DPP returns Colwyn Harding’s file to Police for more investigations

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[www.inewsguyana.com] – Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Shalimar Ali – Hack has sent back the Colwyn Harding file to the Police for further investigations to be conducted into his alleged rape by a police officer.

The DPP made the announcement on Friday (February 21) in a press statement. The DPP clarified that her office received the file from the Police on February 6.

Harding is the young man who alleged that he was raped by Police Constable Devin Mahendra Singh at the Timehri Police Station in November 2013.

He accused the rank of inserting a condom covered baton into his anus, which damaged his intestines. An independent medical expert from the St. Joseph’s Mercy Hospital has since found medical evidence to prove that a ‘foreign object’ was inserted into the rectum of Harding, which caused internal bleeding.

This was revealed by his lawyer, Attorney – at – Law, Nigel Hughes. The 23 – year – old Harding was taken to the private doctor for an evaluation after being released from the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPH) on January 20.

However, the doctors at the GPH had said that Harding never informed them that he was raped and examinations of that ilk were never conducted and as such, they could not make that determination now since the incident occurred between November 15 -18, 2013 and Harding would most likely have already healed.

Harding was diagnosed and treated for Hernia by the doctors at the GPHC.

The allegations of rape only came to light in January 2014. An investigation was conducted by the Police Complaints Authority, which revealed that Harding was not raped.

The Authority recommended criminal and disciplinary charges against the accused Police Officers.

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