A police rank who allegedly provided the gun used in the murder of popular businessman Godfrey Scipio during last month has been taken into custody for questioning.
Commander of ‘A’ Division Marlon Chapman yesterday confirmed that the rank was arrested on Tuesday.
Stabroek News understands that the rank is being accused of providing his service firearm to the prime suspect.
On October 17, the prime suspect Aubrey Bobb, 26, of 79 William Street, Kitty, appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan, who read a charge which alleged that on October 12, at Stanley Place, Kitty, he murdered Scipio, in the course or furtherance of a robbery.
Bobb, who was not required to enter a plea to the indictable charge, was subsequently remanded to prison.
A second charge was also read to Bobb for the unlawful possession of 58 grammes of cannabis for trafficking, on October 13, at William Street, Kitty.
He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three years in jail and fined $34,800.
Scipio, called “Saga,” of Lot ‘ZZ’ 22 D’Urban Street, Wortmanville, Georgetown, was shot once in his abdomen around 4.20 am on October 12 at Stanley Place, Kitty during a robbery.
He subsequently succumbed to his injuries while receiving medical attention at the Woodlands Hospital.
The police, in a statement had said that initial investigations revealed that Scipio and a female companion had just exited a city hotel and were entering his vehicle when a lone gunman pounced on them, demanding cash and jewellery.
The police said the suspect discharged a round, hitting Scipio in the abdomen, then relieved him of his jewellery and escaped on foot.
Investigators had ruled out robbery as the motive.
Scipio was a well-known businessman in the Stabroek Market area. He owned a wholesale and retail business near the Berbice bus park.