Police seeking legal advice on charges for cop who fatally struck schoolgirl


The investigation into the Goed Fortuin, West Bank Demerara accident that claimed the life of 12-year-old high school student, Kayla Barnabas is complete.

The file was sent for legal advice, Deputy Commissioner of Police with responsibility for Operation, Ravindradat Budhram told the News Room on Tuesday.

“The investigation was done and we are presently receiving advice from the DPP (Director of Public Prosecution) and Police Legal Advisor,” Budhram said at the sidelines of an event at the Ministry of Home Affairs, Brickdam, Georgetown.

On June 01, Kayla was struck down while on a pedestrian crossing by a police pick-up that was reportedly undertaking a car at the time.

The child was heading home from school and was crossing the road at Goed Fortuin when she was struck down. The police vehicle was transporting prisoners at the time.

The police corporal, who was behind the wheel, reportedly told investigators that he saw the young girl “too late.”

The young girl’s mother, Somatee Barnabas was waiting on her daughter to return home from school when she received the dreadful news.

The last thing Somatee told her daughter before she left for school that morning was to be careful on the road.

Kayla was a first-form student of the West Demerara Secondary School. She was the younger of two girls.

Meanwhile, the police corporal remains under close arrest.


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