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Relatives accuse Guyana police of stalling rape case

February 26, 2012 Leave a comment

FEBRUARY 26, 2012 | BY KNEWS | FILED UNDER NEWS

-police say “due process” is being followed
Relatives of a 12-year-old girl, who was allegedly raped, are very upset with the actions of the police ranks at the Anna Regina Police Station.
They are far from pleased with the actions of the officers claiming that the matter is being dealt with in a “slow manner” and thus stalling the outcome of the case.
Reports are that the young girl and the 16-year-old boy attend the same secondary school on the Essequibo Coast. The girl is a first form student and the boy is in fifth form.
On February 9, last, the victim and the suspect were said to have left their school at 15:00hr and were walking along the seawalls when the incident took place.
According to the girl’s aunt, the matter was reported to the police at the Anna Regina Police Station the same day.
“My niece come home and tell me what happen and I took her to the station where a report was made. But this boy uncle works there and they seem to be taking so long to deal with the matter. It hasn’t been called up. No court matter and the boy not arrested and I don’t know if it is being covered up,” complained the aunt.
Kaieteur News contacted the police on Friday and was told by a senior officer that the matter was “following due process.”
The officer noted that while the report was made at the police station, the matter must be dealt with accordingly, therefore the actions of the police have to follow a certain process.
“We had to take handwritten statements from everyone, peruse them, type them out and investigate too. Then send the file to the Director of Public Prosecution’s office for advice and so on. We are presently in a process. The matter is not being covered up. It is being dealt with accordingly,” stated the police man.
The girl’s aunt is certain that it was not consensual sex because her niece explained to her that she did not “give consent” to the suspect.
According to the aunt, the two students were friends for a short time, since they only met when the girl started attending classes there during September.

http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2012/02/26/relatives-accuse-police-of-stalling-rape-case/

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Henry Greene should have been dismissed, not charged- sources

February 15, 2012 Leave a comment
Written by Denis Scott Chabrol
Sunday, 12 February 2012 17:17

greeneJamaican and Guyanese investigators did not find sufficient evidence to prove a clear case of rape against Police Commissioner, Henry Greene but they had recommended that he be dismissed, according to well-placed sources.

At the heart of their position were several inconsistencies by the 34-year old woman who has accused him of rape. Among the inconsistencies, Demerara Waves Online News (www.demwaves.com) was told, was the duration of the sexual intercourse ranging from 45 minutes to four hours.

A hearing into court action brought by Greene to block police from charging him for rape is scheduled for February 20, 2012 before Chief Justice Ian Chang.

The source noted that the investigators recommended that Greene be removed from office because of indiscretions while being the Police Commissioner. The team frowned on the fact that he had sexual intercourse with someone who had gone to him for assistance. At the same time, the varied accounts by the woman did not provide the team with a clear-cut case to support her allegation of rape.

The constitution provides for the removal of a Police Commissioner if he or she is deemed unfit to remain in office. Greene has already reached retirement age.

The Guyana Association of Women Lawyers (GAWL) and the opposition Alliance For Change (AFC) have said that by Greene’s own admission he should no longer remain in office.  The Guyana government has also expressed concern.

Greene, in seeking a High Court order to block police from charging him with rape, has already pointed out that his lawyers have not seen all the statements that investigators have obtained from the woman.

The Police Commissioner wants the High Court to quash the advice by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) that he be charged and block Acting Police Commissioner, Leroy Brumell and Assistant Commissioner, Seelall Persaud from charging him.

Other sources say the allegation by the woman might have stemmed from Greene’s failed promise to assist the Victoria, East Coast Demerara-based woman to complete construction work on house where he had taken her after what he said was “consensual” sexual intercourse with her at a city hotel.

A team of senior Jamaican police officers had visited Guyana to work along with their local counterparts in conducting the investigation. Greene remains on special leave.

The Police Commissioner, himself a Caribbean-trained lawyer, has stated in his Originating Notice of Motion that “When we arrived at her home she identified her mother who was on the verandah. She also showed me an unfinished building which she said was her own. After she identified her home he told me that she was sure I can use my influence to get back her phone to her.”

