DPP withdraws murder charge against Cop

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The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on Monday, withdrew a murder charge against a Rural Constable of Soesdyke, East Bank Demerara, who was accused of the murder of 15-year-old Ricardo Singh.

In October, 28-year-old Tony George appeared before Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan charged with the indictable offence and was remanded until October 23.

It was alleged that George murdered the Diamond, East Bank Demerara youth on July 9, 2018, on the Soesdyke Public Road.

When the matter was recalled before Senior Magistrate, Leron Daly the man’s lawyer, Dexter Todd argued that the charge is bad in law and that there is absolutely no evidence upon which the charge was instituted.

The Attorney argued that his client was wrongfully charged and so Police Prosecutor, Richard Harris was asked to seek further advice from the DPP.

When the matter was recalled, the DPP conceded with the defence that the accused was wrongfully charged by the police with the offence of murder and as such, discontinued the charge.

George then walked out of the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court a free man.

On the day in question, the teenager was at a wedding house at Soesdyke with his friends when an altercation occurred.

Singh was arrested by George, who placed him in the tray of the police vehicle but while on the way to the Police Station, it is alleged that the Constable stopped the police van and exited with the teen; he reportedly told the driver to leave.

It is further alleged that the police driver returned and found the teen with a stab wound to the abdomen and George stood looking on in the presence of residents.

News Room had reported that the circumstances surrounding the murder of Singh were unclear and his mother had pleaded for justice.

Singh would have celebrated his 16th birthday the same week he died.

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