Death of UG student: Police awaiting DPP’s advice if to proceed in charging ‘friends’ for attempting to pervert justice

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By Kristen Macklingam

The fate of the two friends of the late 19-year-old University of Guyana student Harris Persaud is still to be determined as law enforcement officials are awaiting the advice from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on the way forward.

The late Harris Persaud
The late Harris Persaud

Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum told INews today that the Guyana Police Force (GPF) is still to be advised on whether or not the two individuals should be charged.

“We are waiting on the DPP to let us know if we are to charge the two boys for attempting to pervert the course of justice,” he stated.

When the body of Persaud was found and a Post Mortem Examination (PME) was conducted, it revealed that he died from drowning.

Persaud’s two friends who had been in police custody were released on their own recognizance, since there were no marks of violence about his body to indicate that he had been visibly harmed by the duo.

The young man who hailed from Lot 21 Granny Field, Cane Grove, East Coast Demerara (ECD), went missing on July 6th. His body was found floating in the Demerara River in the vicinity of Garden of Eden, East Bank Demerara (EBD) last Friday afternoon.

The Police had arrested the teen’s two friends with whom he was last seen.

The two men told Police that Persaud was swimming with them behind the Marriott Hotel, when a wave swept him away. They claimed that they panicked, and disposed of his clothing and other belongings at different villages along the ECD.

 

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