Greene wants the court to find that the DPP’s advice was “irrational, unreasonable, unfair, unlawful, unconstitutional, null and void and of no legal effect.”

“The applicant ought not to be prosecuted for the offence charged in as much as the evidential test that there is sufficient evidence to provide a “realistic prospect of conviction” was not met,” according to the Originating Notice of Motion.

Attacking the credibility of the complainant, he said she was the subject of a police investigation into extortion.

He has, however, conceded having sexual intercourse after she had told him that she wanted to meet him socially. They, according to the Police Commissioner, did so on November 22, 2011 at the Police Officers Mess and later agreed to go somewhere private.

Greene has denied having a gun in possession on that date, disputing the woman’s claims that he had a gun in his possession while at the hotel.

The Police Commissioner said the complainant had gone to him to ascertain progress in investigations into an allegation against her on November 15, 2011. She later returned on November 22 to follow up on her original inquiry and sought Greene’s intervention in gaining access to a cellular phone to acquire a number for friends in Trinidad.

Greene recalled telling her that doing so was impossible because the matter was still the subject of an investigation and that she would have to await the DPP’s decision.

The Sheema Mangar murder…Guyana Police Force bungled investigation from the beginning

February 2, 2012 Leave a comment

FEBRUARY 2, 2012 | BY KNEWS | FILED UNDER NEWS

By Dale Andrews  

Lies, deceit, blame throwing are terms that characterize the case of the murdered Demerara Bank

SHEEMA MANGAR

employee, Sheema Mangar.
And investigators, being urged to forget their ultra reliance on the results of forensic tests and press on with their investigation, are admitting that they have reached a dead end and nothing can be done unless new evidence emerges.
It’s been more than a year since Mangar was dragged to her death by a car in which the man who had snatched her Blackberry phone was escaping and her mother, Radica Thakoor, has almost given up hope that local police will solve the case given the distrust she has developed.
Amidst all the misleading information she has been fed by those in authority, Thakoor is convinced that only a completely new approach where witnesses are sought, will lead to some satisfactory conclusion of all the circumstances surrounding her daughter’s death, including the identification of the killer.
Samples of what appeared to be blood and a piece of fabric found on the two cars that were impounded did not match the victim’s DNA and clothing respectively.
“The police are to be blamed. Why wait a whole year relying on just the samples?” the mother asked.
According to the woman, the police kept telling her that they were waiting on the results of tests being done on the samples, as if that was the only aspect of the investigation that was important.
“They had built my hopes up and everywhere you go they were telling you they were waiting on the samples. They appeared so positive that that would have led to something, now we are back to square one,” Thakoor added.
She said that she could not believe her eyes when she read in the papers that the tests on the samples were negative.
One detective who was handling the matter initially put it in perspective, noting that solving a crime lies with the investigators.
He explained that after Mangar’s death, police had impounded two cars which crime scene technicians examined for evidence that could connect them to the crime scene or the victim.
On one vehicle a piece of broken hair was found while on the other vehicle a piece of green fabric was recovered.
Mangar’s uniform she was wearing the day she died had a greenish tint, so investigators had to consider the possibility that the piece of fabric could have come from her uniform.
A red spot was also identified on one vehicle and was collected as a suspected blood stain.
The detective pointed out that the investigation suffered a setback in the initial stages since Sheema Mangar was not accompanied to the hospital by a police rank, “therefore if she was able to make a dying declaration, no police rank was there to record what she had to say.”
Additionally no one was present at the hospital to collect her clothing, consequently only the jacket of her uniform was collected.
“She may have been wearing under garments, but these would have been discarded along with her skirt as the medical personnel focused their efforts on saving her life. The possibility of matching the green piece of garment recovered from the car to her clothing was therefore limited to a comparison with just the jacket she was wearing,” the detective explained.
A point to consider was the fact that the police had impounded two vehicles, on which they found what appeared to be blood stain and a piece of cloth.
But now that the results of those tests have returned negative, any hope of conclusively connecting Sheema Mangar to any of the vehicles disappeared.
So why all the controversy?
First, some senior officials of the Guyana Police Force assured the victim’s family that the Barbados laboratory had promised to deliver the DNA results by January 2012. We are now in February.
Secondly, when the negative results were eventually received from the DNA profiling of the suspected bloodstains, the police informed Mangar’s relatives that their analyst who was sent to Barbados forgot to take the hair samples with him. However this newspaper was informed that the analyst had deliberately left it behind since it had no root and therefore there was no way that the Barbados laboratory could have done any conclusive test.
Then the administration had given the impression that the crime could have been solved by a laboratory test in Guyana or Barbados, when in fact this turned out not to be the case.
“Crimes are solved by investigators, and the reason why the samples were sent to Barbados was in the hope that they may prove to be similar to those taken from the crime scene or the victim’s uniform so as to breathe new life into the investigation,” the detective told Kaieteur News.
He said that, in the meantime, investigators must shoulder the responsibility for seeking out eyewitnesses who can provide an accurate description of the vehicle involved, including if possible, the registration number, and also a description of the assailant.
Interestingly, the vehicle impounded were both Toyotas but different models- one an AT 192 and the other an AT 212. This clearly suggests that investigators are not too sure what type of vehicle was involved in the crime in the first place and there is definitely need for a more precise description of the vehicle involved.
For her part, Mangar’s mother does not intend to give up since she believes that there is still someone out there who could assist the police.
“Even though she cannot come back, I hope my efforts will bring about change in the way the police do their job,” Thakoor said.

