12 Jan

Victim’s wife breaks down while recounting receiving news

first_imgLindo Creek CoI The wife of Lindo Creek Massacre victim Clifton ‘Berry’ Wong said she heard the news about miners being killed, but brushed it aside and went about her domestic chores, only to have her entire world collapse later that night.Collette Wong took to the stand before the Commission of Inquiry into the June 2008 Lindo Creek Massacre and tearfully recounted when she received the news of her husband Clifton Wong’s death.Clifton Wong’s daughter, Shaniza Romain, on the standThe woman related that prior to heading into Lindo Creek, her husband had been home to celebrate Mother’s Day and her birthday, and while heading into Lindo Creek, he had promised to send some money to celebrate their daughter’s birthday on June 13.The woman said the last communication she had had with her husband was when he stopped at Kwakwani before heading into Lindo Creek, and he had told her, ‘I love you’, and had asked her to take care of their five children.Collette explained that when she did not hear from her husband for their daughter’s birthday, she made contact with his boss, Leonard Arokium, and asked that he contact the camp, which he promised to do.Amidst tears, Collette Wong said her nephew-in-law was the one who had informed her of her husband’s death on June 21, at sometime around 12:30hrs.“I bravely said, ‘Hit me with it,’ he said, ‘You already heard’, and I said there was a newsflash. At that moment I did not panic,” she said. To confirm the news, she then called Arokium, and her worst fears became true.“Upon hearing that, I went upstairs. The children were already in their bed, and I woke them up and said, ‘He is no more! He is no more!’ ” the still grieving woman related before breaking down on the stand.She said her screams were so loud that they woke up the entire neighbourhood, and persons came over to enquire what was going on.She said that apart from media operatives, the family was visited by Social Welfare Officers, but she noted that they did not receive any form of counselling or therapy to deal with their loss.Collette Wong said she was also fearful of the heavy Police presence in her street during the wake held for her husband. She further related that her brother-in-law, Courtney Wong, was asked to provide the Police with an SNA sample, and that the family was never contacted about the burial of her husband’s remains.Also taking the stand was the late Clifton’s daughter, Shaniza Romain, whose birthday he was supposed to send money for. The woman related that when her father did not call her for her birthday, she sensed something was wrong.She said that her father was a family man and would never miss their birthdays, and she still remembers the last present he had given her before he was murdered.Romain recounted that, in 2007, her father had presented her with a pair of gold jingles (bangles) for her birthday, but after his death, the family had to sell those to supplement their finances.Sometime between June 12, 2008 and June 24, 2008, miners Cecil Arokium, Dax Arokium, Compton Speirs, Horace Drakes, Clifton Wong, Lancelot Lee, Bonny Harry and Nigel Torres were shot and killed, and their bodies burnt at the Upper Berbice River mining camp being operated by Leonard Arokium.The Lindo Creek CoI is the first of what the coalition Government has said would be a series of inquiries into the hundreds of killings which occurred during a crime wave that began in 2002. The CoI was established to inquire into the circumstances surrounding the killings of eight miners, and to report its findings and recommendations to President David Granger.last_img read more

26 Dec

Man United linked with shock January move for Wigan flop

first_img Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father 3 TOP WORK There is also interest in Granqvist from Zenit Saint Petersburg and Lokomotiv Moscow, who want to take him back to Russia, and the defender has reacted to the transfer reports.“I know there’s a lot of interest in me,” he said. “United is very flattering, but I have not heard anything concrete.”At the World Cup, Granqvist played in Sweden’s defence alongside current Man United player Victor Lindelof. 3 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Granqvist left Krasnodar for Helsingborg in July, but Fotboll Direkt say he could be on the move again in January with United keeping tabs on the centre-back. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ RANKED He has built a respectable career since then, playing for Groningen of the Netherlands, Italian side Genoa and Krasnodar, the Russian side, and it was Granqvist who replaced Zlatan Ibrahimovic as Sweden captain after the former Man United forward retired from international duty in 2016.The 33-year-old skippered his country at this summer’s World Cup, scoring two goals as Sweden made it to the quarter-finals, where they lost to England. It is reported United could make a move to bring in Granqvist on a short-term loan deal, signing him from January until March, when the Swedish league campaign starts again after its off-season break.This is the same type of deal that took Henrik Larsson from Helsingborg to Old Trafford back in 2007. three-way race moving on Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Latest transfer news targets The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star center_img REVEALED Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January 3 Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Larsson became a Man United cult hero despite his short stay at Old Trafford Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer targets Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Granqvist captained Sweden during their impressive World Cup run LIVING THE DREAM Manchester United have been linked with a shock January move for Sweden international Andreas Granqvist.Granqvist, the defender, is best known in England for his dreadful one-season stay at Wigan in 2007/08, when he played just 16 times for the Latics. LATEST Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti IN DEMAND Granqvist spent a less than impressive season at Wigan over a decade ago last_img read more