DPP requests probation report before deciding on charges for teen who shot, killed best friend

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The office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has requested a probation report for 16-year-old Abdool Wahab, before a decision is made as to whether he should be charged for “accidentally” shooting and killing his best friend, 15-year-old Rockey Sawh.

The incident occurred on November 17, while Sawh was at a sleepover at Wahab’s Sandy Babb Street, Kitty, Georgetown house.

Police investigators had sent the file to the DPP for legal advice; Regional Commander, Assistant Commissioner, Simon McBean told the News Room on Wednesday that the file was subsequently sent back to the police with the request that the police conduct additional investigations along with compiling a probation report.

“A probation report was required and we have applied for that,” the Commander said.  The 16-year-old suspect was also released on $100,000 station bail on Friday last.

The victim’s mother, Amrita Panday, remains in shock over the death of her son.

“It is hurting me and it is shocking me, I am hoping we get good results and everything comes out okay,” Panday said Wednesday.

The family continues to seek answers as to why Sawh was only taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) hours after he was shot in the head.

Doctors had told the family that the teen could have survived if he was taken to the hospital sooner. The young man, who was a student of Cummings Lodge Secondary School, East Coast Demerara, was “accidentally” shot in the right side of his head after Wahab broke into his father’s wardrobe and retrieved his licensed .32 Taurus pistol, pointed it at Sawh’s head and “accidentally” pulled the trigger.

Sawh was laid to rest on Sunday last.

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