Departmental charges for cops in Kescia Branche case

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Two police constables who were placed under close arrest during the investigation into the murder of 22-year-old school teacher, Kescia Branche will face a number of departmental charges.

A brief statement from the Guyana Police Force on Thursday night noted that the cops will be charged with neglect of duty, consuming intoxicating liquor while on duty, improperly enters licensed premises and acting in a manner likely to bring discredit on the reputation of the force.

The statement noted that the Force sought legal advice and the lawmen will be charged under the Police (Discipline) Act Chapter 17:01.

The two police constables were caught on camera leaving the Blue Martini Night Club in the company of Branche, hours before she was found unconscious at Louisa Row and Princes Street on November 05, 2017.

The trio then visited a Bar-B-Q spot on Mandela Avenue and from there, one of the cops said she left with a taxi.

On December 6, taxi driver Matthew Munroe, 47, of 19th Street, Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara (EBD) was charged with Branche’s murder. A post-mortem which was performed on the remains of the teacher found that she died as a result of blunt trauma to the head and haemorrhage.

Police had impounded Munroe’s car at the Brickdam Police Station. Munroe was reportedly the same person who Branche last had telephone contact with.

News Room also understands that the man fled the country the morning after Branche was found unconscious.

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