The Guyana Police Force is responding to an article published in the Kaieteur News on Monday April 16, 2012, under the caption “Oh, what a wonderful state we are living in!”
In the article, the unnamed writer who claims to be a resident of Enmore, ECD, alleged that the police failed to respond to his calls for assistance on behalf of a female neighbour whose home was being broken into during the early morning of Sunday April 15, 2012, and whom he claimed had called him by telephone to assist.
The Guyana Police Force wishes to set the records straight in relation to this matter where about 2:00h on April 15, 2012, Chandrawatie Persaud, 34 years of Logwood, Enmore, ECD, called the police at the Enmore Police Outpost on the telephone.
She reported that her brother Mohamed Habeeb Charran, 23 years, had come home under the influence of alcohol and had begun to continuously bang on her door while demanding $3,000 which he claimed she owed him from monies sent from overseas by his mother.
The Constable who took the report informed the police mobile patrols, one of which responded to the report, after directions to the specific house were ascertained.
Upon arrival at the scene the ranks contacted Chandrawatie Persaud and arrested her brother Mohamed Habeeb Charran, who had also damaged a window to the house after his sister did not open the door or respond to his demands for the money.
Constable Durant who is named in the article and who was on duty at the time at the Divisional Operations Room at Cove and John, ECD, has acknowledged that a male caller did report the matter and that she had also informed the police patrols.
Mohamed Habeeb Charran has been charged with malicious damage to property. He appeared before Magistrate Nyasha Hatmin at the Cove and John Magistrate’s Court on April 17, 2012, where he pleaded guilty to the charge and was placed on a one-year bond.
Chandrawatie Persaud who made no complaints about the police and who has expressed satisfaction with their quick response has denied calling anyone, other than the police, in this matter on the night in question.
In relation to the further allegation by the unnamed writer that he/she learnt that some time during the morning his/her opposite neighbour’s home was invaded and some articles stolen.
The police wish to state that a check of our records has revealed that no report of burglary/breakage of any home at Enmore, ECD, was made between Saturday April 14, 2012, and the time of penning this response.
In addition, cognisant of the article which is apparently aimed at sullying the image of the Force, the police went into the area and questioned residents, but no one has indicated that their home was broken into and articles stolen during the period.
The Guyana Police Force wishes to reiterate that the ranks involved in this matter responded in a professional manner in dealing with the reports made, which resulted in the arrest and prosecution of the perpetrator, to the satisfaction of the affected party.
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