‘Notorious’ Mark Royden Williams found guilty of killing soldier


Notorious mass-murderer and death row inmate, Mark Royden Williams was on Friday found guilty of the murder of a Guyana Defence Force (GDF) soldier, Ivor Williams, which occurred in 2008.

Dead: Ivor Williams

Williams, also known as ‘Smallie’, was on trial before Justice Sandil Kissoon at the Georgetown High Court.

The GDF soldier was shot during an armed confrontation between the military and gunmen on January 23, 2008, at Buxton, East Coast Demerara. Williams denied the capital offence.

The jury, after deliberating for over two hours on Friday afternoon, found Williams guilty of murder.

The judge ordered that a probation report is prepared for Williams and deferred sentencing to September 1, 2022,

Williams was represented by attorney Nigel Hughes while the State’s case was presented by Prosecutors Taneisha Saygon and Muntaz Ali.

Last year, Williams was freed of two counts of murder after a jury found him not guilty of killing two men during an armed robbery at a bar at Agriculture Road, Triumph, East Coast Demerara in 2007.

In 2019, Williams was freed of the 2007 murder of Kumar ‘Mango Man’ Singh after a 12-member jury found him not guilty.

In 2017, Williams was sentenced to death on eight counts of murder for the 2008 Bartica massacre. He, however, has appealed both his sentencing and conviction.

Also, in 2013, Williams was found not guilty of 11 counts of murder in relation to the 2008 Lusignan massacre.

Mark Royden Williams
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