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Families of four Policemen sentenced to 18 mo. each for assaulting businessman to challenge decision

shot0003While protesting Magistrate Judy Latchman’s jail sentence handed down to four Policemen, the families are looking to bring legal action to have the decision of the Magistrate overturned.

The four men were sentenced to 18 months in prison each, for assaulting an East Bank businessman last year. The families see the move as a grave injustice and lamented the fact that the men were  merely doing their job. They feel that because of the businessman’s connection to a member of the hierarchy of the Guyana Police Force, the Policemen were given a raw deal.

Those jailed are Corporal Kevon Smith, Constables Jermaine Scott, Marlon Gonsalves and Wilwert Watts.

The Policemen were stationed at Brickdam and were on patrol on the East Bank when they reportedly saw a traffic build-up when they noticed that the businessman was in breach of one of the traffic regulations and proceeded to caution him. The businessman reportedly drove away. Family members are asking why the businessman was never charged.

The matter was before the court for more than a year with the ranks interdicted from duty pending the outcome of the case.

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