Cop remanded after ‘accidental’ shooting

-gun licence expired


Police Constable Orrin Arthur was remanded to prison on Wednesday when he was charged with shooting Kerwin Greene at One Mile, Wismar, Linden.

At the Christianburg Magistrates’ Court, Magis-trate Ann McLennan heard that on October 2, Arthur, of 192 Dacama Circle, Linden, allegedly shot Greene with a .38 revolver while being the holder of an expired firearm licence. Arthur was charged with shooting Greene with intent to maim, disfigure, disable or cause grievous harm.

Magistrate McLennan was told that at the time of the shooting Arthur was allegedly attempting to settle a matter with a friend and another resident. Greene allegedly approached him with a gun. While Arthur was allegedly attempting to disarm Greene, his firearm went off and Greene was hit.
In a bail application, the Magistrate was told that Arthur has a fixed place of abode and that he had an unblemished record while serving in Tactical Services and Anti-Crime Units of the Guyana Police Force over the last four years.

Arthur claimed that he reported the matter to the police—a fact disputed by the police prosecutor, who objected to bail on the grounds that the offences were serious and no special reason had been given about why they were committed.

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