High Court to Review 13 Mercenaries’ Life Imprisonment Case on Tuesday

first_imgThe Supreme Court will consider hearing of the conviction and life imprisonment sentence for 13 persons charged with mercenarism.The High Court, which is the final arbiter of justice in the country, will hear argument in the matter on Tuesday, December 2.The Justices said last week they would hear the convicted men’s appeal against the ruling of Judge Emery Paye of Criminal Court ‘D’ at the Temple of Justice.Judge Paye convicted and sentenced them to life imprisonment on June 17, after he affirmed the unanimous guilty verdict of the empanelled jury.This is the only option that is now available to the defense team. If the Supreme Court affirms the lower court’s decision, then that will be the final arbiter of justice in this case.But, if the Supreme Court reverses the ruling, the case could go into re-trial with a new judge assigned to preside.Initially, the lead defense lawyer, Cllr. Tiawan Gongloe argued that the defendants were denied a fair trial, because the verdict of the six-member jury was not commensurate with the evidence adduced during the case.Their appeal was contained in an application requesting the court to institute a re-trial.Unfortunately, that request was denied by the Criminal Court ‘D’ judge, and he later stressed that the men will remain in jail for the rest of their lives.The 13 defendants were among 18 persons charged by the state with mercenarism in September 2012, in connection with the cross border attacks in the Ivory Coast, which resulted in the death of several persons including seven United Nations Peace Keepers from Niger serving in the la Cote d’Ivoire.The civil unrest in la Cote d’Ivoire had erupted between supporters of former Ivoirian President Laurent Gbagbo and that of President-elect Alassane Ouattara at the time.Five of the defendants were released for lack of evidence by the court, which the prosecution interposed no objection, while the rest of the 13 defendants were tried for their alleged role in the cross border attack.But, they denied all of the charges against them during the trial.Most of the defendants claimed they knew nothing about the war in la Cote d’Ivoire, with some of them considering the trial a witch-hunt against them, because of their connection to Grand Gedeh County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Prison warden stabs wife to death

first_imgA prison warden on Wednesday fatally stabbed his wife at the National Psychiatric Hospital, Fort Canje, Berbice, where she worked.Dead is 23-year-old Lonnett Nicholson-Prince of Lot 11 Levi Dam Angoy’s Avenue, New Amsterdam.The mother of a three-year-old daughter was stabbed 15 times to her body by her husband, who later turned himself over to the Police in the company of an attorney.The man, a prison warden stationed at the Mazaruni Prison, and the now dead woman separated some five months ago as result of domestic violence.Dead: Lonnett Nicholson-PrinceGuyana Times understands that the prison warden walked into the cosmetology department at the National Psychiatric Hospital, whipped out a knife and attacked Nicholson-Prince, a hairdresser.At the time of the attack, one of the woman’s colleagues, Hollyann Daniels, was in the room. Speaking with this publication, Daniels said the man entered the room and asked to speak with Nicholson-Prince. “Then she turn and ask him if is just so he does kick open somebody door and then she get up and say that they have nothing to talk about.”She related that the man then whipped out a knife and began stabbing the woman. She said that he continuously stabbed her colleague to the upper part of her body.Daniels explained that as she raised the alarm, the man turned his attention to her and attempted to stab her also. She added that she managed to escape the bloody attack. This newspaper was told that after stabbing the 23-year-old, the man ran out of the Hospital with two employees in hot pursuit. However, they were unable to apprehend him.The undertakers taking away the bodyMeanwhile, the badly injured Nicholson-Prince was pronounced dead on arrival at the New Amsterdam Hospital, which is located opposite the National Psychiatric Hospital.The dead woman’s father, Michael Nicholson told Guyana Times the couple had been having marital problems over the past five months. According to Nicholson, his daughter had moved from the couple’s home and was living with him in the interest of her safety.He told this publication that his daughter had continuously related to him the abuse she suffered at the hands of her husband.He said she was threatened that if she was to report the alleged abuse to anyone, she would be killed. This prompted the worried father to remove the cosmetologist from her abuser’s home and take her to his home. The distraught father added that after his son-in-law threatened to kill his daughter, she reported the matter to the Police and he was charged. The grieving father related that his son-in-law requested for the matter to be settled out of court, noting that he had promised to file for divorce.Hollyann Daniels who escapedNicholson said his son-in-law was in the habit of hitting his daughter in her head but seemed to have changed recently and approached him for prayers.The father related that he dropped his daughter off to work on Wednesday morning and noticed his son-in-law in the vicinity of the Canje Bridge.Following the incident, Nicholson went back to the area where he had earlier seen the man and found the clothing which he was wearing when he committed the act.The woman leaves to mourn four siblings, a daughter, and her parents.Following the incident, security at the mental institution was questioned.Director of Regional Health Services Jevaughn Stephen said at the time of the incident, there were three guards on duty, adding that it was also clinic day. Stephen said the suspect was a regular visitor to his wife, so no one thought his visit was suspicious. However, he noted that security will be tightened at the institution.last_img read more

