Prisoner beaten to death
Guyana Chronicle
July 8, 2003

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A PRISONER was reportedly beaten to death in his cell in the Georgetown Prisons, Camp Street last Sunday evening.

According to reports reaching the Guyana Chronicle the prisoner was sharing a cell with two other inmates when he met his unfortunate demise.

While information on the incident is sketchy, Guyana Chronicle has learnt that the body was discovered early yesterday morning with marks of violence and a wound to the neck.

From all indications the man was beaten to death unable to represent himself since he was confined to the cell.

Prison officials have held the two men that shared the cell with the deceased for questioning.

The Guyana Chronicle was informed at the time of the incident, a junior officer was on duty in the yard and was not aware of anything unusual happening during the night.

Prison inmates and prison officers said that they did not hear any sound or saw anything unusual during the night, a source informed the Guyana Chronicle.

It was only when the cell was opened the next morning for the usual morning routine that the body was discovered.

The cell is shared with Mark Parris and Raphael Julian.

The body was subsequently transported to the morgue.

This is the second death of a prisoner over the past few weeks.

Lennox Cummings, a prisoner at the Mazaruni Prisons, died during an altercation with an inmate last month.

Cummings and fellow inmate Sherwin Reid were engaged in a heated argument, which required intervention.

Subsequently, Sherwin punched Lennox who struck his head on the concrete floor when he fell.

He was rushed to the Bartica hospital, but he was pronounced dead on arrival. (Shirwin Campbell)