Women's Issues In Guyana

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…)


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.

Forty-six year old man in sex offence against 12-year-old girl

Posted in Crimes against Women,Judicial by wiig on January 12, 2011

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.

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…)

Man on bail over knife threat to woman

Posted in Crimes against Women,Judicial by wiig on January 11, 2011

(Originally published in Guyana’s Stabroek News on 11 January 2011)

A man, accused of threatening a woman with a knife after she refused to give him money, was yesterday placed on $10,000 bail.

Lawrence  Ross, of 575 West Ruimveldt, appeared before acting Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court and pleaded not guilty to the charge of threatening behaviour.

It is alleged that on January 6, Ross, while holding a weapon, threatened Francine Mitchell.

Prosecutor Stephen Telford, in stating the facts, told the court that the accused asked Mitchell for some money, which she refused him. Ross, who resides in the same building as Mitchell, got angry and ran into her apartment and threatened her with a knife. Mitchell made a report of the matter and Ross was arrested.

The magistrate placed Ross on bail and transferred the case to Court Six for today.

Absent defence lawyers delay Neesa Gopaul PI

Posted in Domestic Violence,Judicial by wiig on January 7, 2011

The continuation of the preliminary Inquiry (PI) into the murder of Neesa Gopaul was yesterday postponed due to the absence of defence attorneys Bernard De Santos and Vic Puran when the matter was called.

Acting Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry, who is presiding over the PI at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court, adjourned the proceedings to January 11.
Six witnesses have testified so far.

Neesa’s mother, Bibi Sharima Gopaul and her (Bibi’s) lover Jarvis Small have been charged with the sixteen-year-old’s murder.

It is alleged that between September 24 and October 2, at Madewini, Linden-Soesdyke Highway, Bibi Sharima Gopaul and Small, both of 13 Public Road Leonora, West Coast Demerara, murdered the girl. Her body was stuffed into a suitcase, which was discovered by a group of picnickers on October 2, anchored in the creek at the Emerald Tower Resort.

One arrested after gunmen invade nursery school, rob woman

Posted in Crimes against Women,Judicial by wiig on January 6, 2011

(Originally published in Guyana’s Stabroek News on 06 January 2011)

Two gunmen held up a woman at the Tuschen Nursery School yesterday and robbed her of a gold band.

According to police, Parandai Ramroop, 33, of Tuschen Housing Scheme, was attacked and robbed by two men. The incident occurred at about 12.40pm yesterday, at the East Bank Essequibo location. Ramroop was in the school when the men entered and choked her and took away a gold band that she was wearing and escaped on bicycles, police said.

As the perpetrators were escaping, an alarm was raised and members of the Tuschen Community Policing Group responded and gave chase. They were deterred after one of the men pulled a firearm from his waist and pointed it in their direction, after which they escaped into the neighbouring village of Vergenoegen.

At about 2.30pm, police confronted two men, who fitted the descriptions of the suspects, sitting on a bridge at Vergenoegen. The police arrested one of the men while the other ran away and was pursued by the ranks. The fleeing man discharged two rounds from a firearm at the police who returned fire, but he managed to escape.

D Division Commander Balram Persaud told Stabroek News yesterday afternoon that police were still hunting for the man who escaped. No one was injured during the exchange of gunfire, he said.

The man who was arrested, Persaud said, did not have a firearm in his possession.

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