Ex-convict to be charged for setting fire to police station

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A 29-year-old man, who was previously sentenced to jail for escaping from the Camp Street Prison, will on Wednesday be charged for setting fire to the Arakaka Police Outpost, North West District (NWD).

Police disclosed that the Chambers of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) advised that Roscoe McIntyre be charged for setting fire to a public building contrary to section 143 of the Criminal Law (Offences) Act Cap 8:01.

He will appear at the Port Kaituma Police Station on Wednesday to answer to the said charge via zoom.

The incident occurred at about 20:30h on December 11, 2020.

The News Room reported that a subordinate officer, who was on duty at the time, along with other ranks, said he was performing duties in the enquiries office when a loud explosion was heard and followed by a huge blaze to the front door of the building.

The torched police outpost (Photo: Guyana Police Force/December 11, 2020)

They immediately rushed and extinguished the fire.

Further checks disclosed that the front door of the building was scorched and a partly burnt five-gallon bottle was at the front door. They made further checks around the building, but no one was seen around the area.

No one was injured during the incident.

In 2017, McIntyre was sentenced to 12 months in jail for escaping from the Camp Street Prison while on remand for a criminal charge. In 2014 and 2018, McIntyre was hauled before the City Court for break and enter with larceny, however the charges were later dismissed.

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