Kitty businessman questioned over KN grenade

A Kitty businessman was arrested earlier this week and subsequently released after he was questioned in connection with the lobbing of a grenade outside the Kaieteur News’ office almost one month ago.

Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum told Stabroek News that the businessman was arrested on Monday and questioned. This newspaper understands that the businessman was detained after it was suspected that he had knowledge of the crime. At least two of his relatives were reportedly among the suspects who were initially arrested and questioned.

The explosive device was thrown at a vehicle belonging to KN Publisher Glenn Lall on June 4. The car was parked in front of KN’s Saffon Street building.

The grenade, which did not explode, landed near the front wheels of the vehicle. It was later destroyed by bomb experts at the Kingston seawall.

During the investigation 13 persons were detained, three of whom were charged and remanded to prison.

Alfie Garraway, 36, of Lot 71 Norton Street; Janiel Howard, 20, of Lot 322 Section C Turkeyen and Leroy Williams, 25, of Lot 11 D’Urban Backlands, appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts’ on June 15 and were remanded to prison until July 7.

They were not required to plead to the indictable charge which stated that on June 4 at Saffon Street, Georgetown, they unlawfully and maliciously conspired with other persons to cause an explosion by way of using a grenade, which was likely to endanger life or cause serious damage to property.

The police are still to apprehend Shemar ‘Abdue’ Wilson, 20, who is wanted in connection with the lobbing of the grenade. A wanted bulletin has been issued for him.

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