Life imprisonment for man who killed cop

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Twenty-nine-year-old Delon Abrams known as ‘Roachie’ was today sentenced to life imprisonment by High Court Judge, Justice Sandil Kissoon for the death of a police officer.

Abrams, formerly of South Ruimveldt, Georgetown, was charged with the murder of Silburn Elias, a member of the Guyana Police Force, who was acting in the execution of his duties on January 6, 2014.

He is not eligible for parole.

The defendant pleaded guilty to the lesser count of manslaughter; he was represented by Attorney Maxwell McKay while the State was represented by Mandel Moore and Abigail Gibbs.

Police Corporal Detective Elias was shot dead after he entered a yard to capture Abrams, who had escaped police custody.

Abrams had been arrested by public-spirited persons on January 6, 2014, and handed over to the police after allegedly breaking into a house at Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, and stealing items.

He was escorted to the Georgetown Public Hospital by a constable, who was armed with his .38-calibre service revolver.

Police said that it was in the hospital compound that Abrams managed to overpower the policeman and take away his firearm before escaping.

He was chased by the police and ended up in a yard at Fourth Street, Alberttown, Georgetown. Abrams discharged several rounds at the police officers during which Elias was shot twice.

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