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…)

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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…)

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.

Woman claims self defence in stabbing of husband

Posted in Crimes against Women,Domestic Violence,Judicial by wiig on January 14, 2011

(Originally published in Guyana’s Stabroek News on 14 January 2011)

A woman charged over the stabbing of her common-law husband yesterday told a court that the incident occurred as she tried to wrestle the knife away from her drunken partner, who attacked her.

Donna Hunte, a vendor of 7 Rasville, Roxanne Burnham Gardens, was placed on $50,000 bail by acting Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry. Hunte pleaded not guilty to the charge of unlawfully and maliciously wounding Kenneth Rogers, when it was read to her at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court.

Sergeant Venetta Pindar, in presenting the police’s case to the court, said Hunte and Rogers live in the same house, but occupy separate bedrooms. Pindar said on January 9, the couple were arguing and Hunte subsequently got a knife and stabbed Rogers. Rogers was later hospitalised and Hunte was arrested and charged.

However, when given a chance to speak, Hunte told the court that Rogers regularly abused her. On the night of the attack, she said, he came home drunk and started the argument. She said that it was Rogers who brandished the knife during the argument and rushed at her. She added that she tried to wrestle the knife away from him, because, “I didn’t know what he woulda do with it.” According to her, it was during this struggle that Rogers was wounded.

After Hunte was placed on bail, the case was adjourned to January 28 for statements.

Late, absent police witnesses disrupt Neesa Gopaul murder PI

Posted in Domestic Violence,Judicial by wiig on January 12, 2011

(Originally published in Guyana’s Stabroek News on 12 January 2011)

The preliminary inquiry (PI) into the murder of schoolgirl Neesa Gopaul was interrupted yesterday as the witness undergoing cross-examination was late to the hearing, while two others were absent.

Acting Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry issued an arrest warrant for Inspector of Police Joel David, Corporal Laundry and Assistant Superintendant Jessamy, who are all attached to the Brickdam Police Station.

Prosecutor Robert Tyndall requested an adjournment since the men were absent. Defence attorneys Vic Puran and Bernard De Santos, however, objected, arguing that the prosecution had failed to advance legitimate reasons as to why an adjournment should be granted.

De Santos argued that granting of an adjournment is not an automatic process, but one that should be accompanied by legal principles. According to Puran, the request was made in bad faith and he contended that the behaviour of the prosecution should not be countenanced by the court. He then made a submission that based on the absence of the witnesses, the matter against his client Bibi Shariman Gopaul be discharged. (more…)

She asked for it!

Posted in Commentary,Domestic Violence,Stella Says by wiig on January 12, 2011

(Originally published in Guyana’s Kaieteur News on 12 January 2011)

Just before the “Break the Silence, Stop the Violence” rally last November, I was on television almost daily to promote the rally. As a result, many people would come up to me and tell me their thoughts on the subject of domestic violence. I was more than a bit surprised by the number of women who would insist that if a woman marries a man who she knows is violent or stays in a relationship with a man who is violent – then she deserves the violence.

Do women who stay with abusers deserve the abuse? Let me say up front that this is the wrong question to start with, the questions we should be asking are: Why do assailants terrorize and torture their partners? Why is it that the vast majority of batterers are men and the vast majority of survivors are women? Why does society allow the abuse to continue?

However, for the sake of addressing this widespread belief – that the woman asked for the abuse – let’s list some of the many reasons why women stay in abusive relationships. Many believe that if an abused woman really and truly wanted to leave an abusive relationship, she would pack up her things and go. However, this conclusion ignores the environmental barriers that prevent women from leaving the abuser. (more…)

Battered woman blames government official’s relative for attack

Posted in Crimes against Women,Domestic Violence,Politics by wiig on January 10, 2011

(Originally published in Guyana’s Kaieteur News on 10 January 2011)

Twenty year old Stephanie Broomes is fearful for her life since she believes that the beating she received last Friday evening was prompted by her ex lover, who is a close relative of a Senior Government official.

On Friday last, at around 8:00 pm, Broomes was allegedly attacked in Dove Square, South Ruimveldt by a total stranger, who mercilessly banged upon her with what appeared to her to be a crowbar. The woman sustained severe injuries to her face and head. According to the mother of one, she was on her way home from work when she noticed a yellow Toyota 212 car driving slowly close to her.

She said that she was suspicious of the car driving so slowly, so she began walking faster. According to Broomes, a man then emerged from the car with a “long metal object”, after which she began to run.

Broomes recalled that she fell and the man came over her and began “beating away on me.” According to the victim, the man mercilessly beat her for approximately seven minutes before residents came to her rescue. (more…)

Mother pleads for return of abducted four-year-old daughter

Posted in Crimes against Women,Domestic Violence,Law Enforcement by wiig on January 10, 2011

(Originally published in Guyana’s Kaieteur News on 10 January 2011)

Ishwantie Persaud, the mother of missing four year-old Sandy Seeratten of lot 94 Logwood, Enmore East Coast Demerara, is pleading with the general public to assist in locating her daughter who she claimed was abducted by her drug addicted father two weeks ago.

Persaud related to Kaieteur News that on December 21, last, she left the child in the care of a cousin and went to work. While at work she received a telephone call informing her that Sandy’s father had abducted her.

The woman who is still in a state of shock, added that her ex-reputed husband is a drug addict who was recently released from the Camp Street penitentiary, where her served time for cocaine possession. It is for that reason that she is fearful of her child being in his custody. “He does use cocaine and when he get high he used to beat me in front of her…I am scared he do her something. The child is also fearful of him”.

The distressed woman stated that her ex-reputed husband’s abusive behaviour was one of the many reasons she decided to end their relationship. “This man used to beat me bad and one day I just decided to move in back with my mother.” (more…)

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