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Former MP charged for sexual assault

first_imgFollowing political pressureHours after former People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Member of Parliament (MP), Alister Charlie accused the David Granger-led Administration of using the criminal justice system as a political instrument against their political opponents, he was taken before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts. Charlie was on Tuesday charged for sexual assault and attempting to pervert the course of justice. He was released on bail immediately after the charge was read at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts. Charlie, who is also a Central Committee Member of the PPP, appeared before Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus and denied both charges which alleged that between July 31 and August 1, 2019, at Lethem, Rupununi, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo), he sexually assaulted a 16-year-old boy.It was further alleged that on August 5, 2019, in Lethem, Rupununi, he attempted to pervert the course of justice. In court on Tuesday, Defence Counsel, Latchmi Rahamat, in a bail application, requested that her client be released on reasonable bail.The former MP was released on $200,000 bail and the case will continue on January 31 at the Lethem Magistrate’s Court.Only Monday evening, Charlie had said that “expectedly, as it is becoming clearer with every passing day that the coalition Government will lose the March 2, 2020 National and Regional Elections, they are becoming progressively more desperate and vindictive”.He added, “we have already witnessed their acts of vandalism against our party’s flags and other campaign paraphernalia. We have also witnessed their acts of thuggery and intimidation against our party’s activists as they move around the country to spread the message of the PPP/C”.According to Charlie, after applying tremendous political pressure upon members of the Guyana Police Force, “they have finally succeeded in getting me charged with the criminal offences of sexual assault and attempting to pervert the course of justice”.It is to be noted, he said, that the initial Police investigation concluded the matter as being resolved with the Virtual Complainant retracting the complaint after confessing that he was forced to make that complaint by someone “who is a known PNC activist” in the area. It is also important to note, he said, that the incident in question allegedly occurred since July 31, 2019.“Subsequently, Vice President Sydney Allicock visited the police station with a delegation and, as a result, a special team of police officers, centrally directed from Eve Leary, Georgetown, was dispatched to reopen the investigation. As a result, these charges emerged. It is not without relevance that PNC activist, Carl Parker, the ex-Regional Executive Officer of Region Nine, was charged with attempted rape.”“I maintain that I am innocent of these charges and these charges are instituted against me because I was a Member of Parliament and a Central Committee Member of the PPP,” Charlie stated.last_img read more

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Smith fills in admirably at COC

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe Cougars play Monday at Rio Bravo Country Club in Bakersfield, then play April 24 in the 36-hole conference finals at Lost Canyons Golf Club in Simi Valley. Following that comes the May 1 Southern California Regional. If the Cougars finish among the top four regional teams, they’ll play in the May 8 state championship. “I think the team has a pretty good chance of doing well,” said Smith, who qualified for the U.S. Amateur Public Links in 2002. “The 5-6 men win championships for you, and those guys are starting to develop.” Joe Greiner and Riley Marshall shot even-par 72s to lead Canyons at Rancho San Marcos. Phil Martinez (74), Edgar Reyes (76), Young-Bin Paek (77) and Kyle Mar shall (81) completed the Cougars’ scoring. Still going strong: Former Santa Clarita Valley junior golf standouts Melanie De Leon and Angela Villela continue to excel out of the area. Charlie Smith, the former Hart High standout who in 2000 played on the second of College of the Canyons’ three men’s state championship teams, is back at Canyons as an assistant coach and making the most of on-the-job training. Smith on Monday took over for longtime Canyons head coach Gary Peterson, and the Cougars won the sixth Western State Conference tournament of the season, finishing three strokes ahead of runner-up Bakersfield and doubling their conference lead over second-place Santa Barbara. “It’s different,” Smith said about being in charge, with Peterson out of the state making college arrangements for his daughter. “I remember some of the things coach told me when I was playing that I didn’t like, and now I hear myself saying those same things.” Canyons (31-5) shot 371 to win the seven-team WSC tournament at Rancho San Marcos Golf Course in Santa Barbara, outdistancing Bakersfield (374) and host Santa Barbara (382), which finished third to fall to 27-9 in conference with three tournaments remaining. Villela, now a sophomore at San Fernando High, won the girls’ B Division of the Los Angeles City Junior Championship by seven strokes Monday, finishing 78-77-72-227 on the Encino and Balboa golf courses at Sepulveda Basin in Encino. Last summer, Villela was a top-10 finisher in the Long Beach Women’s Championship, then qualified to play in junior-pro team competition in the Champions Tour’s First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. De Leon, the 2004 state girls junior champion and 2004 Daily News Girls’ Golfer of the Year at Saugus High, is challenging for Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year honors at University of Nevada. She led Nevada in scoring during the fall season with a 76 average – best among freshman in the conference – and has been the Wolfpack’s low scorer in two of the first three spring tournaments. De Leon posted a personal spring best of 74 at the Fresno State Invitational and placed sixth overall in the Anteater Invitational at San Diego. Amira on target: Valencia junior Louis Amira played some of his best golf of the season Saturday through Tuesday, compiling a 9-under-par, 72-hole 280 with rounds of 69-70-73 in the L.A. City Junior, then a 68 in the Oak Park Invitational. He tied for first Tuesday in the Oak Park event at Sterling Hills Golf Course in Camarillo, losing to Oak Park sophomore Alex Kang on the first hole of a playoff. In the L.A. City Junior at Griffith Park’s Wilson and Harding courses, Amira placed fourth behind three-time winner and 2004 U.S. Junior Amateur titlist Sihwan Kim of Fullerton High (67-71-69). Valencia finished second in team scoring at the Oak Park Invitational, shooting 224 to fall two shots short of St. Bonaventure of Ventura. Harvard-Westlake of Studio City (225), Oak Park and Arroyo Grande (both 226), Ventura (236), Harvard-Westlake’s B team (241), Oaks Christian of Westlake Village’s B team (243) and Calabasas, Loyola of Los Angeles and Oak Park’s B team (all 244) rounded out the top-10 in the 32-team competition.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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