GUYANA – Former robbery accused shot to death
GEORGETOWN –– Former robbery accused, O’Riley Small, was riddled with bullets by a gunman dressed in a “hoodie” in his Smyth Street, Georgetown yard around 3:30 a.m. on Saturday.
Small, 31, of Lot 2 Smyth Street, was shot at least ten times just as he returned home after a night out at one of the city night spots. He was pronounced dead at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).
According to information received, Small had just entered his yard through the front gate and was walking through a dark pathway at the side of the house to get to the back of the property when a man, dressed in a hooded T-shirt, confronted him.
There are reports that the father of one said, “Hey boy move from deh” to the gunman who then opened fire.
Small reportedly tried to flee, but slipped and fell. Kaieteur News understands that as Small lay on the ground, the hooded shooter stood above him and pumped several bullets into him. He died on the spot.
Crime chief Wendell Blanhum confirmed that police have detained two suspects and have impounded a car. He declined to suggest a possible motive for the killing.
Kaieteur News understands that one of the suspects, known as “Max”, is believed to be the gunman. Police reportedly arrested him at a city hotel and bar after finding a hooded garment similar to the gunman’s in his car.
The suspect is reportedly employed as an armed security guard at the same hotel and bar at which he was detained. A source said that Small had also worked at the same bar.
Several relatives and friends gathered at Small’s home yesterday as they learnt about his death.
His aunt, Gail Ann Edwards, said that she was awakened by the sound of gunshots and then heard her nephew’s screams.
“When we run out we see he [Small] lying in blood. He was dead already,” his aunt lamented.
Relatives could not say if Small had any problems with anyone.
“All that we know is that the neighbour said that they saw a silver-grey car was parked there [in close proximity to the house]. We can’t say if it was waiting on him or what,” the aunt said.
When asked if Small had any problem with the law, his relatives said that the father of one was a loving and jovial person who was always targeted by the police.
“The police always harass him. We had to go the media and so to get this harassment to stop. When any robbery happened, they [police] always coming to pick him up and then they hold he for 72 hours and loose he,” a relative said.
In January 2010, Small was shot when a gunman opened fire and killed one of his friends, Vibert Weekes, a short distance away from the popular “Red Dragon” night club on Robb Street.
There are reports that a bet of $100,000 made between Small and the gunman cost Weekes his life.
In January 2012, Small was remanded to prison on an attempted murder charge.
The allegation was that on January 9, 2012, with intent to commit murder, he unlawfully and maliciously wounded New York-based Guyanese Felix Alleyne, who lost one of his kidneys after Small shot him.
That case was subsequently dismissed after Alleyne refused to testify in the case.
In June 2012, Small, a former footballer was shot three times at a football match by a gunman who approached him from behind.
In November 2013, he was among three who were jointly charged with break and enter and larceny committed on Central Electronics located on Robb Street, Georgetown.
It was alleged that they stole $9.2 million worth of items, including a flat screen television set and a metal safe, along with cash.
Some have suggested that Small may have been slain for his alleged role as an informant.
In February, 2013, three bandits were shot dead by police, while attempting to enter the premises of businessman Wayne Heber at Premnaranjan Place, Prashad Nagar. Relatives of Leon Gittens, one of the slain men, alleged that O’ Riley Small had come to Gittens’ home and called him out that night.