By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Following several media reports, Magistrate Marissa Mittelholzer has been forced to release the 15 – year – old in the care of her mother, Bridgette Moore.
The mother of nine children told iNews during a telephone interview that her daughter reappeared at the New Amsterdam Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, August 13, where the Magistrate ordered that she be returned in her care and that welfare officers should check on her two times per week.
But while the mother is happy with her daughter’s release, she is peeved at the insults she received in a packed courtroom allegedly by Magistrate Mittelholzer.
The mother claims that the Magistrate verbally abused her and accused her of lying about the circumstances surrounding the arrest and imprisonment of her daughter.
“That lady ain’t know me but if you hear how she rekkin’ fuh me; and when I go to talk, she tell me don’t talk…she tell me all kind ah thing; how me daughter don’t go to school and I does got she travelling with me all hours in the night,” the upset mother told iNews.
After her daughter was in police custody for more than a month, Moore staged a protest action outside the Court of Appeal in Georgetown on Wednesday, August 12, pleading with authorities to intervene.
The teenager has been pushed around between the Whim Police Station and the New Opportunity Corps in Dennis Street, Sophia, Greater Georgetown and then placed in an orphanage which subsequently refused to take her in.
On July 20, iNews had reported that the family of the teenager wanted the relevant authorities to look into their situation with some urgency after the teenager was locked up at the Whim Police Station, Corentyne Berbice for quite some time.
The young lady was placed in custody as a result of a physical altercation she had with another girl. According to reports, the teenager of Rose Hall Town, was attempting to defend her pregnant sister, who came under attack, when the altercation took place.
She was later charged and placed before the Albion Magistrate’s court, where she was remanded to the New Opportunity Corps in Georgetown. She was transported to the facility after more than two weeks of having to sleep in a cell with other prisoners.
On Monday, August 10, the teenager was taken back to the Albion Magistrate’s Court, where Magistrate Marissa Mittelholzer ordered that she be placed at an Orphanage in Georgetown since her mother only has a one bedroom house.
The mother, during her protest, told reporters that her daughter was not transported to Georgetown the same day and had to sleep in a cell filled with water at the Whim Police Station.
On Tuesday, she was brought to Georgetown but for reasons unknown at this time, the orphanage refused to accept the teenager. According to the mother, the young lady is experiencing her menstrual cycle and was forced to endure an entire day with the police officers who took her with them to conduct their daily business in the city.
The distraught mother told iNews that her daughter was not given food or even allowed to take a bath; she was taken back to the Whim Police Station where she was forced again to spend the night.