Former Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee, under whose tenure there were numerous unsolved crimes, is now lamenting the fact that the Guyana Police Force (GPF) is failing to solve one in which he was the victim.
In November of 2016, robbers entered the Eccles, East Bank Demerara home of former Minister of Home Affairs, Clement Rohee, stealing cash and other valuables.
“Woe be unto us” is what Rohee is saying as he laments the ordeal as well as the fact that the police cannot seem to provide any sort of justice.
The former Minister recently noted on social media that more than two years have passed since bandits invaded his premises.
Rohee noted several facts about the case that he said presented questions, which he wished the police to answer.
The former Minister recalled that the day after the incident, motorcar PRR 514 was found abandoned in the city and the police claimed that that was the vehicle that transported two men and a woman to the scene of the crime.
He noted that the woman was subsequently arrested, charged and placed before the Court.
Rohee said that investigators said that fingerprints from the crime scene matched those in their records of two known male suspects. Then, footage from security cameras identified the suspects and the vehicle that transported the bandits to the house.
Rohee also noted that intelligence was provided to the police showing that another woman, who was employed at his residence, was an accessory to the crime, “in that, she was the accomplice who directed the bandits to the house and facilitated easy access allowing the bandits to enter the home.”
Rohee said that the matter took more than one year to be heard at the Providence Magistrate’s Court and the female accomplice was the lone accused to appear before a Magistrate.
“The mother of one of the male suspects reported to Magistrate Scarce that her son, another suspect who was wanted by the police, had ‘gone into the bush and that she never heard from him since. The police prosecutor reported to the Magistrate that the third suspect could not be found,” Rohee noted.
The former Minister even recalled that in court, the Police Prosecutor questioned him on the basis of the statement he had provided to the police on the day of the robbery. He said that a detective gave lengthy evidence in Court focusing on the matching fingerprints of the two male suspects and the case was put down to be heard at a later date.
Rohee said that the Magistrate told him that it was not necessary for him to return to Court.
“Nothing has since been heard about the case or the police investigation.”
After laying out what he deemed the important events and facts of the case, Rohee presented about 10 questions he wants to be answered by the police.
He asked, “who did the abandoned car belong to, was it stolen or rented by the bandits? Is the vehicle still being held by the police, if not, why? Did the police seek information from the GRA concerning the registration etc, and legal owner of the vehicle?”
Rohee also wants to know, “Were the number plates of the car fake number plates? Why did the police not issue wanted bulletins for the two male suspects? Why did the police not alert the ranks stationed in the interior to be on the lookout for the male suspects whose mother claimed had ‘gone into the bush?”
Further, for the former Minister thinks the police should answer, “Why did the police not go after the other female suspect whose name and address were provided with a view to arresting her for questioning? Why did Magistrate Scarce advise the Rohees that it was not necessary for them to return to Court? And, why did the police detective place so much emphasis on the matching fingerprints and not on other matters of evidential value?”
Rohee said that having regarded what he and his family experienced, “insofar as the investigative capacity of the GPF and the Criminal Justice System are concerned, one can very well imagine what was the experience of probably hundreds of Guyanese who suffered similar fates.”
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