Rodrigues' wife, others remanded
- cop's funeral for Saturday

by Daniel DaCosta
Stabroek News
March 22, 2000

Alicia Drepaul, 23, reputed wife of slain fugitive Hilton Rodrigues called 'Chammar' was among four persons who were remanded to prison yesterday on separate charges.

Drepaul was refused bail by Magistrate Oscar Parvattan at the Whim Magistrate's Court when she appeared to answer a charge of unlawful possession of military stores.

Rodrigues' 28-year-old brother Lloyd Bethune, Marvin Jaundoo and Sharmilla Singh, were also remanded on charges of possession of firearms without the required licence. Jaundoo and Singh were allegedly found with a telescopic sight. The four who hail from Cromarty will return to court on April 17.

The four were arrested last weekend by the police in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of police constable Allan Higgins and 'Chammar.'

Rodrigues was wanted by the police for questioning in connection with a series of robberies, thefts and at least three murders. He eluded the police for several months until he walked into an ambush last Friday in the backlands of Cromarty which had become his hiding place.

The police are continuing their search in the backlands of Cromarty for an arms cache that might have belonged to Rodrigues. The cache is said to include a sub-machine gun and a pump-action shotgun, which were reportedly used by Rodrigues and two accomplices in the robbery and fatal shooting of a Chinese businessman at Number 43 Village last year.

A search is also continuing for an accomplice of Rodrigues who police say may be armed and could be hiding-out in the backlands of Cromarty.

Meanwhile, the funeral of the slain policeman will take place on Saturday at Alness, Corentyne, following a funeral service in New Amsterdam. Higgins was killed with a single bullet to his head when Rodrigues walked into the ambush. He is survived by his parents, reputed wife and a three-year-old daughter. Up to late yesterday afternoon the body of Rodrigues was still lying at the New Amsterdam Hospital morgue.