Two others charged with murder of GPL Security Chief


THE two other men arrested by police this week in connection with the murder of the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) Chief Security Officer, Clifford Peters, have been charged with murder and will appear before Acting Chief Magistrate Melissa Robertson-Ogle on Monday.

One of the two has also been slapped with a robbery under arms charge in an unrelated case.

The men were charged yesterday with the capital offence after being picked up by police last Wednesday night.

Crime Chief Seelall Persaud, when contacted yesterday, said that one of the men is also charged with an armed robbery and shooting committed last April on Joseph Pollydore Street.

The third accomplice, 22-year-old West Ruimveldt resident, Arnim Griffith, was charged with murder earlier this month following the May 4 shooting.

He was subsequently remanded to prison and will appear again next Friday.

Police had for some time now been hunting the two others and although the identities of the men were known, there was some difficulty in locating them. However, diligent police investigations led to the men’s arrest this week.

Griffith had been positively identified by members of the GPL Loss Reduction crew that were with Peters at the time of his death.

The GPL Security boss had been gunned down while he and his crew were conducting the removal of illegal connections in the Lamaha Park area, a city ward.

Reports at the time had suggested that four men were involved in the shooting, but police had announced earlier this week that the gang was narrowed to three.

Peters, who was also a former Deputy Superintendent with the Guyana Police Force, was stripped of his jewellery and licensed firearm after the gunmen pumped three bullets into him.

He was buried last May 14 following two highly emotional ceremonies at a city funeral home and the St. George’s Cathedral.

The power company has for the past few years, been waging a seemingly unending battle with members of the public who are engaged in the illegal theft of electricity.

Company officials had related to the media recently that for the past year GPL statistics show that the number of persons who steal “current” from the company is well above 20,000.

All of their illegal connections were removed by Loss Reduction crews during raids similar to the one in which Peters was murdered.