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Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Police Headquarters, Eve Leary, Georgetown
Tel: 225-5401 or 227-2685, Fax: 225-5401

PRO: April 24, 2006

News Editors


As Police investigations continue into the murder of the late Minister of Government Mr. Satyadeow Sawh, his relatives and the security guard, the Force has been unable to confirm, but it seems highly probable, that the shooting incidents at the different homes may have occurred simultaneously. This is due to the fact that neither Minister Sawh nor occupants of the home guarded by the security guard Albert Mangra, seemed to have been alerted by any gunshots prior to the attack on Minister Sawh’s home.

Based on a careful study, scrutiny and analysis of the total picture surrounding the incident, it now appears that the bandits intended to eliminate all possible eye witnesses and execute the Minister and his family. A secondary motive seems to have been robbery. Police have confirmed so far that in addition to the cash stolen, jewellery and a digital camera were also stolen from a bedroom during the incident.

Police have also confirmed that a strange car was seen parked in the area sometime around 19:00h. and it’s occupants may have been monitoring Minister Sawh’s movements. In addition, a few gunmen were seen positioned in a nearby street North of the Minister’s home during the attack, apparently to provide covering fire to those carrrying out the execution.

Police tracker dogs which combed the area were able to track the movement of the bandits onto the railway embankment North of the Minister’s home, using a track also North of the said home.

Ballistic tests were done on ten (10) 7.62 x 39 empty shells, two (2) 7.62 x 51 empty shells and two (2) 7.62 x 39 warheads along with fragments from the ammunition.

These tests have confirmed the use of at least six (6) firearms, five (5) of which may have been AK 47’s or M 70’s, and one of which may have been an SLR or G3.

Based on the extraction of pellets by the police vet, Doctor B.Lord, from the body of a dog which was shot, it is suspected that a shotgun may have also been used.
Ballistic tests on spent shells found at the scene of the incident were fired from the same firearms used to fire spent shells recovered at the undermentioned scenes:- Two (2) of the 7.62 x 51 spent shells matched two (2) 7.62 x 51 spent shells recovered from the murder scene at the Two Brothers Petrol Station at Eccles on 2006-02-26. Two (2) 7.62 x 39 spent shells matched fourteen (14) spent shells found at the murder scene of Lavern Scott at 115 Caesar Street, Agricola and matched seventeen (17) spent shells found at the murder scene of David Brummell and Hannah Cameron at 40 Brutus Street, Agricola and fifty-four (54) shells at the Two Brothers Petrol Station at Eccles and forty-five (45) at the murder scene of David Barrow and others during 2005.

This confirms that at least two of the weapons used at Agricola/Eccles murder scenes were also used at the Minister’s murder scene.

The pellets recovered from the dog are still to be analysed by the Ballistic Section.

It is notable that a gun recovered from a bandit who was shot and killed at Buxton during a recent shoot out with the Police did match shells found at the Eccles Petrol Station.

It now seems likely that elements who were involved in the execution last year of David Barrow and others, and the Agricola/Eccles incident this year, were involved in the execution of the Minister.

A post mortem was today conducted on the four deceased persons and their cause of death was given as multiple gunshot wounds.

Police enquiries are continuing with a view to bringing the perpetrators to justice. The Police is appealing to the public to provide any information which may lead to the arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators of this dastardly act.


In view of the funeral arrangements for the late Minister of Government Mr. Satyadeow Sawh which will be held tomorrow Tuesday April 25th 2006, the Guyana Police Force wishes to inform the public that Robb Street, between King Street and Wellington Street, will be closed to vehicular traffic from 07:00h. to11:00h.

Any inconvenience caused to the traveling public is sincerely regretted.

I. Whittaker
Assistant Commissioner Public Relations & Press Officer