2 brothers remanded for land surveyor’s murder

Randel Layne and Mario Moses, two brothers who reside at Goed Intent, West Bank Demerara, were on Wednesday, December 29, remanded to prison after their arraignment before Bartica Magistrate Crystal Lambert for the brutal murder of ranger/land surveyor Ricky Ambrose, which allegedly occurred at Arumu Backdam in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) on December 18, 2022.
They were not required to plead to the indictable charge of murder, and their next court date has been set as January 31, 2023.

Randel Layne (left) and Mario Moses

It is alleged that, on December 18, they murdered 40-year-old Ricky Ambrose, a surveyor attached to the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA), whose dead body, bearing several lacerations, was found some distance away from the all-terrain vehicle (ATV) he had been using at the time of the robbery at Arumu Backdam, a riverine community in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni). Reports are that his licensed firearm and a quantity of raw gold and cash have also gone missing. Ambrose had been a ranger for over two decades.
Meanwhile, the GGDMA has called on the relevant authorities to put proper systems in place at the borders to negate all criminal activities. It has been reported in a section of the media that members of the Joint Service have intensified security efforts at Five Star Backdam in the North West District (NWD) of Region One (Barima-Waini) after reports surfaced that a marauding gang of Venezuelans has established a presence there.
Five Star Backdam is a mining community located close to the Guyana-Venezuela Border and the community of Imataka in Venezuela.
Reports have stated that miners and other business persons working in the community have been forced to leave after a marauding gang of Venezuelans invaded the area on November 30, 2022. (G1)