Trot­man or­ders en­force­ment op­er­a­tion af­ter miner dies in Mowasie pit cave-in

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A miner died in a pit cave-in at Mowasi Back­dam, Kon­awaruk, Po­taro on Mon­day evening, re­sult­ing in Min­is­ter of Nat­u­ral Re­sources Raphael Trot­man yes­ter­day or­der­ing an im­me­di­ate en­force­ment op­er­a­tion to ad­dress the in­crease in min­ing-re­lated deaths. The cave-in oc­curred around 6 pm on Mon­day while the now de­ceased Len­nox Dou­glas, 33, a res­i­dent of Can­vas City, Wis­mar, Lin­den and two other men were work­ing in the min­ing pit. Stabroek News has learnt from sources that the sur­viv­ing min­ers re­ported to the po­lice that they were all in the min­ing pit op­er­at­ing a four inch dredge when a por­tion of the wall col­lapsed and struck Dou­glas to his head. He was picked up and taken to the Is­sano Health Cen­tre, where he suc­cumbed while re­ceiv­ing med­i­cal at­ten­tion. Dou­glas’ two co-work­ers are said to be as­sist­ing the po­lice with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Man gets life sen­tence for rape of girl, 8

Jus­tice Jo-Ann Bar­low yes­ter­day ‘threw the book’ at David Alexan­der for his bru­tal rape of an 8-year-old girl, who had to be hos­pi­talised af­ter­ward, say­ing that his case was the “worst of the worst” and the acts per­pet­u­ated by him were the types for which a life sen­tence was made the max­i­mum penalty. Shortly af­ter the open­ing cer­e­mony of the Oc­to­ber crim­i­nal ses­sion in Ge­orge­town, Alexan­der pleaded guilty to a charge of sex­u­ally pen­e­trat­ing the girl on Fe­bru­ary 24th, 2015. He was 31-years-old at the time. In an at­tempt at a plea in mit­i­ga­tion, which failed to move the judge, at­tor­ney Clyde Forde sought to ad­vance that his client was drunk at the time and was not fully aware of what he was do­ing. In a strong rep­ri­mand, the judge told both coun­sel and client that the ex­pla­na­tion was no ex­cuse for his ac­tions and ought not to be so made. The judge said that while it was not the in­ten­tion of her court to crit­i­cise per­sons who drink, a strong mes­sage needed to be sent to those who con­sume al­co­hol and are there­after in­ca­pable of con­trol­ling their men­tal fac­ul­ties, go­ing on to com­mit of­fences and then us­ing their drunk­en­ness as an ex­cuse. “That [drunk­en­ness] is no ex­cuse,” the judge told Forde. David Alexan­der

Too much time be­ing wasted on prep­ping crim­i­nal case files

Spe­cial Or­gan­ised Crime Unit (SOCU) ad­viser Dr Sam Sit­tling­ton yes­ter­day told in­ves­ti­ga­tors and prose­cu­tors that too much time is be­ing wasted on pre­par­ing crim­i­nal case files, which fail to hold up in court. “It’s a very im­por­tant area of work and we see a lot of cases get­ting to court and fail­ing at court. We’ve seen fail­ings when the file would go to the DPP [Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions]. We don’t want files to come back to us with amend­ments and cor­rec­tions. We want one file, one time, go­ing to the DPP and that file be­ing re­ferred to charges. It’s a lot of time wast­ing and we don’t need that,” Sit­tling­ton said as he opened a train­ing ses­sion aimed at as­sist­ing prose­cu­tors and in­ves­ti­ga­tors in pre­par­ing files for anti-money laun­der­ing and as­sets re­cov­ery cases. The open­ing was held yes­ter­day at the Po­lice Of­fi­cers’ Train­ing Academy, where three days of train­ing will be con­ducted by ex­perts from the As­set Re­cov­ery Unit (ARU) that is linked to the Re­gional Se­cu­rity Sys­tem (RSS), based in Bar­ba­dos. The par­tic­i­pants are drawn from the Cham­bers of the DPP, the Guyana Rev­enue Author­ity (GRA), the State As­sets Re­cov­ery Unit (SARU), the Fi­nan­cial In­tel­li­gence Unit (FUI) and SOCU.

Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 4th New teach­ers’ strike looms with back­ing of united unions

The Guyana Teach­ers’ Union (GTU) yes­ter­day sig­nalled its in­ten­tion to re­sume in­dus­trial ac­tion af­ter govern­ment failed to meet an ul­ti­ma­tum to re­scind its uni­lat­eral ap­point­ment of a chair­man of the ar­bi­tra­tion panel to rule on salary and non-salary ben­e­fits for teach­ers. “Strike ac­tion is al­ways a last re­sort and we thought hav­ing given the ad­min­is­tra­tion an ul­ti­ma­tum of seven days, that we would have had a favourable re­sponse. In­stead, the Min­is­ter with re­spon­si­bil­ity for Labour (Keith Scott) would have is­sued ap­point­ment let­ters to the nom­i­nee from the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion (MoE) and the chair­per­son in the form of Dr Ley­land Lu­cas. We have re­jected those pro­pos­als,” GTU Pres­i­dent Mark Lyte told a news con­fer­ence yes­ter­day. “In fact…we would be call­ing our mem­bers out for the sec­ond time to be en­gaged in strike ac­tion. Our mem­bers are ready and they are will­ing to con­tinue the fight, to con­tinue the strug­gle,” he added. Lyte ad­dressed the me­dia at the GTU au­di­to­rium as the seven-day pe­riod set for govern­ment to re­scind Lu­cas’ ap­point­ment ex­pired. He said the GTU’s mem­ber­ship has ex­pressed sup­port for an­other round of in­dus­trial ac­tion as in­di­cated at a meet­ing on Tues­day in Re­gion Ten (Up­per De­mer­ara/Up­per Ber­bice). Sup­port has also been ex­pressed in re­gions Seven, Six, Five, Two, and One.

PPP LGE can­di­date asks court to re­move names from AFC back­ers’ lists

Ar­gu­ing that the in­tegrity of the up­com­ing Lo­cal Govern­ment Elec­tions (LGE) in the Whim/Bloom­field Lo­cal Author­ity Area is un­der threat, a can­di­date for the PPP yes­ter­day filed a court ac­tion to void the list­ing of 50 names, in­clud­ing his, as of­fi­cial nom­i­na­tors of ri­val AFC can­di­dates. In a fixed date ap­pli­ca­tion, Shafraz Beekham, of Let­ter Kenny Vil­lage, Coren­tyne, says he and 49 oth­ers were “mis­led/de­ceived” by an AFC rep­re­sen­ta­tive into sign­ing as a “nom­i­na­tor/sup­porter” of can­di­date Or­lando Christo­pher Per­saud, who is first named re­spon­dent in the suit. Chief Elec­tion Of­fi­cer Keith Lowen­field is the sec­ond named re­spon­dent. Beekham has asked the High Court for writs di­rected to Per­saud to quash his de­ci­sion to refuse to with­draw/re­move/delete his name and the names of 49 oth­ers from the lists of back­ers of AFC Con­stituency Can­di­dates in the Whim/Bloom­field area for the LGE, and to com­pel him to so do. He charges that the grounds for the ap­pli­ca­tion are that Per­saud’s re­fusal to with­draw the names is un­law­ful, il­le­gal, un­rea­son­able, in bad faith, based on im­proper or ir­reg­u­lar con­sid­er­a­tion, and in vi­o­la­tion of the Lo­cal Au­thor­i­ties (Elec­tions) Act.

Au­topsy points to mur­der af­ter Grove car­pen­ter found dead in drain

A Grove Squat­ting Area car­pen­ter was dis­cov­ered dead in a drain out­side the com­pound of the city mag­is­trates’ courts on Av­enue of the Repub­lic, on Sun­day morn­ing, and an au­topsy yes­ter­day con­firmed that he was mur­dered. Dead is Shafiyq For­rester, 28, of Lot 197 Sar­ran Street, Grove Squat­ting Area, East Bank De­mer­ara. For­rester’s life­less body was dis­cov­ered around 7 am on Sun­day. Po­lice spokesman Jairam Ram­lakhan yes­ter­day con­firmed that the in­ves­ti­ga­tion took a twist af­ter an au­topsy re­vealed that For­rester died as a re­sult of as­phyx­i­a­tion due to drown­ing, com­pounded by com­pres­sion in­juries to the neck and blunt trauma to the head. A per­son of in­ter­est is cur­rently be­ing sought, he said. While the cir­cum­stances that led to For­rester’s demise are still be­ing in­ves­ti­gated, this news­pa­per was in­formed that he was last seen in vicin­ity of the courts talk­ing with a few in­di­vid­u­als, who were sub­se­quently seen chas­ing af­ter him. For­rester was dis­cov­ered dead sev­eral hours af­ter.

