Guyana – Sergeant charged with conspiracy
GEORGETOWN – Several weeks after he was questioned about his role in the death of businessman, Mohamed F. Khan and after advice was sought from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Police Sergeant Leon Lindo appeared before Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry, charged with conspiracy to commit murder.
He was remanded to prison.
Lindo of Lot 220 Belle West, Canal Number Two, West Bank Demerara was not required to plead to the charge which stated that between July 10 and 18, 2014, he conspired with Lennox Wayne to murder Mohamed F. Khan.
The charge stems from damning disclosures made by Wayne himself, who is presently on remand for another murder.
Police had launched an investigation after Wayne, also known as ‘Two Colours,’ provided them with a statement in which he claimed that he and Lindo conspired to murder Khan.
Khan, 54, had escaped execution in July 2014 at La Grange, West Bank Demerara, when a gunman, who turned out to be Wayne, shot him in his abdomen, shortly after he returned to Guyana on a brief holiday.
Wayne had claimed that he was contracted by Lindo to kill Khan for a fee of $500,000.
However, there was a fall out between the two after Lindo did not honour his end of the bargain when the execution failed.
Mohamed F. Khan, who was a popular city businessman, was last heard from on August 21 last year. A month later his dismembered body was discovered on a dam at Cummings Lodge. His skull, which was wrapped in a plastic bag, was located several feet from the body.
Although Wayne claimed he knew nothing of the actual killing, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) found that the investigation proved that he and Lindo were part of a conspiracy to murder the businessman.
Wayne had also sought to implicate a retired Assistant Commissioner of Police, but the DPP ruled that there was insufficient evidence to link him to the conspiracy.
Yesterday, the court was told that Lindo is a serving member of the Guyana Police Force (GPF). Prosecutor Bharat Mangru said that investigations are completed into the matter and 31 witnesses are expected to be called.
The prosecutor objected to bail citing the seriousness of the offence.
He also stressed that there is a likelihood that the accused may not return to court stand trial.
However, Lindo’s attorney, Tanicia Shanell Daniels, contested that her client, who has been a policeman for the past 23 years, has all intentions of returning to court to answer to the charge.
She contended that the offence was bailable, while pointing out that the matter was going to take some time to conclude because of the number of witnesses slated to appear.
The lawyer noted that throughout the investigations her client, a father of three, two of whom are minors, has been co-operating fully with the police.
The matter will be called again on June 12 for reports and fixtures.