Haimchand Sukhai

Sukhai’s sister, Ramdularie Bissessar told Stabroek News that her brother had come home for the weekend. He stayed with their parents on School Street in the Tuschen Housing Scheme. He did not usually walk out of the Scheme but on this occasion, he did, she said. She related that her mother said that he had left the house at about 8:30pm. She said that usually her brother would take a taxi to take him to the main road but did not do so on this occasion and he was also walking down a dark, lonely street, something he also did not normally do.

According to reports, three men accosted Sukhai and his girlfriend. Stabroek News was told that one held on to the young woman while two went after him. It was not clear whether there was a scuffle before Sukhai was shot. “Me been in the bathroom wen me hear gunshots,” one resident said. Relatives said that a bag containing Sukhai’s police outfit was taken. He walked with another haversack …..To continue reading, login or subscribe now.

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