Witnesses fear testifying against suspected gang members accused of trying to kill former Policeman ‘Spoil Child’
Witnesses are fearful of testifying against two members of an alleged mob gang who were charged with the attempted murder of former policeman Teon Allen known as ‘Spoil Child.’
Leshawn Lewis of East Ruimveldt, Georgetown, who is bedridden due to a bullet being lodged to his back, and Renard Caesar of Linden, are charged with trying to murder to Allen.
According to reports, Lewis and Caesar are a part of a Cayenne-based Guyanese gang, operating in Linden, Region 10.
Allen is also a resident of Linden and reports indicate that there is an ongoing feud between two gangs. Allen is a well-known criminal character and has been on the Police’s radar for quite some time.
He was charged in 2017 for harbouring two wanted men who broke out of the Camp Street prison on July 9, 2017.
He was also charged with a series of firearm and ammunition cases, but those matters were later dismissed due to insufficient evidence.
In September this year, he was charged for discharging a firearm with intent to commit murder and was released on $50,000 bail.
A wanted bulletin was issued for him in connection with the attempted murder of Denise Grant and Tiffany McDeth, in Amelia’s Ward, Linden, Region 10 on September 2, 2019.
It was only Tuesday that Allen was nabbed in a motorcar with an unlicensed firearm at Rahaman’s turn, Houston East Bank Demerara.
The News Room had reported that the former policeman along with Jason Gonsalves of William Street, Kitty and Shaquille George were arrested after they crashed into a fence following a chase by the Police.
Reports indicate that Allen, who was the driver of the car, pointed a gun at the Police when he was shot.
A 9mm pistol was found in the driver’s side of the car. Police Headquarters are yet to issue an official statement on the incident.
As such, Allen is in Police custody and was unable to appear in court for the trial to commence before the Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrate’s court.
Police Prosecutor Neville Jeffers told the court that witnesses in the attempted murder case contacted the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and explained that they are fearful for their lives if they attend court.
The matter was forced into an adjournment until December 6, 2019.
The fear of witnesses coming forward to give testimony could be linked to an incident recently.
Earlier this month, the charred remains suspected to be that of Collin Rodney, 36, was found in a burnt vehicle at Letter T, Mahaicony, East Coast Demerara.
Rodney was the key witness in the murder trial of his cousin Marlon Rodney. He went missing while on his way to court.