Block maker gets life imprisonment for raping 7-year-old girl

first_imgAfter a 12-member jury last month found him guilty of raping a seven-year-old girl in an East Bank Demerara (EBD) community, 25-year-old Rowland Sam was on Wednesday given a life sentence by Sexual Offences Court Judge Priya Sewnarine-Beharry.The incident occurred during January 2015 when the girl’s mother attended a funeral and left her and others in Sam’s care.At the end of his trial, Sam, a block maker, admitted that he only fingered the child and asked for mercy and forgiveness.However, Justice Sewnarine-Beharry informed him that his action was still considered sexual penetration and further upbraided him for three other acts he was found guilty of performing on the primary schoolchild, including sodomisingConvicted child rapist Rowland Samher.These acts included performing oral sex on the child and having the young girl reciprocate. She was watching cartoons and he reportedly took her to another section of the home.The girl’s impact statement, read by Senior Counsellor Nicola Foo of Blossom Inc Advocacy Centre, outlined that the child now felt uncomfortable around boys and men and that her performance has slipped at school.She, like other survivors of child rape, related that she was angry and scared that the offender took advantage of her.“I want him to be punished so that he wouldn’t trouble other children,” the girl said.Sam, in his address, said that he never wanted to waste the court’s time and observed that only half of the evidence presented during the trial was accurate. He said too that he understood that he should be punished, but wanted a chance to show that he was a better person who could contribute to society. Sam ended by stating that he was now closer to God.His lawyer, Clyde Forde added that his client was remorseful and wanted to be a more spiritual person. However, State Prosecutor Orinthia Schmidt, who led the case, told the court that Sam violated his position of trust by carrying out such acts on a girl of a tender age. Schmidt said that a strong message should be sent to society to the effect that children must be left to strive and grow fully without being interfered with.Cycle of abuseIn a probation report presented by Probation and Social Services Officer Maloma Bristol, it was outlined that Sam was himself the victim of various forms of abuse, including verbal, physical and sexual.His home situation was described as unstable, with his mother moving the family to various homes across the East Bank. Sam’s father was an alcoholic and never really cared for his son.The report further observed that Sam left school in Fourth Form and worked as both a block maker and miner. He, however, returned to Georgetown after contracting malaria. However, further checks into his background found that his mother was verbally abusive which had caused him to move out several times. At one point when he lived with his mother’s sister, that aunt was physically abusive to him.Sam also told the probation officer that he was sodomised as a child by a family member. He was jailed for 18 months for maliciously wounding a friend and when he was incarcerated, he said that an inmate had sexually molested him.Sam admitted that he was addicted to gambling while his girlfriend whom he met at church described him as reserved.SentenceIn determining the sentence, the Judge took into consideration that Sam was on remand for the last two years, that he showed genuine remorse and that he had a poor upbringing. Justice Sewnarine-Beharry outlined that he abused his position of trust and caused the child psychological and emotional trauma.Citing the prevalence of the heinous crime and the girl’s tender age, the Judge said the court could not condone such actions and ordered that Sam serve 20 years before he was eligible for parole. Attorney Lisa Cave also appeared on behalf of the State. (Shemuel Fanfair)last_img read more

Champions League draw: Is this Tottenham Hotspur’s worst-case scenario?

