Possible breakthrough in taxi-driver murders
September 14, 2002
The police seem to have made a breakthrough in solving the recent murders of two taxi drivers.
Five men were detained yesterday following a police operation on the East Bank Demerara (EBD), and the car of taxi driver, Johniel Wilson called `Shane' or `ATM' has been recovered.
The vehicle is currently in the compound of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) at Eve Leary where it has been dusted for fingerprints. Reports suggest that the police recovered the car when some of those detained attempted to sell it to an auto dealer. When Stabroek News saw Wilson's vehicle at Eve Leary yesterday there were what appeared to be blood stains on the rear seats, pointing to the likelihood that Wilson was shot in his Olive Green Toyota Marino and later dumped on the railway embankment. Also in the car was a red cap Wilson was known to often wear. The vehicle's number plates had not been changed.
Wilson's body was discovered on the Embankment Road at Ogle, East Coast Demerara (ECD), shortly after 1:00 am on Thursday.
Stabroek News understands that the police have also recovered a gun that might have been used in Wilson's murder. Wilson appeared to have been shot in his left cheek, with the bullet exiting the back of his head. His vehicle PHH 1897 had been declared missing and presumed hijacked.
The five men, police believe, might have conspired among themselves to murder the taxi-driver and relieve him of his vehicle.
The detained men were also said to be cooperating in investigations into the murder of Luxury Cabs taxi driver, Motilall Lall called `Ricky', who was chopped and shot to death on August 31 in a yard at Canal Number One, West Bank Demerara after two men hijacked his car.