Policeman pleads for justice after road accident

December 28, 2010 | By | Filed Under News 

With a distressed voice, 59-year-old special constable, John July, who was knocked down several months ago by Local Government Minister, Kellawan Lall, visited Kaieteur News recently, to voice his dissatisfaction over the way the police has been handling the investigation.
July stated that ever since the accident, Minister Lall has not even approached him to offer words of sympathy.
The ailing man claimed that he had been greeted with hostility from the police officers who are supposed to be carrying out investigation into the accident.
“Every time I attempt to find out about the accident from the police, they always telling me to come back the next day” July added.
July was hospitalised for over a month and has since been released from the hospital.
The man stated that ever since the accident he has not been approached by the Minister who was the driver of the car that ran into him on the night of September 5, last.
The injured policeman said that during his stay at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) doctors at one time decided to amputate his leg as a result of the extent of his injuries.
The man stated that he has been finding it very difficult to finance his trips every time he visits the hospital for medical check ups.
“During the surgeries I underwent, doctor had to infix external fixtures on my leg, I have to hire a taxi every way I have to go. The injured man’s left leg has a hot pack commonly known as ‘steel’, which is causing him great discomfort.
He is fearful that he will not receive justice because of the office Kellawan Lall holds in the ruling administration.
The policeman, who is a father of four minors, is the sole breadwinner of his family and is presently depending on his salary he receives every month to maintain his family and foot his medical expenses.
John July was admitted to the GPHC after he was allegedly struck down by Minister of Local Government, Kellawan Lall, on September 5. A special constable attached to the High Court, and his friend whom he identified as Colin, were struck down on East Coast Demerara.
In an earlier report, Minister Lall had refuted allegations made by the policeman.
The Minister stated that July sustained injuries to his leg not as a result of hitting his vehicle but due to July’s motorcycle colliding with the metal rails of the bridge.
Mr. Lall told reporters that the only time July came into contact with his vehicle was when he was placed in the back seat.

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