first_img Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Pot 3 – Monaco After a lengthy absence from the Champions League, Internazionale are in Pot 4 so will be the team everyone wants to avoid. Milan Skriniar and Stefan De Vrij in defence, Radja Nainggolan and Ivan Perisic in midfield, and Mauro Icardi in attack, they will be tough opponents – and then you have to try and beat Samir Handanovic between the sticks! Latest Football News Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack highlights impact Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? smart causal Tottenham Hotspur fans chant at Wembley last season Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more RANKED 4 Pot 4 – Inter Milan gameday How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures MONEY center_img 4 REVEALED 4 BEST OF England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade silverware Pot 1 – Barcelona 4 Tottenham Hotspur have been truly outstanding over the last four years and while they beat a down on their luck Real Madrid last-term, a full strength Barcelona could really give them some trouble. Lionel Messi at Wembley under the floodlights would be one helluva sight for supporters, though. Now a blend of youth and experience, Leonardo Jardim’s side have had to do more work in the transfer market this summer to build a competitive squad. They still have the likes of Radamel Falcao, Kamil Glik, and Danijel Subasic, but now they have got Pietro Pellegri in, along with World Cup star Aleksandr Golovin. In 2017/18, Spurs were given a tough draw for the first phase, facing Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, as well as APOEL Nicosia.It didn’t end up being too difficult though as Mauricio Pochettino’s men not only beat all three sides on home soil, they topped their table.Eventually, Juventus ended their participation in the competition, although they will consider themselves unlucky to have been knocked out in the round of 16.For this year’s contest, the pots have now been decided but what would the worst-case scenario be for Tottenham? We’ve picked out the teams fans might want to avoid below. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions possible standings Tottenham Hotspur fans might be sweating ahead of the Champions League group stage draw, which takes place tonight.Spurs finished third in the Premier League last time out, ensuring they are in the competition for the third consecutive campaign.last_img read more

COMMUNITY ALERT: PERV TARGETS CHILDREN IN CONVOY AND RAPHOE

first_imgCOMMUNITY ALERT: GARDAÍ are investigating allegations that a pervert tried to lure young boys into his car in Convoy and Raphoe in the past 48 hours.Officers have interviewed a 10-year-old boy in Raphoe as part of their investigations.Members of the public are being urged to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to Gardaí immediately. The incidents follow similar reports in Co Derry involving a man in a black car approaching children and asking them to get into his vehicle. COMMUNITY ALERT: PERV TARGETS CHILDREN IN CONVOY AND RAPHOE was last modified: May 17th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

INISHOWEN COUNT FINISHED – NINE ELECTED

first_imgCllr Martin McDermott with his familyFianna Fáil duo Rena Donaghey and Paul Canning have been re-elected to the Donegal County Council, along with Martin Farren (Labour) and John Ryan (FG). Earlier this evening, Martin McDermott (FF) topped the poll, and was joined by Sinn Féin duo Jack Murray and Albert Doherty.Independent candidate Nicholas Crossan was also elected from the Inishowen EA. The longest serving member of the county council Bernard McGuinness was also re-elected.McGuinness has been on the council since 1979. INISHOWEN COUNT FINISHED – NINE ELECTED was last modified: May 26th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Inishowen countnewsOverPoliticslast_img read more

IRELAND’S NEWEST POLITICAL PARTY CHOOSES DONEGAL FOR ITS LAUNCH

first_imgMembers of the National Citizens Movement in Ballyshannon today. Pic by Donegal Daily.Ireland’s newest political party was launched today in what is deemed to be Ireland’s oldest town.The National Citizens Movement chose Ballyshannon to officially launch their campaign.The group, which describes itself as a broad collective of ordinary people looking to make change, signed the constitution and charter at Dorrian’s Imperial Hotel. Up to 30 people from across the country attended the launch.Spokesperson Elizabeth Hourihane, a housewife from Cork, said they intended to build a nationwide platform of candidates from every county.And she wants candidates from Donegal to put themselves forward as part of the National Citizens Movement.“That is our aim. This is just the beginning. We chose Ballyshannon as it is reputedly the oldest town in Ireland and we are the newest political movement,” she said. Ms Hourihane said she intends to stand in the Carlow/Kilkenny constituency.The new political grouping said they will not enter talks with any of the main political parties including Fianna Fail, Fine Gael or Labour but are open to talks with Sinn Fein.Mr Hourihane said they see themselves linking up naturally with the Independents if they are successful and end up gaining seats in Dail Eireann.“We admire what the likes of Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan, Claire Daly and Mick Wallace have achieved since they entered the Dail and we would like to add to that,” she said.The group said they are now recruiting candidates to stand in the next general election across the country and said they are already strong in urban centres such as Dublin and Cork. They said the strongest message they are getting on the ground is that the people of Ireland no longer want to be part of Europe.Mr Hourihane added “I will never forget standing peeling potatoes at my sink when I heard about the bank bail-outs. I cried at the sink.“My daughter came in the door and I was in floods. She thought somebody had died. I told her that we had just lost our sovereignty but so many people did not understand it that day.“That is when I decided I had to do something and stand for election. I’m an ordinary person but I know that we need change and that the likes of the established political parties are not going to bring that change.” IRELAND’S NEWEST POLITICAL PARTY CHOOSES DONEGAL FOR ITS LAUNCH was last modified: April 10th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BallyshannondonegalNational Citizens Movementlast_img read more

