Second Attempt on the Life of Cayo Cop Print E-mail
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Thursday, 30 May 2013 00:00

Some quick moves and a similar proportion of good luck saved the life of a man in the Cayo District. 29-year-old Oswald Young was at his house in Unitedville Village in the Cayo District on Thursday of last week when seven shots were fired in his direction. Three bullets then pierced the mahogany door in front of him, in rapid succession. At the time, Young was in the living room sleeping in a sofa chair, facing the mahogany door on the east side of his house. Young was injured on the chin; he threw himself on the ground to avoid from being shot again. He then heard footsteps running down the stairs. As a result, Young was taken to the hospital where a slug was removed from his chin.

Young’s house is a board structure and twelve feet off the ground. Young’s nephew was sleeping on the veranda of the house at the time and was able to recognize two people in the yard and the one person who was shooting at the building.

Police visited the scene in Unitedville and recovered ‘3 .380 expended shells and four slugs on this second attempt on the life of Oswald Young. The peace for the Police Officer had only been for a short interval.

Exactly five days earlier, on May 19th, Young was socializing at Hide Way Bar and was walking home with his sister when the same two people were seen hiding behind a bus stop. Shots were then fired at Oswald Young and his sister. Police visited the scene on that occasion and recovered a point twenty two expended shell from the area. However, at that point Young did not want to pursue any legal action against the two individuals.

But it was only after the second attempt on his life that Young sought to make an official statement to the police for which both incidents were recorded and acted upon.

Since these two incidents, Eric Elrington, 25, from Unitedville has been charged with two counts of attempted murder, one count of use of deadly means of harm and one count of wounding. Erlington was charged last Friday and has since been remanded to prison.