Policemen charged in torture case
A police inspector and a constable were today granted bail after appearing in the Sparendaam Magistrate Court to in that torture case involving 19 year old Junior Thornton. When the matter was called this morning before magistrate Sueanna Lovell, Constable Irvin Forester was slapped with the charge of causing grievous bodily arm while inspector Dexter Torrington was charged with perverting the course of justice.
19-year-old Thornton has said that ranks at the Sparendaam Police station burnt his hands while he was in custody. The young man is alleging that police ranks soaked his hands with methylated spirits and set them alight.
In objecting to bail, the prosecutor said that the men breached all police protocols. Forester he said should have shown some consideration and acted professionally in dealing with the prisoner. Inspector Torrington, the prosecutor said, should have allowed the course of justice of prevail rather that agreeing to some settlement while adding that the Guyana Police Force does not condone such actions in his bail objections.
Attorney at Law Dexter Todd who is representing the interest of the torture teen said he wanted to commend the police for instituting the charges.
Constable Irvin Forester was placed on $125,000 dollars bail while Inspector Dexter Torrington was granted bail in the amount of $100,000. The two will return to court on August 18 when the trial will commence.