Arrests made in murder of Georgetown priest

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An arrest has been made in the murder of a retired parish priest of the Diocese of Guyana. Rawle McPherson (45) and Mohanie Mohabir (43) appeared before the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court on 17 Feb 2021 and charged with the murder of the Rev. George Chuck-A-Sang (82).

The indictment presented to Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan said that some time between 8:00 am Friday 21 December and 3:00 pm Monday 23 December 2020, the two did murder Fr. Chuck-A-Sang. The priest, who lived alone at the vicarage of St Sidwell’s church failed to answer his telephone, prompting his daughter, Renata.  She was unable to enter the vicarage and went to the home of the parish priest, the Rev. Monsell Alves, asking for his assistance. The two entered the home and found Fr. Chuck-A-Sand dead, his body lying on the floor with seven stab wounds.

The priest knew his alleged killers, police reported, saying they had been in his home several times to receive counseling. Police are seeking a third person to help them with their inquiries.

The couple were bound over by the magistrate without bail and will make their next court appearance on 25 Feb 2021.

On 24 December the diocese released a statement announcing his death and offered their “Sincere sympathy to his family as they mourn this terrible loss particularly at this time of joy and hope.  We pray that the hope of the resurrection will sustain them as they grieve and mourn.”

The press release stated the Rt. Rev. Charles Davidson, Bishop of Guyana “knew Fr Chuck-A-Sang as a deacon working in Bartica. In the year 1987 he was ordained a priest and later served on the Essequibo Coast then to Port Mourant and various parishes in Demerara.”

The bishop said: “Death is always difficult for us to experience, especially when it is such a gruesome death. … Let us pray for each other.”