– No word from police
Earlene Morgan, the pregnant market vendor who was accidentally shot by an off duty police officer last month, is recovering well. However, she is still to receive compensation from the Guyana Police Force.
Yesterday, when this newspaper contacted the 20-year-old expectant mother, she said that she has never seen anyone (police) since they came to her house upon her discharge from the Georgetown Public Hospital.
She explained that she finds it very hard at present because she cannot work to earn a living.
“I am depending on my mother because I cannot work. I need some sort of justice because everybody like they forget about me,” Morgan said.
She said that the policeman who was involved in the shooting had contacted her saying that he would compensate her.
That was almost a month ago. The officer is yet to make contact with the woman and her family about compensation.
Morgan said that she is appealing for the Guyana Police to have a heart and look into her plight.
“Being out of job is hard. Now with a child on the way it’s going to be more difficult,” the woman said. She said that she is seriously considering getting a lawyer to fight her case because the police have totally neglected her.
“I have to get a lawyer and see what can happen for me because no one is telling me nothing and I’m here suffering” Morgan said.
Efforts to contact the Police Public Relations department to solicit a comment proved futile.
Earlene Morgan, who is five months pregnant, was shot in her back by an off duty police officer in the Stabroek Market area last month.
According to eyewitnesses, the off duty police officer was trying to apprehend a bandit who had just snatched a cell phone from a female student when he accidentally shot the woman.
The bandit who was riding a bicycle managed to escape in the crowd. An identifiable suspect had been arrested hours after the shooting took place.
The woman’s mother, Yvette Morgan, who is also a vendor at the market, had said that her daughter was unpacking her goods when the incident occurred.
The woman said that shortly after she heard a gunshot and ran for cover in a nearby store.
Morgan said she only became aware that her daughter was shot after she started shouting for help.
The Police Officer and Morgan’s mother quickly summoned a taxi which transported the injured woman to the hospital.
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