Investigation launched into beating of Berbice Headteacher


Police in ‘B’ Division are continuing their investigations into the assault of the Headmistress of the Number 5 Primary School, West Coast Berbice (WCB), Gangadai Sebarat Issacs, who was badly beaten by a 16-year-old boy on Saturday evening.

Police Commander of the Division, Paul Langevine told reporters Monday that the file is being prepared to be sent for legal advice.

The 33-year-old mother of three is still in pain from the blows she received at the hands of the teenager, who has been described as a known “troublemaker” in the community.

Issacs said that she is pleased with the pace of the police investigation thus far and hopes that justice will prevail.

She said that she met with the Police Commander and the Officer in Charge of West Coast Berbice District, Elton Davidson on Monday; a confrontation with the suspect was subsequently held and statements were taken.

Three days after the beating, the Headteacher’s face is still swollen

The teenager was released into the custody of his parents, pending possible criminal charges.

Three days after the beating, the Headteacher’s face is still swollen; she continues to experience severe pain to her abdomen and gets bouts of dizziness.

In explaining what occurred, Issacs said she and her children were walking to her mother’s house in Number 9 Village, WCB when she noticed the teenager walking in the opposite direction.

She said that he approached her in an aggressive way and so she stepped aside to let him pass but the teenager continued to walk towards her and her 3-year-old son.

“I cautioned him and ask if he wasn’t seeing but he didn’t respond so I pulled my son closer for him to pass again but he walked into my son and bumped into him. I again cautioned him but he turned around and pushed me in my stomach,” the Headteacher said.

Fearing for the safety of her toddler, the mother said she held onto her son but the teenager kissed her on the lips.

“I felt disgusted and spit and he began beating me in my face and mouth and my body”, the Headmistress recounted.

News Room understands that there are several reports of misdemeanor lodged against the teenager at the Police Station.

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