Women's Issues In Guyana

Appeal Court to review recent rape trial

Stabroek News – July 23, 2005

The Chambers of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has requested the Guyana Court of Appeal to review a recent rape trial which resulted in the accused walking free after a third trial.

The action cannot lead to an overturning of the verdict or a new trial. The Appeal Court judges will only review the matter and express opinions on it.

In a press statement yesterday, the Guyana Human Rights Association (GHRA), which had taken an interest in the matter, said it welcomed the referral of the rape trial to the Appeal Court.

Justice William Ramlall had accepted a no-case submission by the defence and directed the jury to return a formal verdict of not guilty. The trial involved allegations that in 1999 a then 57-year-old businessman raped a 13-year-old girl.


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