Colwyn Harding’s file sent to DPP

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[www.inewsguyana.com]The File regarding the investigations into Colwyn Harding’s buggery and assault  allegations against several police ranks at the Timehri Police Station is now at the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

This was confirmed by Crime Chief Seelall Persaud recently.

The Crime Chief did not want to get into the details of the report and what was stated within by the Chairman of the Police Complaints Authority but admitted that whatever is stated in the report and whatever decision the DPP makes will be made public.

Last week, Justice Cecil Kennard told iNews that his leg of the investigations was completed, and his preliminary findings that at least two of the ranks from the Timehri Police Station could face criminal charges of assault while other ranks are likely to be slapped with disciplinary action for breaching the Standard Operating Procedures.

Last year, the 23 – year – old was abused while in police custody and the matter came to light in Early January 2014, sparking much outrage. He accused a police of inserting a condom covered baton into his anus.

The incident and the many media reports on the issue has even force the Ministry of Home Affairs to caution ranks against some of their behaviors which the ministry stated makes a mockery of the ongoing Police Reform Process.

A very critical part of the reform process is the regaining of public confidence in the Guyana Police Force, something that has been an uphill task for the force which continues to be plagued with one embarrassment to the next, all brought upon by its own ranks.

The Colwyn Harding case also brought out the Commissioner of Police and part of his top brass who held a press conference and made it clear that the matter was being investigated and those guilty of any wrong doing will face the full brunt of the law.

He has also transferred all the ranks from the police station in question that were fingered in the allegation while one remains under close arrest.

 

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