Women's Issues In Guyana


Man drives off with businesswoman’s car

Posted in Business,Crimes against Women by wiig on April 3, 2008
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Stabroek News – April 3, 2008

Three men last evening drove off with a businesswoman’s car and a bag containing an undisclosed sum of money, as she was walking up the stairs of her Sheriff Street home.

From all appearances the men had planned the carjacking since they were waiting at two separate locations nearby.

Stabroek News was unable to speak to the woman last evening for a comment and up to press time could not ascertain whether the car which was described as silver grey was found. Police were alerted shortly after the incident and investigations are continuing.

Reports received by this newspaper are that sometime after 6 pm, the woman, in the company of her mother – who is the owner of the Sheriff Taxi Service and two sons, pulled up in front of her home, which is located three lots south of the taxi service and next door to the Sheriff Night Club.   (more…)

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Woman’s face disfigured in acid attack

Posted in Crimes against Women by wiig on April 2, 2008
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Kaieteur News – April 2, 2008

Police on the East Coast of Demerara have launched a manhunt for a deportee who doused his estranged lover with corrosive acid, completely disfiguring her face.

According to reports, about 09:15 hours yesterday security guard Alana Yaw, 34, of Triumph, East Coast Demerara, was on her way home when the man with whom she had recently severed a relationship allegedly threw the acid in her face.

An eyewitness recalled that the man came up from behind the woman and first poured the liquid behind her neck. When the woman turned around, the man emptied the contents of the bottle in her face before making good his escape.

The screaming woman was assisted by public spirited persons and taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation where she has been admitted.

Woman, two grandchildren perish in Land of Canaan fire

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Kaieteur News – April 2, 2008

An elderly woman and her two grandchildren perished early yesterday morning after a mystery fire razed their two-bedroom home at Lot Six, Land of Canaan Old Road, East Bank Demerara.

But one other occupant escaped death by jumping from an upstairs window.

Some neighbours are speculating arson as the wooden structure was consumed in a matter of minutes, even as some people formed a bucket brigade and helplessly listened to the screams of the trapped occupants.

There are reports that a drug addict, who had broken into the bottom flat on at least two occasions, had started the fire. Dead are Basmat Arjune, 65; Melvina Singh, aged nine; and her brother, five-year-old Shamar John Mc Pherson. Their cousin, 25-year-old Suresh Moreno, called ‘Tony’, suffered burns to his back and arms after he tried to save the children and their grandmother. He is being treated at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) Burns Unit.   (more…)

Tailor attempted to poison teenaged ex-lover

Posted in Crimes against Women,Judicial by wiig on April 2, 2008
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Stabroek News – April 2, 2008

A 31-year-old tailor accused of attempting to kill a 15-year-old girl with whom he had a relationship and then attempting to commit suicide was granted bail when he appeared at the Leonora Magistrate’s Court yesterday. Noel Persaud called ‘Ears Man’ of Lot 40 Independence Street, La Grange, West Bank Demerara pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and attempting to commit suicide and was granted bail in the sum of $100,000 by Magistrate Fazil Azeez.

It is alleged that on March 19 at La Grange, with intent to commit murder, he attempted to administer a poisonous substance to the 15-year-old girl. It is also alleged that on the same day, he attempted to commit suicide.

Reports are that the defendant and the virtual complainant had been engaged in a relationship but the intervention of the Probation and Welfare Department last year saw Persaud being warned to keep away from the girl and to end the relationship. He complied but last month reportedly received information that the girl was engaged in a new relationship.   (more…)

April criminal sessions open

Posted in Crimes against Women,Judicial by wiig on April 2, 2008
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Guyana Chronicle – April 2, 2008

THE April criminal sessions of the Demerara Assizes opened yesterday with the traditional ceremonial parade and the inspection of the Guard of Honour, by Justice Dawn Gregory-Barnes, who took the salute at the March Past outside the Victoria Law Courts building in Georgetown.

It was the first time that criminal sessions would proceed concurrently after Acting Chief Justice Ian Chang did not postpone the opening to await the conclusion of the unfinished session.

Judge orders probation report on manslaughter convict
ANTHONY Cyrus called ‘Tony’, who strangled his reputed wife, Melanie Hinds on March 21, 2004, was yesterday convicted of manslaughter.

He pleaded guilty to the lesser offence and Justice Dawn Gregory-Barnes ordered a probation report on his background, pending sentence on April 21.   (more…)

Death row inmate charged with abduction

Posted in Crimes against Women,Judicial by wiig on April 1, 2008
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Kaieteur News – April 1, 2008

A prisoner, who is condemned to die for a murder committed in 2004, yesterday appeared before Principal Magistrate Melissa Robertson-Ogle on charges of abduction. Mark Anthony Wong, 28, is accused of abducting Susan Jatan on Monday January 30, 2006 on Water Street.

Wong, who was out on bail after the murder charge was reduced to manslaughter, forcefully took Jatan into a 4X4 pick-up vehicle two years ago.

The convicted prisoner was recommitted by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for murder and was subsequently sentenced to death by Appeal Court Judge (former High Court Judge) Yonette Cummings-Edwards in May last year.

When Wong appeared in court yesterday at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court he was instructed that the charge was indictable and he was not required to plead. (more…)

Fish vendor remanded on abduction charge

Posted in Crimes against Women,Judicial by wiig on April 1, 2008
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Kaieteur News – April 1, 2008

A fish vendor of Montrose, East Coast Demerara, was yesterday remanded to prison on a charge of abducting a female. The accused, 38-year-old Alfred Sooklall, appeared before Principal Magistrate Melissa Robertson-Ogle.  It is alleged that on Friday March 28 last, on Smyth Street, he forced Nadira Baijnauth into his motor vehicle.

The charge was indictable and as such the accused was not required to plead. At the beginning of the court proceedings, Sooklall’s lawyer, Peter Hugh, indicated to the court that Baijnauth indicated that she would not be offering any evidence to the court against the accused since they shared a relationship. However, when asked by the Magistrate if this is so, Baijnauth admitted that she would not be offering evidence but expressed a fear of being interfered with by the accused.

To this, Sooklall’s lawyer gave an undertaking that if bail is granted the accused would not have any contact whatsoever with Baijnauth until the matter is over with. He added that he was in receipt of instructions from his client which he will disclose to the court in due course. However, Police Prosecutor Sherwin Matthews objected to bail on the grounds that if bail is granted, it is highly likely that the accused will interfere with Baijnauth, whose life will be at risk. Sooklall’s lawyer then interjected, noting that Baijnauth and the accused ended their relationship amicably and he is still committed to his common law union which he has been sharing with another woman for the past 21 years.

However, after listening to both parties, the Magistrate ruled in favour of the prosecution. The accused will return to court on April 7.

Remanded on kidnapping charge

Posted in Crimes against Women,Judicial by wiig on April 1, 2008
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Stabroek News – April 1, 2008

A 38-year-old-man was remanded on a charge of abduction when he appeared before Magistrate Melissa Robertson-Ogle yesterday. Alfred Sooklall of 158 Montrose, East Coast Demerara allegedly forced a woman into his car last Friday at Smyth Street, Georgetown.

The man’s lawyer Peter Hugh told the court that the virtual complainant (VC) did not wish to move forward with the matter and his client was willing to stay away from the VC from now.

The VC, who was present in court, told the magistrate that this was so, but she required a restraining order against the accused.

Prosecutor Sherwin Mathews objected to bail on the grounds that the accused would interfere with the VC if allowed out on bail before the restraining order was in force.

Sooklall was remanded until April 7.

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