Oct 16, 2016 News
Recently, Commissioner of Police (a g) David Ramnarine, revealed that 24 police ranks are currently before the court for offences ranging from attempted murder to assault.
For the year, Kaieteur News recorded 12 policemen appearing in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts and being placed on bail. One of them was indicted for attempted murder; six for robbery; four for corrupt transactions and another for causing death by dangerous driving.
After reportedly gun-butting and shooting a man who had assaulted his reputed wife, Police Constable Lyndon Thompson was indicted on an attempted murder charge on August 10, last.
It is alleged that Constable Thompson, 25, of Kaneville, East Bank Demerara, discharged a loaded firearm at Shawn Williams with intent to commit murder on August 8, at Itabali Landing, Region Seven.
The father of one was not required to plead to the indictable charge and was granted $150,000 bail.
It was reported that Constable Thompson fled after transporting the injured man to the hospital. He was captured a few days after at Teperu Crossing by ranks that were on the hunt for him.
Police in a release said that the subordinate officer in charge sent a Constable with a service revolver, to accompany the woman who made the report. On arrival, the assailant was contacted and during the intervention an argument ensued between the Constable and the assailant.
Eyewitnesses claimed that the policeman struck the virtual complainant (VC) to the head with the firearm, causing him to fall, after which it is further alleged that the cop discharged a round at the VC, hitting him in the upper chest.
On August 8, five policemen accused of robbing three gold miners of 15 pennyweights of gold while on patrol were ordered to post $600,000 bail each and report to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Headquarters, Eve Leary, Georgetown.
The cops, Constable Kosi Arthur, 25, of Linden, Region 10; Constable Raphael Lowenfield, 25, of Lot 486 Section ‘D’ Block ‘X’ Diamond, Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara; Lance Corporal Mark Fernandes, 34, of Annandale, Railway Embankment, East Coast Demerara; Constable Delroy Duncan of Lot 71 Sisters Village, West Bank Demerara; and Constable Akeem Thompson, 21, of Lot 65 Bel Air Village, Georgetown; were all arraigned before City Magistrate Judy Latchman.
It is alleged that on July 25, last, at Timehri, East Bank Demerara, they robbed Sherman Noel of five pennyweights of raw gold. It is also alleged that on July 25, at the same location, they robbed Heeralall Girdhari of four pennyweights of raw gold. They are also accused of robbing Euri Samuels of six pennyweights of raw gold.
The lawmen were each instructed to post $200,000 bail on each count.
The complainants were robbed at around 14:20hrs on the day in question at Army Base Camp Stephenson, Timehri.
It was reported that the police ranks visited the area after receiving information that the miners were allegedly involved in illegal activities and relieved them of the gold.
Constable Fernandes has been a serving member of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) for the past 14 years. Constable Thompson and Constable Duncan have four years of service and Constable Arthur has two years.
Attorney Patrice Henry who is representing the ranks had argued that there was no substantial evidence against the officers to charge them. He had said that none of the alleged stolen gold was found in their possession.
Police Officer Eulin Carthe, 33, of Plum Park, Sophia, appeared in court on July 18, last, after it was alleged he robbed Michael Elliot, on January 1, of $1,600 and two silver chains valued $60,000, and at the time, before or after the robbery, made use of personal violence.
The police rank who denied knowing the VC was released on self-bail. Officer Carthe had denied knowing the VC and said that his mother had compensated the man in his presence for the articles he claimed were stolen.
On October 4, Police Corporal Selvin Elkana, 38, and Constable Dwayne Marshall, 37, both stationed at the Alberttown Police Station, Georgetown were accused of obtaining $60,000 as bribe from Deonarine Dowlatram to forgo an assault case.
They were each ordered to post $50,000 bail by the Chief Magistrate Ann Mc Lennan after denying the allegation.
Police Corporal Ronald Fraser, 43, of Supenaam Creek, Pomeroon, was accused of accepting an ounce of raw gold; three pennyweights of raw gold and two pennyweights of raw gold from Mark Williamson to forbear to investigate him for the offence of narcotic (cannabis sativa) possession which occurred between February 1 and February 20 at Ekereku Police Station.
Corporal Fraser denied the allegation on July 16, before the Chief Magistrate.
He was granted $75,000 bail.
In June, Police Constable Colin Rodney, 33, of Lot 17 Joseph Pollydore Street, Lodge, Georgetown, was charged with two counts of accepting bribes.
He was accused of engaging in corrupt transactions as an agent of the state by accepting inducement from Hushaam Mana and Saeed Gopie on June 15, at Kingston Seawalls, Georgetown.
The cop was placed on $30,000 bail after his lawyer argued that he was wrongfully accused.
Causing Death by Dangerous Driving
An allegation of causing death by dangerous driving was read to Police Constable Timothy Horatio on September 15, by Magistrate Leron Daly.
Horatio, 26, of Stone Avenue, Campbellville, Georgetown is accused of driving minibus BPP 7944 in a manner dangerous to the public thereby causing the death of Dillon Linton, 21, also of Stone Avenue, Campbellville, by dangerous driving. The accident occurred on August 28. He has pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The cop spent two weeks on remand before he was granted bail in the sum of $300,000.
According to reports, the Constable, and a part time minibus driver was racing another minibus at around 20:00hrs on the day in question, when he tried to avoid hitting a motorcyclist, who was heading in the opposite direction.
He was however unable to avoid the collision and ended up losing control of the vehicle. The minibus reportedly toppled several times before smashing into a utility pole and finally coming to a stop at the wall of Regent Street store, ‘Curtains and Draperies.’
Linton reportedly sustained multiple injuries and died hours later while receiving treatment at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC). He was reportedly sitting in the back seat of the minibus when it crashed.
A total of 15 ranks have been dismissed by the Guyana Police Force this year, six of them for corrupt transaction, two for rape, three for narcotics related offences and four for simple larceny.
The previous year, 12 ranks were dismissed – seven for corrupt transactions, two for firearm related offences, two for narcotics related offences and another for assault. Twenty-one ranks were interdicted for offences ranging from conspiracy to commit murder and assault, last year.
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