Woman remanded for attempted murder of cop

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Maryann Daby

DAYS after 25-year-old Maryann Daby allegedly discharged several rounds in the compound of the Guyana Motor Racing & Sports Club (GMR&SC) at Thomas Lands and later pointed her firearm at a police officer, she was on Tuesday charged and remanded to prison on a string of charges, including attempted murder.

Daby, who is the finance manager of United Commodities, appeared before Principal Magistrate Judy Latchman at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court for discharging a firearm to commit murder and possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.
Particulars of the first charge alleged that on May 13, 2018 at Albert Street, Thomas Lands, Daby discharged a firearm at Police Constable Christopher Kissoon with intent to commit murder. This is an indictable offence.

The court further heard that on the same day, Daby had a .32 pistol in her possession along with six rounds of .32 ammunition to which she holds no licence to carry. She denied the two charges when they were read to her.
Her attorney, Mark Waldron explained to the court that his client is a licensed firearm holder since 2014, however she had updated her licence to a 9mm pistol in 2018, to which she is still to attain.

Waldron further stressed that his client was tested for gunshot residue but that no spent shells were found in the GMRSC compound. Police Prosecutor Inspector Arwin Moore told the court, that on the day in question Constable Kissoon approached Daby after she was seen firing several shots in the air.

When the officer approached Daby she placed the gun to his forehead and pulled the trigger. However the gun was empty. To the astonishment of those present, while the facts were being read in court, Daby’s aunt blurted out, “He (Kissoon) should have dead.”
Moore objected to bail being granted to the woman, citing the seriousness of the charge and the fact that she was not licensed to carry the .32 pistol.
The magistrate ruled in the prosecution’s favour and remanded Daby to prison until May 23. Her attorney however indicated that he will be applying for bail at the High Court.