Two Venezuelans among three to be charged for brutal murder of gold miner

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The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has recommended charges for three gold miners – two Venezuelans and a Guyanese – who are accused of the brutal murder of Kevin Allam, a 26-year-old gold miner of Port Kaituma, Region One.

Angel Figuera, 20, of Venezuela and Blankenburg; Gilberto Da Silva, 22, of Venezuela and Tuschen, East Bank Essequibo; and 22-year-old Nadeem Baksh of Airy Hall, Essequibo Coast, will appear at the Port Kaituma Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday via Skype.

Allam was killed on November 27 while working at his shop at White Water Backdam, North West District.

According to police reports, Allam’s reputed wife was at their shop when three men approached her and held by her hair. Police said Allam went to her assistance and was pounced on by the other two suspects, who dealt him several lashes about his body with a piece of wood until he became motionless.

He was then dragged a short distance away during which one of the suspects took out a knife and slit his throat while he was being held down by another.

The bandits then proceeded into the shop and removed some raw gold, but did not harm the wife, who was at the time pleading for her life.

The three suspects were arrested 24 hours after the incident at the Port Kaituma waterfront.

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