Twenty-six-year-old, Randy Charles, who is currently a patient of the Male Surgical Ward, Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), is now complaining that police ranks have been physically abusing him over the past few days to the extent that they have inflicted serious wounds across his body.
At the GPHC yesterday afternoon, Charles stated that he (an ex-police officer) was admitted to the Ward almost three weeks ago and until four days ago, he did not have any issue with the police or nurses there.
Charles explained that he was shot in his left thigh by another ex-police officer when he visited the officer’s residence to have a conversation with the man’s brother-in-law whom he claimed owed him money.
He said that after he was being treated at the GPHC for a while the police ranks tried to handcuff him to the hospital bed. He said that this proved to be very uncomfortable since he could not eat using his hand, was not able to use the washroom, and would suffer from muscle aches due to the position in which they handcuffed him.
Charles told this publication that he tried to fight off the ranks from placing the handcuffs on him for those reasons, citing that he could hardly move his feet, so could not “escape”. He stated that on Wednesday and Thursday, last, while a “Nurse Tobin” was on duty, police ranks from the Sparendam and Brickdam Police Stations gave him a sound beating while he was lying on the hospital bed because he refused to be handcuffed.
He further reported that he began shouting for “murder!” Some patients witnessed the ordeal and heard his screams.
The prisoner said, “The tall officer gave me three cuffs to my ribs and a junior one place the handcuffs on.”
The man is claiming that since the shooting incident occurred, he is being constantly victimised by police ranks involved in the matter and because he kept stating that the man that shot him was not a police rank, it was an ex-officer.
Charles said that because of the beating he sustained during the past few days he suffered a fractured rib, black and blue marks across his stomach and chest, and has been requesting that the GPHC staff carry out an x-ray to ascertain his additional injuries but this request has not been met.
He complained that he has not been able to speak with his doctor since the nurses refuse to take his requests to the doctor and they “take long to give medication. They just keeping it way past the time they should give patients”.
However, a police rank told Kaieteur News that the reason the man was handcuffed was because he picked up a heavy object and pelted it in the direction of the nurses. The object missed the nurses but crashed into the wall where a dent was visible.
The rank also explained that on numerous occasions Charles has been “behaving disorderly”. However, this time they decided to handcuff him since he was getting physically violent.
The nurses were reluctant to disclose this information to the media since they were afraid that they “would get into trouble for talking to the media” and other patients remained mum about the incident due to the fact that they did not want to become victimised or targeted by anyone.
Charles said, “When I come in here I didn’t have broken ribs or nothing just that my foot get shoot. They beat me in here”.
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