Women's Issues In Guyana

Detective’s bound body pulled from septic tank

Posted in Domestic Violence,Law Enforcement by wiig on January 21, 2011

– ex-wife arrested

By Dale Andrews

(Originally published in Guyana’s Kaieteur News on 21 January 2011)

The bound body of a Detective Constable attached to the Brickdam Police Station was pulled from a septic tank at Parfait Harmonie on the West Bank of Demerara, a day after he went missing.

The remains of Igris Bobb-Blackman called David, 35, were discovered on the premises of a property he had shared with his former reputed wife, 58-year-old Desiree Jeffers, shortly after midday yesterday. The gruesome discovery was made by Blackman’s brother Ptolemy, who was part of a search team that was looking for him after he went missing. The victim’s head was badly mutilated with several chop wounds, his hands and feet were bound and the body was wrapped in a coloured carpet.

While his reputed wife has denied killing him, the dead cop’s relatives are convinced that she and several other persons are responsible for his death, since he had recently taken out a protection order against her. The couple was also engaged in the High Court for the division of a $12M property they jointly owned. (more…)


Alberttown businessman on rape charge

Posted in Crimes against Women,Judicial by wiig on January 21, 2011

(Originally published in Guyana’s Stabroek News on 21 January 2011)

Alberttown businessman John Singh yesterday appeared before acting Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry charged with rape.

The allegation is that between August 1 and August 31, 2010, Singh raped a female.

Singh was not required to plead to the indictable charge when it was read to him. He was admitted to bail in the sum of $150,000. The matter was transferred to Court Six for January 24.

Singh was in the news last year after he and his wife were accused of making offensive remarks to a former maid. After a stand-off, Singh eventually apologized for the remarks saying that they were not intended. (more…)

Safety of Peace Corps volunteers is a priority -Country Director

Posted in Crimes against Women by wiig on January 20, 2011

(Originally published in Guyana’s Stabroek News on 20 January 2011)

Country Director of the US Peace Corps Guyana Brannon Brewer said on Tuesday that the physical well-being and safety of the volunteers are priorities in Guyana and internationally.

The US Peace Corps constantly reviews safety measures which are in place, Brewer told Stabroek News, noting that the entire team goes to great lengths to ensure there is no violence against volunteers.

Brewer, who took up an appointment here in August last year, spoke briefly on the issue of safety with this newspaper following the report of a former Peace Corps volunteer being sexually assaulted while she was serving in this country in 2007.

Jill Hoxmeier recently told of being raped here and then being given only three counselling sessions. Hoxmeier, who was among six women who spoke with ABC News Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross, said she felt abandoned by the Peace Corps. (more…)

Chopped in neck, Guyanese woman dies in Trinidad

Posted in Uncategorized by wiig on January 20, 2011

Trinidad Express – Another woman has been killed as a result of domestic violence.

(Originally published in Guyana’s Kaieteur News on 20 January 2011)

The victim, Guyanese national, Patricia Duncan, 41, last employed as a security guard at a Sea Lots fish processing company, succumbed to a chop injury to her neck around 6.30 p.m. Monday at the Port of Spain General Hospital, the Trinidad Express has reported.

Shortly after mid-day Monday, she was attacked at her workplace by a relative who chopped her once to the neck after he accused her of infidelity.

Police said Duncan and a 45-year-old relative, who up to late yesterday remained in police custody, both worked as security guards with Strike Force Security, the company responsible for securing the Barana Seafood Processors Ltd at Production Avenue, Sea Lots, police said. Duncan lived at Laventille Road, San Juan.

Police said the suspect was arrested by officers moments after the attack. He was held while running, with a bloodied cutlass in hand, near the Port of Spain abattoir.

Officers said the suspect and another man were engaged in a fight at Duncan’s home on Sunday.

15 Girl Guides benefit from Muriel Wight Scholarships

Posted in Education by wiig on January 18, 2011

(Originally published in Guyana’s Kaieteur News on 18 January 2011)

Fifteen members of the Guyana Girl Guides Association (GGGA) have benefitted from the recently established Muriel Wight Scholarship Fund. The association announced that the students would have benefitted from a total of $260,000 to assist them in post secondary, secondary and primary education.

According to the body, the awards, although modest by some standards, are in support of fees, extra lessons, books, transportation or meals to support the Guides in their academic journey.

The Guyana Girl Guides Association Muriel Wight Scholarship Fund was launched on February 18th, 2010, in the presence of Muriel Wight, a former Guide Commissioner whose life’s work centered on the education and development of girls through guiding. Wight, a centenarian, died shortly after the launch of the fund.

“This scholarship fund was set up by the GGGA to encourage the growth and development of girls and young women through building and reinforcing self confidence and acquisition of new skills. To qualify for and maintain the Muriel Wight Scholarship, girls must maintain an acceptable grade point average, and participate fully in Guiding and leadership activities.” (more…)

Bush Lot man stabbed while trying to defend sister

Posted in Domestic Violence by wiig on January 18, 2011

(Originally published in Guyana’s Stabroek News on 18 January 2011)

A Bush Lot, West Coast Berbice man who tried to save his sister during an attack by her estranged husband ended up being stabbed yesterday and he is now battling for his life at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPH).

Labourer Kishan Sampuran, 19, was rushed to the Fort Wellington Hospital (FWH) in an unconscious state. He suffered a “deep” wound to his upper right side chest and “can go into a shock,” according to a doctor.

He was accompanied to the Mahaicony Hospital by nurses from the FWH and then taken to the GPH in an ambulance. Police retrieved the blood-soaked knife at the youth’s house, where the stabbing took place, and they are still hunting for the attacker.

Sampuran’s sister, Rita Sampuran, 24, told Stabroek News that she had left her husband, Mohan Diram, a week ago, following constant misunderstandings. She was at her mother’s house yesterday when, around 2:30 pm, her husband walked in and tried to attack her with a knife. (more…)

Peace Corps volunteer tells US TV programme about being raped in Guyana

Posted in Crimes against Women by wiig on January 17, 2011

(Originally published in Guyana’s Stabroek News on 17 January 2011)

-others say felt abandoned after sexual assaults overseas

A former US Peace Corps volunteer in Guyana is one of six women who have told US television station ABC about being raped while overseas on assignment and feeling unsupported by the organization.

Jill Hoxmeier who was stationed here in 2007 was one of the women who told the ABC programme 20/20 about being raped and then being given only three counselling sessions.

Hoxmeier told ABC Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross about feeling abandoned by the Peace Corps. She said it was akin to being given three counselling sessions and then being told “goodbye”. She said that she felt unable to navigate the trauma she experienced on her own and gave up on the assignment. She said there was no victim’s advocate available to her in the organization. (more…)

Woman refuses to testify against partner in abuse case

Posted in Domestic Violence,Judicial by wiig on January 15, 2011

(Originally published in Guyana’s Stabroek News on 15 January 2011)

Acting Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry yesterday ordered a woman to pay the sum of $10,000, after she declined to proceed with a case against the father of her seven children.

Sabrina Persaud appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court One with Glendon Joseph, who had been charged with using abusive language towards her and unlawfully assaulting her.

When asked by the Magistrate if she would like to give evidence against Joseph, Persaud said, “Is seven children I have with him, so I don’t want to proceed with the matter against him.”

The matter was then dismissed, and Persaud ordered to pay $5,000 in court costs for each charge.

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