By Kurt Campbell
[www.inewsguyana.com] –A former policeman who gave some five years of service to the Guyana Police Force (GPF) and now works as an Analyst at Bosai Minerals Group Guyana has bemoaned the cruelty meted out to him after he was wrongfully detained at the Mackenzie Police Station, Linden.
The Linden resident, 35 – year – old Jerry Joseph, said he visited the police station on January 11 to give assistance to the police who are inquiring into an incident involving the theft of expensive equipment from Bosai when he was detained for three days.
“The treatment that I receive wasn’t no easy treatment. I spent five years in this Police Force and serve this Guyana Police Force and I never went in a corruption or nothing and these people treat me so bad,” the distressed father complained as he recalled the maltreatment he endured.
He said he was thrown into the lock – ups with hardened criminals by the Lance Corporal, despite receiving instructions to keep him on the bench.
“The man called me a prisoner and say he don’t get no prisoner sitting down on bench and the man start talk up.”
Joseph told iNews during a telephone interview that he was severely ill treated.
“Prisoners come from Georgetown that afternoon late and I get scared for my life because I don’t know who is who… no lights in the lock ups, the walls dutty and stink, the toilets full a worms, the bathroom full of roaches. When I come out of there I stink… man walking over me naked.”
He recalled that during the night the Lance Corporal turned off all the lights in the police station, after watching television for a few hours.
“When I peep through the little square on the door, the man on the counter top lying straight, stretch out he foot and sleeping. That’s why he didn’t want me to sit on the bench. Now he is the man in charge; what example he setting for the others?” Joseph questioned.
Joseph was released on bail yesterday (Wednesday, January 14) as investigations continue.
The man continues to deny any involvement in the incident which was caught on camera. He claimed the thief had a gun and he could not chase after the man; explaining that this may be the reason why it is felt that he was involved in the incident.
Joseph said he has proceeded on two weeks leave but is not sure of the status of his employment with the company.
“When I go back to work all these people telling me is that they sorry for inconvenience but the police had to do their job. My wife getting baby and right now her pressure high.”
He said he received no apology from the General Manager or management.