Police Blotter: The Police deny involvement in Chief Librarian’s fatal accident
The Guyana Police Force is responding to an article captioned “Chief Librarian dies in smash up with Police” and which was published in the Kaieteur News of Wednesday December 25, 2013.
The article which dealt with the fatal accident on December 24, 2013, that resulted in the death of Gillian Thompson, stated that according to reports bandits were speeding away from the police (in the car that slammed into the bus that she was in).
It then goes on to say that relatives of the 47-year-old woman were told that it was not bandits in the vehicle, but rather police officers who were chasing after the bandits.
The Guyana Police Force wishes to emphatically state that no police vehicle or no vehicle in which there were police ranks was involved in the accident.
Also, the ensuing investigations did not unearth any information or evidence that the motor car involved in the accident was being pursued by the police.
The Police Force is once more urging that in keeping with professional journalism, some clarification on such matters be sought before publication.
Meanwhile, investigations have resulted in Odedo Underwood, 24 years, of Guyhoc Park, Georgetown, being charged with causing death by dangerous driving, breach of insurance, unlicensed driver and taking vehicle without owner’s consent.
He appeared in court today Friday December 27, 2013, before Magistrate Ms. Priya
Beharry-Seenarine where he pleaded “not guilty” to the charge of causing death by dangerous driving and “guilty” to the other charges.
He has been placed on bail in the sum of $500,000.00 and the matters have been adjourned to December 31, 2013.