Ap­peal Court be­gins hear­ing chal­lenge to GE­COM chair­man’s ap­point­ment

At a hear­ing span­ning some five hours yes­ter­day, the Guyana Court of Ap­peal be­gan hear­ing ar­gu­ments in the ap­peal filed by PPP ex­ec­u­tive Zul­fikar Mustapha to chal­lenge the rul­ing up­hold­ing Pres­i­dent David Granger’s uni­lat­eral ap­point­ment of re­tired Jus­tice Win­ston Pat­ter­son as Chair­man of the Guyana Elec­tions Com­mis­sion (GE­COM). Ar­gu­ing on be­half of the state were At­tor­ney Gen­eral Basil Williams SC and Bar­ba­dian Queen’s Coun­sel Hal Gol­lop and Ralph Thorne, who have asked the court to af­firm the de­ci­sion of act­ing Chief Jus­tice Rox­ane Ge­orge that Pat­ter­son’s ap­point­ment by the Pres­i­dent was con­sti­tu­tional and that he does con­form to the cri­te­ria of be­ing “fit and proper” as re­quired by the con­sti­tu­tion. At­tor­ney Anil Nand­lall, the for­mer At­tor­ney Gen­eral un­der the PPP ad­min­is­tra­tion and coun­sel for Mustapha, is, how­ever, ar­gu­ing that Pat­ter­son’s ap­point­ment con­tra­venes the con­sti­tu­tion and for this rea­son the rul­ing of the Chief Jus­tice should be over­turned. The state yes­ter­day pre­sented pre­lim­i­nary ob­jec­tions to the court’s ju­ris­dic­tion to hear and de­ter­mine the ap­peal, which they say con­cerns is­sues re­lated to the Novem­ber 12th lo­cal govern­ment elec­tions.

Over 25 lbs of co­caine found af­ter CANU ar­rests trio

Three men are ex­pected to face charges, in­clud­ing drug traf­fick­ing, to­day af­ter their ar­rests by ranks of the Cus­toms Anti-Nar­cotic Unit (CANU) on Wed­nes­day re­sulted in the dis­cov­ery of over 25 pounds of co­caine. CANU, in a state­ment to the press last night, said Aun­dre Singh, of 779 Sec­tion B, Block X, Di­a­mond Hous­ing Scheme, Clif­ford Gou­veia, of Lot 14 Lit­tle Abary, East Coast De­mer­ara, and O’Neil Cha­ran of Lot 47 Sandy Babb Street, Kitty, Ge­orge­town were in­ter­cepted dur­ing an ex­change along the Ru­pert Craig High­way, in the vicin­ity of the sea­wall be­tween Pere and Queen streets, Kitty. Singh was the driver of a white Premio, PSS 8977, with Cha­ran as a pas­sen­ger, while Gou­veia was the driver of PLL 5213, who was be­hind Singh’s ve­hi­cle on the high­way. CANU said af­ter ob­serv­ing the cars, ranks in­ter­cepted the trans­fer of a box con­tain­ing five sus­pected bricks of co­caine and beauty soaps be­tween the cars. As a re­sult, a to­tal of 5.582 kilo­grammes of sus­pected co­caine was in­ter­cepted dur­ing the trans­fer.

An­nan­dale woman wanted over co­caine in baux­ite ship

An An­nan­dale, East Coast De­mer­ara busi­ness­woman is wanted for ques­tion­ing by the Cus­toms Anti-Nar­cotic Unit (CANU) fol­low­ing the re­cent seizure of co­caine by the Royal Cana­dian Mounted Po­lice (RCMP) from a ves­sel from Guyana. A wanted bul­letin is­sued last night by the agency said Rose­mary Singh, also known as Rose, of Lot 123 Ram­s­ingh Street, An­nan­dale, and 153 South An­nan­dale, who is the pro­pri­etor of “Rose Bar” at Sec­tion C, En­ter­prise, is wanted by the CANU in con­nec­tion with the in­ter­cep­tion of 81 kilo­grammes of co­caine on a ves­sel in Canada on Septem­ber 15th, 2018. CANU asked any­one with in­for­ma­tion or know­ing of Singh’s where­abouts to make con­tact with its head­quar­ters on tele­phone num­bers 227-3507 and 226-0431. On Septem­ber 24th, it was re­ported by this news­pa­per that four per­sons were ar­rested and two of them have been charged af­ter a large quan­tity of co­caine was seized from the ves­sel by the RCMP.

Aun­dre Singh Clif­ford Gou­veia O’Neil Cha­ran

Len­nox Dou­glas

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