The proprietor of Rocky’s Hotel and his alleged hired ‘hitman’ who were jointly charged for conspiring to murder a businessman in Lethem, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) were on Monday committed to stand trial at the Demerara High Court after a prima facie case was made out against them.Mark Grimmond and Chatterpaul SinghFifty-seven-year-old Mark Grimmond, of Grove Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara (EBD), and Chatterpaul Singh, a 36-year-old miner of First Street, Cummings Lodge, East Coast Demerara (ECD), were charged with the offence on June 13, 2019.It is alleged that between April 1, 2018 and June 7, 2019, in Georgetown, they conspired with each other and persons unknown to kill Dwayne Grant.The men were on trial before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.When the matter was called on Monday, the Chief Magistrate ruled that there was sufficient evidence against the duo for them to stand trial before a Judge and jury at the next sitting of the Demerara Assizes.The case was prosecuted by Inspector Neville Jeffers.It was reported that the Virtual Complainant, a businessman in Lethem, reported to the Police that he received information that the defendants were plotting to kill him.As such, an investigation was conducted by the Police during which Singh was arrested after a firearm was found in his possession.When questioned, Singh reportedly had a detailed conversation with the ranks and admitted that he and Grimmond were planning to kill Grant.Officers were also able to obtain recordings of telephone conversations between the defendants. Advice was sought from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), who recommended that charges be instituted.The defendants are currently out on $500,000 bail each.
A NEW book with rare interviews with those involved in the IRA in Donegal at the time of partition will be launched later this month.The interviews were carried out by leading Dublin IRA man of the time, Ernie O’Malley, and are based on first hand experience of the War of Independence and the Civil War captured in his books ‘On Another Man’s Wound’ and ‘The Singing Flame’.This book, The Men Will Talk To Me, was edited from O’Malley’s interview notes. Respected Donegal author Liam Ó Duibhir, who has written extensively on the period for a local perspective, is one of the editors of the new tome. The book will be launched at the Cultúrlann on the Falls Road in Belfast on April 17 by Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, MLA.The interviews cover counties Donegal, Antrim, Down, Armagh, Louth, Tyrone and Derry.O’Malley was suspicious of a compromise being made during the peace negotiations resulting in the Anglo-Irish Treaty of December 1921 and reacted strongly against the Treaty when it was announced.As a split developed in the senior ranks of the IRA in early 1922, he was appointed director of the organisation for the anti-Treaty republicans in March, who then took over the Four Courts in April. When the Four Courts garrison surrendered in June, he managed to escape. He was then appointed acting assistant chief of staff and officer commanding the Northern and Eastern Commands.In early November, he was captured in a dramatic shoot-out and was severely wounded. Ironically, his wounds saved his life as otherwise he would have been court-martialled and executed. While in Mountjoy Gaol in 1923, O’Malley was elected as a TD and in October, despite his continuing poor health, he went on a forty-one-day hunger strike.These interviews are the latest in a series of books of interviews carried out by Ernie O’Malley in the 1940s and 1950s. By the 1940s Ernie saw that the story of the Tan War and the Civil War was being spun to support the Free State stance. He was asked to collect stories and memories from the republican side because as he said himself, “The men will talk to me.”The interviews in this book include descriptions of the pogroms in Belfast from 1920-1922.Also in the book are letters from Charlie Daly from Kerry who was executed in Drumboe in Donegal by the Free State. Among the interviewees are Peadar O’Donnell, Joe Sweeney, Dr Patrick McCartan, Michael Donnelly, John McCoy, Michael Murney, Patrick McLogan and Frank Aiken.The book also gives an insight into Collins’ view of the Treaty and his view on the formation of the sectarian northern state.New book chronicles the IRA in Donegal during partition was last modified: April 6th, 2018 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:bookCivil wardonegalDrumboThe Men Will Talk To Me