By Tracey Khan – Drakes
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Controversial Magistrate Alex Moore was yesterday suspended by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) following allegations of inappropriate behavior made by an East Coast Demerara businesswoman.
Member of the JSC, Justice Prem Persaud told iNews today during a telephone interview that the Commission met yesterday (Friday, November 28) where the matter was discussed and a decision was taken to suspend Magistrate Moore with immediate effect over the allegations.
Justice Persaud further explained that an inquiry will be established and the Magistrate will be notified and given an opportunity to defend himself.
It is after this that a decision will be taken on the way forward as it relates to his suspension. However, Justice Persaud said priority is being given to this matter to ensure that all parties are treated equally, noting that it would be unfair to have the Magistrate on suspension for too long without investigating the allegations.
According to reports, Moore was accused by 47 – year – old Businesswoman, Seerojanie Singh of improper conduct during a hearing at the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court on November 12.
The woman had written to the Chancellor of the Judiciary (Ag), Justice Carl Singh over the “torment” she claimed to have endured at the hands of Magistrate Moore.
According to reports, the woman has deemed the Magistrate’s behaviour as shocking and unheard of in a court of law. She added that the Magistrate was very disrespectful towards her in a packed courtroom and this promoted her to report the matter to the Legal Affairs Minister, the Ombudsman and Chancellor of the Judiciary.
The woman appeared at the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court before magistrate Moore after she was cross charged with a man for using abusive language.
It is alleged that the Magistrate confronted the woman about each of the abusive words which stemmed from the encounter which included mostly expletives.
The woman said she was even threatened by the Magistrate for refusing to drop the charges and told she would be prosecuted.
According to reports in the Kaieteur News, the woman said, “He asked the man and me, if he [the defendant] ask me to suck he c**k and b****r.”
It is alleged that the Magistrate resorted to asking her who “told her to come to court” to which she responded “the police.”
“You know what the Magistrate turned and ask me? If the police tell me to take off my jewel and give them, if I would do that? Me seh ‘no sir’. He turn and tell the police (court orderly) to ask me to give him the jewel and he did. I seh ‘sir you didn’t buy this and give me so I won’t take it off and give you.”
“He (Magistrate) turn and ask me if the police ask me for sex me if me go give in and me nah answer right, because me shame and if you see how this man ah lash down on this desk for me to answer the question. Then me tell he no.”
It was Magistrate Moore who recently handed down a surprising five year suspended sentence to confessed drug trafficker, Leonard Bacchus; a decision which was heavily criticized by sections of the legal fraternity.