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The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Shalimar Ali Hack has recommended a charge of manslaughter against the policeman who shot and killed, Dartmouth Essequibo businessmann Orin Boston several months ago.
Boston 29, was killed since September last year.
Five months later, a file submitted by the Guyana Police Force on the investigation into the killing was returned on Thursday with the advice that the rank who fired the fatal shot be charged.
Boston, a husband and father of two, was shot in his bedroom by a member of the SWAT Unit during a so called anti-crime operation. According to his wife, he was asleep at the time, however, the Police Force, in its initial statement, alleged that a confrontation had led to the shooting. The heavily armed unit was in search of prohibited items based on intelligence received, however, none was found at his home. The dead man’s father, Orin Boston Snr told Village Voice News that his family and the residents of Dartmouth are awaiting justice. The grieving father said he had hoped that the police would have completed the investigation into the death of his son a while now.
He had told this newspaper too: “It’s been so long,” he said, while noting that the police, in concluding their investigation must answer key questions surrounding the anti-crime operation which ended on a bloody note.
“You can’t just walk into a man’s house and shoot him like that without any warning. You didn’t give him a chance to wake up from his bed. Why was he shot? I need answers, I need to know the reason why he was shot. What was the motive? Was it a mistake? I need to know,” Boston Snr said.
The dead man’s wife, Fiona Boston, said she too awaits justice. “I need just for my husband,” she told this newspaper.
Boston, according to the autopsy report, died from shock and haemorrhage due to gunshot injuries to the chest. State Pathologist, Dr. Nehaul Singh had carried out the Post Mortem Examination in September. A single warhead was extracted from Boston’s body and was handed over to the police.