Two suspects wanted for Reg. 1 double murder


Thomas Kyte called ‘Taco’ and Kurtland Damon called ‘Cartoe’ are wanted for questioning in relation to the double murder which occurred On December 24, 2021 at the Nassano Backdam in the North West District.

Dead are Sherwin Goddett, a 29-year-old gold miner of Dredge Creek in the Upper Pomeroon, and Shawn France, a 21-year-old gold miner from Akawini Creek, Pomeroon.

Kyte is a 36-year-old man whose last known address is at Matthew’s Ridge, North West District, Region One.

Damon is 50-years-old and his last known addresses are Pomeroon in Region Two and Friendship on the East Bank of Demerara (EBD), Region Four.

According to a police report, Godette and France are relatives, both employed by 46-year-old gold miner Terrence Evans.

At about 11:00hrs on December 24, Goddette, France and two other miners left their camp at the backdam and went to a landing at Indra’s Shop where they purchased five bottles of Black Stone rum.

About 22:30hrs, however, France had a heated argument with Marie Welcome, a 29- year-old bartender at the shop, over a bottle of champagne. And police reported that France became annoyed and threw the bottle to the ground.

As such, a scuffle ensued between the individuals at the shop and France reportedly attacked several individuals with a pair of scissors. While France attempted to stab another gold miner identified as 35-year-old Alvon Claus, the man discharged a single round from his licensed firearm in the air after which the fighting ceased.

During the scuffle, however, Devor Stohl called ‘Jubbu’ sustained a cut to his abdomen which caused his intestine to protrude.

According to Daniel Beck, another patron of the bar, Damon, who is Devor’s father, and Kyte attacked the group comprising Godette and France.  Goddette and France were, reportedly, fatally stabbed.

Stohl was air-dashed to the Georgetown Public Hospital on Christmas Day, where he is presently a patient.

After the fatal event, a report was made at the Port Kaituma Police Station. And sometime later, ranks visited the area and discovered the bodies of Goddette and France lying motionless, face-up about 15 feet apart. France was shirtless and both bodies were in an advanced state of decomposition.

The ranks later buried the bodies and marked the grave with a view of exhumation at a later date.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Kyte and Damon is asked to contact the police on 226-6978, 225-8196, 265-2233, 265-2222, 227-1149 or the nearest police station.

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