GWI staff sexually, physically assaulted in Corentyne
Two customer service employees attached to Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) in Region 6 (East Berbice/Corentyne) were this week assaulted on separate occasions by residents while conducting meter reading exercises.
The first incident occurred on Monday last when a female customer services field staff attached to GWI’s Chesney office was held by the breast and pushed out of a yard.
The GWI in a statement explained that the staff at the time was clad in a green jacket, which she frequently wears, and which was provided to her as an athlete who represented the region at sporting events.
According to the water company, upon arrival at the customer’s premises in the village of Toopoo, Albion, Corentyne she called out and was greeted by a male figure, who secured his dog and gave the field staff access to the premises.
“However, while conducting her duties, a second male appeared, hurling profanities and stating that he doesn’t want any APNU/AFC people in his yard. The male then cradled the GWI staff by the breasts and pushed her out of the yard,” GWI said.
Following this, the employee was instructed to make a police report and visited the Albion Police Station but the matter was transferred to the Whim Police station which handles sexual offences matters.
In a separate incident, a customer services field staff was on Wednesday physically assaulted by a customer while conducting meter reading in the village of Maida in the Corentyne.
The customer prevented the GWI field staff from opening the meter box by placing her feet thereon. Following this, she pushed the staff and his cellular phone was thrown to the ground.
A report has also been filed at the Whim Police Station.
GWI says it awaits further action on the part of the Police.