http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2012/02/02/the-sheema-mangar-murder%E2%80%A6cops-bungled-investigation-from-the-beginning/

Magistrate Haymant Ramdhani suspected of drunk driving refuses breathalyser test

January 31, 2012 1 comment

Magistrate refuses breathalyser test

JANUARY 31, 2012 | BY KNEWS | FILED UNDER NEWS

-walks out of police station while victim at hospital

The East Coast Demerara police are contemplating how to deal with a Magistrate who refused to take a breathalyser test following a smash-up on the East Coast Public Road on Sunday night.
Police sources said that Magistrate Haymant Ramdhani was detained for several hours at the Cove and John Police Station after he appeared to be heavily under the influence of alcohol.
But prosecuting the Magistrate could be a challenge since there are reports that the other party involved in the accident has indicated that he will settle the matter out of court.
According to reports, a Victoria motorist, Victor Adams, had parked his car on the parapet and was about to open his gate when the Magistrate’s car which was proceeding west at a fast rate slammed into it.
The car struck Adams who was flung into a trench where he remained dazed until he was rescued by some public spirited persons and taken to the hospital.
Magistrate Ramdhani was subsequently taken to the station where he was requested to do a breathalyser test.
According to a source, the magistrate refused, claiming that the instrument was not sterilized.
He was later told that he was required to remain in custody while the condition of the victim was being ascertained.
However, the source said that the magistrate, after using a series of expletives, walked out of the station and went to retrieve his car from the scene and disappeared.
“The same people who are supposed to dispense justice are behaving in such a manner,” a source at the Cove and John police station told this newspaper.

http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2012/01/31/magistrate-refuses-breathalyser-test/

