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Guyana: Magistrate jails former ‘Best Cop’ after he asked her to ‘address him with respect’

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(NEWS ROOM GUYANA) — Chief Justice Roxane George on Wednesday ordered the release of Inspector Prem Narine hours after he was sentenced to seven days imprisonment for unlawfully insulting Magistrate Rhondel Weever.

Magistrate Weever imposed the sentence on Inspector Narine following a verbal exchange at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court during which Inspector Narine told her to address him with respect.

The Inspector’s lawyer Everton Lammy Singh immediately challenged the sentence at the High Court and during a hearing in chambers, the Chief Justice ruled that the sentence imposed by the Magistrate was “excessive” and ordered that Narine is released.

The News Room had reported that Inspector Narine was at the time testifying in the matter against Mohammed Ali, also called ‘Gobin’ who is charged with impersonating the Minster of Health Volda Lawrence and obtaining $2.1M worth in phone credit from a city businessman.

While on the witness stand, Narine asked to see his statement, which was granted by the Magistrate, however, he asked to see his statement again but this did not sit well with the accused who began to behave disorderly.

The Magistrate allegedly shouted at Ali to contain himself and with the same tone, reportedly yelled at Narine and declined his request to see his statement again.

It is alleged that the Magistrate told Inspector Narine to leave the witness box.

Narine, who was in obvious shock, asked the Magistrate to address him with respect.

Inspector Narine was named Best Cop in 2016.

EARLIER REPORT

Former Best Cop Prem Narine was on Wednesday jailed for seven days for contempt of the court after asking City Magistrate Rhondel Weever to “address him with respect” while testifying before her at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court.

Narine, who is an Inspector attached to the Guyana Police Force Major Crime Unit was at the time testifying in the matter against Mohammed Ali, also called ‘Gobin’ who is charged for impersonating the Minster of Health Volda Lawrence and obtaining $2.1M worth in phone credit from a city businessman.

Inspector Prem Narine was named Best Cop in 2016.

While on the witness stand, Narine asked to see his statement, which was granted by the Magistrate, however, he asked to see his statement again but this did not sit well with the accused who began to behave disorderly.

The Magistrate allegedly shouted at Alli to contain himself and with the same tone, reportedly yelled at Narine and declined his request to see his statement again.

It is alleged that the Magistrate told Inspector Narine to leave the witness box.

Narine, who was in obvious shock, asked the Magistrate to address him with respect.

Magistrate Weaver held Narine in contempt of the court and sentenced him to one-week imprisonment for insulting her.

Narine’s Attorney, Siand Dhurjon explained that that matter will be taken to the High Court and his client is expected to be out soon.

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