Concerns of torture raised in detention of murder suspect


By Leroy Smith

Family members and at least one legal representative of a Plaisance man are concerned that he might be languishing in an East Coast Demerara lockups suffering from torture at the hands of investigators in that division.


The News Room has been informed that Godfrey Gills who reportedly confessed to murdering 76-year-old David Ramkissoon on Friday (September 23, 2016), might have been forced into providing police ranks with his confession statement.


Last evening sources who contacted News Room reported that the young man might have indeed provided the police with the confession statement but that was under duress.


However, police sources within the police ‘C’ Division are denying the claims. One police source indicated that the young and another from the same community, who also confessed to the crime, began having issues after they failed to evenly split approximately six million dollars which they took from the pensioner’s home.


The legal representative who spoke with the News Room indicated that he has visited and requested of the police that his client be allowed to see a doctor. This he said was initially promised but was subsequently denied.


“When I called them back, the excuse that they provided me with was that they could not get onto anyone senior who can authorise the move of the young man from the police station to see a doctor. Can you believe that as an excuse?” the legal rep told the News Room.


Godfrey Gills and Sherwin Clark were picked up by the police on Friday (September 23, 2016) at their respective homes in Plaisance, E.C.D. following information received. By Saturday (September 24, 2016), another man said to be the brother of one of the suspects, was also picked up as the police continue their investigation.


The police are expected to send the file to the Director of Public Prosecution to advise on the charges later today (September 26, 2016).


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