Forty-six year old man in sex offence against 12-year-old girl
resulted from anonymous report to Human Services Ministry
(Originally published in Guyana’s Guyana Chronicle on 12 January 2011)
JUSTICE Winston Patterson and a mixed jury at the Demerara Assizes yesterday heard that the statutory rape charge against Mohan Lall, called ‘Lloydie’, resulted from an anonymous report to the Human Services Ministry. In the case before them, witness Denise Ralph, of the ministry, testified that on receipt of the report of child molestation, she visited the scene and carried out investigations. The victim and her mother told her that the report was true.
As a consequence, Ralph handed over the matter to the Juvenile section of the Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation and action.
The prosecution is alleging that the girl is a neighbour of the accused and was in the habit of visiting his home to do odd jobs.
The prosecution, led by Ms. Judith Gildharie-Mursalin, in association with Miss Konyo Sandiford, is saying that the accused had carnal knowledge of the girl between the 1st day of March, 2008, and the 30th day of November, 2008, in the county of Demerara.
Cross-examined by defence counsel, Miss Sonia Parag, witness Ralph testified that the report that reached the Human Services Ministry was anonymous, and declared that such reports are always anonymous.
The hearing continues today.