By Leroy Smith
[www.inewsguyana.com] – A police rank from the Sparendaam Police Station is very busy trying to convince the relatives of a teenager to take a financial settlement and not give statements against him after he poured methylated spirits on the teen’s hands and set it alight.
Last evening (Monday, June 02), the police confirmed they received reports about the matter and indicated that it is presently engaging the attention of the Police Office of Professional Responsibility.
The police in a press release stated that19 – year – old Junior Torrington of Eastville Housing Scheme, Annandale East Coast claimed that he was burnt to the hands by the police while in custody at the police station.
It was noted that at the time of the incident, the teen was being investigated for a criminal offence which occurred between May 25 and 27.
Meanwhile, iNews was also reliably informed by a source close to the investigation that the officer in charge of the Police Station was fingered in the 2009 torture of another teenager at the Leonora Police Station.
In that case, the child was burnt to his genitals with the use of a lighter and methylated spirits. iNews was also informed by a source that at this point no police rank from the Sparendaam Police Station is under close arrest.
This latest incident comes even as the police are working with several communities to get young people to have a better relationship with the police as well as the ongoing investigations of one case of police brutality and torture at the Timheri Police Station and another case of police excesses where a cadet officer shot a teenager in his mouth.