Herstelling man brutalised by gunmen in carjacking
…hours after appearing in court for hit-and-run
By Ashraf Dabie
As hijackers continue to target the owners of Toyota Premio and Allion motor cars, a Herstelling tailor was the latest victim in this string of vicious crime as he was attacked by gunmen who subsequently carted off his car on Monday evening.
The injured man has been identified as 24-year-old Ryan Seecharran of Third Street, Herstelling, East Bank Demerara (EBD), who is currently on trial for a hit-and-run charge.
Seecharran had just returned home, sometime after 19:00h when two men, one of whom was armed with a handgun, appeared out of nowhere, demanding money they claimed was owed to them.
This is according to the still traumatised tailor who explained what transpired on the evening in question.
“When I decided to reverse the car into the yard, two guys (one tall, red skin and big built and the other short and of African descent) they approached me in the car and say ‘wam bai, when you gon pay my f#ing money’ and the other man said ‘come out the car’,” Seecharran related.
The terrified man went on to say that the shorter of the two criminals had the gun in his hand and he ended up lashing him to the head. “When the red one snatched me, he (a neighbour who was present at the time) tried to pull him off from me and he see the gun and he back off. The red one jump in the car and the black one was attempted to go in the back seat and same time he said, ‘lay down on the f#*%ing ground before I kill you’ and then is when I walk away and the men pull out and shoot up and go away.”
When Guyana Times visited his residence on Tuesday, the shaken 24-year-old was seen nursing a laceration above his eye and another to his face.
Meanwhile, the eyewitness who was with the victim during the attack provided a detailed account of what occurred.
“We gaffing and I see the two persons walking and stop, and I didn’t really take on them. But then they walk and come and started shouting ‘where the f#*%ing money you owe me, you get the money and you nah pay me’. But when they open the car door, they start hit he,” the man outlined.
Seecharran’s neighbour continued, “I said ay why you knocking the man for? What the man got for you? So when I rush up, the one move off and then the other one, I see he with the gun and I back off. And then the red one come back and run in the front seat and start up the car.”
It was then that the hijackers escaped in the same direction from which they came. They were said to have fired several shots in the air as they fled the scene.
Seecharran indicated that the silver grey Premio, PVV 4911, carries a value of about $2.7 million, and was only in his possession for just about a year now.
This attack comes just hours after Seecharran had appeared before the court as he is accused of running over a drunken carpenter and fleeing the scene earlier this year.
Reports are that on Saturday, June 24, pedestrian Kalicharran Goordial was lying on the corner of Second Street, Herstelling, when Seecharran suddenly veered north into the cross street, crushing the man to death. Seecharran was at the time driving the said Premio motor car. As a result, he was charged with dangerous driving, failing to stop and failure to render assistance but was released on $300,000 bail. Seecharran is set to return to court in November.
Seecharran and his relatives are unaware as to whether or not the recent attack is related to the hit-and-run or can be linked to the series of hijackings that has been plaguing the country in recent months. Nevertheless, they are calling for the perpetrators to be located and placed behind bars as they do not wish for others to endure such a horrific experience.
This publication understands that a report of the brutal attack was filed at the Providence Police Station and as such, investigations into the matter are ongoing.