Top 10 defining moments of 49ers season

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Nick Mullens’ last meaningful game as the 49ers quarterback very well could be Sunday’s season finale at the Rams, presuming Jimmy Garoppolo reappears next year in full health.“My mindset doesn’t change for any game that I play in,” Mullens said. “You get to play football. It’s the best sport on earth with a great opportunity to go play against a great playoff football team.“That’s why you play the game and that’s why we’re pumped for this last game of the season. One last …last_img read more

Pair of Large and Tort Hair Clips Snap Bendies Sleepies 10cm : Handy accessories

first_imgThey are large enough for holding back my hair, clipping back while applying hair extensions. No other similar sides are strong enough to hold my long thick hair but these do the job more than adequately. Very happy with this clips . The item was delivered before the due date and the clips are nice and big, i would definitely buy this item again. Great for long and thick hair as they are very long and have a good grip – regular sized ones never did anything for me, but i can successfully use these under a wig. Good for Thicker HairExcellent service – item arrived very quicklyHandy accessoriesVery happy with this clips !!!!Absolutely cannot get anything like that in townMy mum loves these as she doesn’t have much hair Pair of Large Black and Tort Hair Clips Snap Bendies Sleepies 10cm (3.9″)Pair of Large Black and Tort ClipsPlastic Coated Metal Hair ClipsClips Measure 10cm (3.9″)A Great Basic for your Hair Wardrobe Great size for holding scarves/ hairpieces down. Very functional and practical. Just the size i wanted and hold firm onto the fringe. Really good for long thick hair. Keeps falling out my hair too big. Excellent service – item arrived very quickly. Excellent service – item arrived very quickly. Had been looking for some larger sized bendy grips and these are exactly what i wanted. Nice colours keeps my hair in place all day without having to redo, also wearable in bed, comfy to sleep in. Much larger than the average clips and feel much sturdier. Too large for my fine hair, but that was my own fault as i underestimated the size of them. The are the only hair slid clips that at man enough if you have a lot of hair. My mum loves these as she doesn’t have much hair. My mum loves these as she doesn’t have much hair and she says these stay in place where other clips do not. Lovely clips and larger than normal. These clips are nice and big and hold my hair in place very well. Very good for use with thick hair. Larger than i thought brilliant. Didnt realise they were so big – my fault for not reading the description. These clips are good if your hair isn’t thin and fine like mine. They do work but tend to slide a way no matter how much hair i put in to the clip. Good value as they would do the job for thicker hair. I bought these for my mum as she had been looking for these clips for some time. For some reason these larger size are not easy to find. They seem to be of a good quality, and hold her hair well. They were also delivered within 3 or 4 days.last_img read more

OneWebDay Celebrates the Internet as Public Utility on September 22, 2009

first_imgTags:#Events Guide#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… jolie odell Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Events are occuring in around 20 countries and 50 cities around the world. The events map can be seen at the OneWebDay website. Tomorrow, annual event OneWebDay, which began in 2006 as a general celebration of the web, will be devoted to examining broadband as a fundamental necessity of modern life.Mozilla Foundation founder Mitch Kapor said in a press release, “Ultimately, we want to ensure that anyone who wants it has access to the Internet and, importantly, the skills they need to fully participate. The ability to access and use a fast, affordable, and open Internet is essential for every student, every entrepreneur, and every citizen who wants full access to our government and the democratic process.”OneWebDay has been working with national organizations prominent in Internet advocacy. In addition to supporting Mozilla’s Service Week, which ended yesterday, OneWebDay is also working with the Media & Democracy Coalition, which will be nationally releasing a report called “A Public Interest Internet Agenda” on September 22 with support from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (USPIRG) state chapters.OneWebDay 2008 focused on political participation and civic engagement. But this year’s theme is less about the web as a privilege to be used for social good and more about the web as a public utility on par with electricity and running water – something that should be extended to all citizens to allow them to function in society.“It’s no accident that there was $7.2 billion allocated for broadband in the stimulus bill,” said OneWebDay executive director Nathaniel James.“Everyone understands that the Internet is the pathway to economic opportunity, from educational achievement to success on the job. Even finding and applying for a job requires online skills and access.”James also noted that OneWebDay volunteers were sent into less-wired communities to help create more public Internet access. “This year we are rolling up our sleeves in a big way to install hardware and do trainings that will make a difference right now for people who are getting left behind.”The organization has provided this video on how we as a culture and society can “overcome the digital divide.”last_img read more