Departmental changes, disciplinary actions for cops fingered in Teacher’s murder


Departmental Changes are to be instituted against the two police constables who were placed under close arrest during the murder investigation of Kescia Branche.

Murdered: Kescia Branche

This is according to Police Public Relations Office and Press Officer, Superintendent, Jairam Ramlakhan who posited that “the legal advice obtained outlined that the lawmen be charged under the Police (Discipline) Act Chapter 17:01” for breaches of discipline.

Those breaches, as outlined by Ramlakhan, are; neglect of duty, consuming intoxicating liquor while on duty, improperly entering a licenced premises, and acting in a manner likely to bring discredit to the reputation of the Force.

Branche, a mother of one and a teacher, who resided in Cummings Lodge, Greater Georgetown was last seen on November 4, 2017, when she left for a night out with her friends.

However, her unconscious and battered body was found in the vicinity of Princes Street and Louisa Row, Georgetown, the morning after.

She was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation where she remained in an unconscious state until her death, two days later.

Several persons were questioned and subsequently released for the young teacher’s murder.

These included the father of Branche’s daughter and two police officers who claimed that they offered her a lift in a taxi after seeing her waiting outside a city establishment.

Moreover, Matthew Munroe, the taxi driver-who reportedly was the last person to see Branche alive-was charged with her murder earlier this month.

Munroe, 47, of 19th Street, Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara was not required to plead to the indictable charge which alleged that on November 05, 2017, he physically assaulted Branche and left her in an unconscious state in the vicinity of Princes Street and Louisa Row, Georgetown, resulting in her death on November 7, 2017, at the Georgetown Public Hospital.

Accused: Matthew Munroe (white shirt)

The accused is expected to return to court on January 9, 2017.


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