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Judiciary, Executive agree on measures to ease prison overcrowding

In the wake of the violent prison unrest that claimed the lives of 17 inmates, top representatives of Guyana’s Judiciary and the Executive on Wednesday agreed to consider a raft of measures to address overcrowding in the country’s jails. Chancellor of the Judiciary, Carl Singh and Prime Minister, Moses Nagamootoo declined to divulge details of the almost two hours of ...

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Antigua-Barbuda prepares to join Guyana, others at Caribbean Court of Justice

Antigua and Barbuda appears poised to join Guyana and several other Caribbean Community (Caricom) member-states in having the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as the final court of appeal. A three-month public education campaign was launched on Thursday in that twin-island nation as the government prepares to hold a referendum to determine whether to replace the London-based Privy Council as ...

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Third person charged with murder of city businessman

A third person was Thursday arraigned for the murder of the owner of the Regent Multiplex Mall in mid-2015 on the West Coast Demerara. Kurt Erskine of 285 Section ‘C’ Golden Grove, East Coast Demerara was not required to plea to the indictable charge after it was read to him by Chief Magistrate, Ann Mc Lennan. Particulars of the offence ...

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Guyanese model jailed for cocaine trafficking

A Guyanese model was Tuesday jailed for attempting to traffick cocaine-in-achar to the United States (US) more than one year ago. Magistrate Leron Daley sentenced 41-year old Sadeeka Leona Odie to four years imprisonment and fined her GYD$30,000. She was nabbed at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) by agents of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) on February 8, 2014 ...

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Surinamese drug mule jailed in Guyana

A Surinamese woman, who attempted to smuggle cocaine from Guyana to Barbados, was Monday jailed for three years. Damario Cheslie was found guilty for being in possession of 526 grammes of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking. She was found guilty of the offence that was committed on May 17, 2015 at the Ogle International Airport, East Coast Demerara. At ...

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Man arraigned for stabbing death of girlfriend

A young man who, allegedly stabbed his 18-year old girlfriend 41 times almost one year ago, was Monday arraigned for murder. Appearing before East Coast Demerara Magistrate, Zameena Ally-Seepaul, the accused – Shivanand “Shiv” Roopnarine- was not required to plea to the indictable charge that he murdered Alicia Mc Pherson on April 19, 2015 at 612 ‘C’ Field, Sophia. The 22-year ...

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Lawyer charged in connection with road death

Attorney-at-Law Keisha Chase was Thursday arraigned on a charge of causing death by dangerous driving and she was granted GYD$250,000 bail. Chase was ordered to return to court on March 30, 2016. She is charged with causing the death of Julian Leitch of Lama Avenue, Bel Air Park on November 10, 2015 on Duncan Street Campbelville. Police blocked reporters from ...

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Nothing wrong with judges making decisions during pre-retirement leave- Chief Justice

There is nothing unusual about a retiring Chief Justice or any judge making decisions during their pre-retirement leave in cases that would have been heard before them in the Courts. This is according to statements made by sitting Chief Justice (ag) Yonnette Cummings-Edwards who explained that the practice has been employed by Judges in the past. The comments come after ...

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Businesswoman charged with trafficking her niece

A businesswoman was Monday arraigned for allegedly trafficking her niece twice and she was granted more than GYD$500,000 bail. The prosecution’s facts are that 43-year old Joyce Lawrence of Track “X” Plantation Grove, East Bank Demerara trafficked in a person- her niece who was a minor- between December 12 and 14, 2014 at Samatta Point, by means of a threat. ...

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