– fails to ID alleged culprits, to undergo psychiatric evaluation
The saga of the 16-year-old boy at the centre of a sodomy probe took a bizarre turn at around 13:00 hrs yesterday, when the alleged victim clambered to the rooftop of the Police Co-op Society building in Robb Street and threatened to take his life.
Nicholas Kissoon, also called ‘Beyonce,’ ‘Nikki’ and ‘Sweet Back’, remained on the rooftop for about an hour, during which he repeatedly threatened to hurl himself to the ground.
The lad also repeatedly shouted that he was sodomised by police officers, was afraid to go back into police custody, and was fed up with his lifestyle.
Pacing back and forth and speaking to himself, the lad repeatedly said “I can’t go back. Why these people just don’t leave me alone. I wan’t dead. I wan’t dead.”
A public-spirited citizen eventually managed to persuade the alleged victim to speak with reporters. By this time, he was sitting on the roof of Stabroek News, relating to media operatives his fear of going into police custody.
But after speaking to Child Protection officials, Kissoon shifted to the back of the building. He then went to the edge of the building, and was pacing back and forth when another public-spirited citizen climbed up a ladder that was placed against the building.
Police ranks then made their way up, hoisted the teen down, handcuffed him and took him away.
Kaieteur News was told that he was subsequently taken to the Brickdam Police Station, where, in the presence of a welfare official, he was asked to identify the ranks who he claimed sodomised him.
Police and welfare officials said that despite two identification parades, the lad failed to pick out the alleged culprits. A police official told Kaieteur News that prior to yesterday’s drama, investigators had been trying to locate the teen so he could try to identify the accused ranks.
Kaieteur News understands that it has been recommended that the teen undergo psychiatric evaluation today. Meanwhile, he was allowed to stay overnight at a relative. According to a welfare source, this was done after the lad threatened that he would set fire to the drop-in centre “with all the children inside” if he was placed there.
“He’s definitely unwell,” the source said. “When you are like that you don’t know what is real and what is not real.”
The teen sparked off an investigation on Tuesday after alleging that three police ranks sodomised him at the Stabroek Market Mobile Outpost at around 21:00 last Sunday.
According to the police official, the ‘victim’ claimed that one of the perpetrators has a gold tooth and was dressed in uniform at the time, while the other ranks were not in uniform.
The ranks were subsequently placed under close arrest, pending the outcome of an investigation that is being conducted by the police and Child Protection officials.
Some vendors who ply their trade near the Stabroek Market Outpost said that they neither saw nor heard anything unusual on the night of the alleged assault.
Kaieteur News understands that social workers are familiar with the teen, who has a long history of delinquency and is also a commercial sex worker. Close relatives of the alleged victim have repeatedly expressed skepticism about his story. At least two relatives claimed that the lad has a habit of making false accusations. They said that the ‘victim’ has been wandering the streets from an early age and was involved in acts of prostitution.
His mother is said to be ill, while his father is serving a life sentence for murder. Kaieteur News was told that the boy was staying with an elderly female relative, but began wandering the streets and soliciting sex, after the relative died.
He was incarcerated at the ‘boy’s school’ (New Opportunity Corps) but was released a few months ago.
One relative described the ‘victim’ as someone who “would bring police and say you do him something,” while speaking about the teen’s alleged habit of making false allegations against individuals.
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