Teens missing, reportedly lured to interior for sex trade

January 28, 2012 Leave a comment

JANUARY 28, 2012 | BY KNEWS | FILED UNDER NEWS

Several girls from a West Bank Demerara community have gone missing since last week Saturday, and their families fear that an unscrupulous woman has lured them to the interior to become sex workers.
It is believed that a woman who goes by the names “Buck, Simone and Radika” may have taken the girls, aged 15 and under into the interior to prostitute them.
The mother of one of the minors said her 13-year-old daughter left home Friday morning and returned the following day with a friend, who she introduced as Simone.
“My daughter come home Saturday morning with Simone and she said that she spend the night by her.
“I start to quarrel with my daughter and Simone go down stairs by me and went over by my neighbour and bring over my daughter’s 15-year-old friend and her brother,” the distraught mother said.
“My daughter’s friend and her brother begged me not to beat her, so I didn’t, then they ask me to let her go with them in Venezuela to visit their mother and that they will bring her back to go school on Monday (last), but I tell them no,” she added.
The woman told this publication that after she continuously refused to let her daughter go to Venezuela, the 15-year-old girl asked her, “how much money you want?”
“I tell her I don’t want any money and I went into the room where my daughter was putting on her clothes to talk with her but her friend came in and give my daughter $20,000. My daughter took the money and give me $10,000 but I tell her I don’t want any money and she throw it on the bed and walked out with her friend and Simone,” the mother claimed.
According to the mother, when the girls left on Saturday, a neighbour started to quarrel early Sunday morning about Simone taking young girls to the interior.
Kaieteur News understands that the 13-year-old girl’s mother got concerned when she heard her neighbour quarrelling about Simone taking young girls “to the bush” so she went and inquired.
There she learnt that her daughter, along with her friend and another girl from the village left with Simone to go in the “bush”.
The mother told this publication that she “ask about” and was told that Simone lived with her mother on the West Bank of Demerara.
On Sunday, the mother went to the community to locate Simone’s mother but her search was futile. She then made a report at Vreed-en-Hoop station.
“When I went home, I start to find out from people where Simone take the girls. Someone show me her sister and when I ask her she said that they gone to Bartica.”
This publication understands that ‘Simone’ usually transacts ‘business’ for the teens she takes to the interior.
On Monday, the mother made a report to a Probation Officer in Georgetown. She was reportedly advised to take one of her daughter’s photographs to a police station in her community, which she did.
According to the woman, a police rank accompanied her to the home of Simone’s mother.
“She mother told us that she daughter carry them to Port Kaituma to do house work,” the teen’s mother indicated.
According to the teen’s mother, Simone’s mother and sister are giving conflicting reports about the missing girl’s whereabouts.
Kaieteur News understands that ‘Simone’ took a few girls from the community.
While the police were questioning Simone’s mother, the woman reportedly informed them that her daughter give all the girls $20,000 in advance. She also reportedly told the police that her daughter hired the girls to assist her since she operates a shop in the interior.
Now in a new twist, the mother of the 13-year-old was reportedly arrested for trafficking in person. She was put on 10,000 station bail on Thursday.
The woman claimed that Simone’s mother told the police that she (the mother) collected money from Simone to let her daughter ‘work’ in the interior.
The woman is saying that if the police pressure Simone’s mother they may get a clue about the missing girl’s whereabouts.

http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2012/01/28/teens-missing-reportedly-lured-to-interior-for-sex-trade/

One week after DPPs advice…Odinga Lumumba assault file gathering dust

December 29, 2011 Leave a comment

DECEMBER 25, 2011 | BY KNEWS | FILED UNDER NEWS

It’s been more than a week since the Director of Public Prosecutions advised that Presidential Adviser, Odinga Lumumba, be charged and the file on the matter is beginning to gather dust.
The DPP had advised that Lumumba be charged with assault committed on Presiding Officer, Onika Beckles, on November 28 last, Elections Day.
When this newspaper contacted a senior police official, it was revealed that the file with the DPP’s recommendation had not yet reached Divisional Commander George Vyphuis, whose Division is responsible for acting on the advice.
Prior to this belated piece of information, other senior officials at Brickdam were reluctant to speak about the matter.
Beckles was allegedly forced to call in the police to an Aubrey Barker Road, South Ruimveldt Polling Station after Lumumba allegedly verbally abused her and also shoved her against a wall.
It is alleged that the People’s Progressive Party candidate also grabbed the camera phone from an Electoral Assistance Bureau (EAB) Observer who was recording the altercation and threw it to the floor, destroying it in the process.
Lumumba subsequently apologized to the Elections Observer and later replaced the phone with an explanation that he was angry at the time.
Lumumba was expected to appear in court earlier this week but there appears to be some foot dragging on the matter.
He will be the second Government official to appear in court within a month for assault.
He will follow Information Liaison in the Office of the President, Kwame Mc Coy, who was charged with assaulting a man in the run up to the last General and Regional Elections.

http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2011/12/25/one-week-after-dpps-advice%E2%80%A6lumumba-assault-file-gathering-dust/