The trial of
ex-soldiers Oliver Hinckson and James Gibson was
yesterday adjourned by Magistrate Gordon Gilhuys
after Hinckson failed to show up in court once
The military has not protected citizens
reaching this newspaper are that Hinckson is
stranded in the United States after his passport was
taken away by US officials while he was being
questioned in Washington about his status as an
Leslie Sobers told this newspaper about two months
ago that his client was invited to the US last year
and during a meeting with authorities his passport
that so far, Hinckson was interviewed twice by
authorities in the US concerning his prolonged stay
in Guyana. Sobers could not say what has come out of
those meetings, but he indicated that Hinckson was
to meet again with the authorities.
He could not
say when Hinckson would be allowed to travel back to
Guyana for his trial and added that his client would
like to return here to complete the court matter.
former army lieutenant and James Gibson, who is also
an ex-soldier, are jointly charged with having a .38
pistol, 12 .38 rounds and 26 12-gauge shotgun
cartridges on June 6 at Lot 115 Aubrey Barker
Street, South Ruimveldt.
their first appearance in court on June 12 last year
and were subsequently released on $75,000 bail each.
They denied the allegations that were made against
On March 9
last the army issued wanted bulletins for the two
men, following the disappearance of 30 AK-47 rifles
and five pistols from GDF headquarters. They were
then out of sight until police acting on a tip-off
swooped on the South Ruimveldt house around 2 pm on
June 6. During the search of the premises, the
illegal items were reportedly found. The two men
were taken to army headquarters before being handed
over to police.
began with the testimony of Criminal Investigation
Department (CID) rank Cleveland Browne. Evidence in
the case has not been taken since Hinckson's travel
documents were taken away.
when the matter was called Gibson and Nigel Hughes,
one of the lawyers defending the duo, were present.
comes up again on August 17.