The woman who accused Police Commissioner Henry Greene of raping her is standing by the allegation, while saying she went public to set a good example to her young daughters.
“Guyana should have lie detector tests. If they believed I wasn’t telling the truth, then put me and Greene to test about everything,” the sobbing woman told Stabroek News as she reacted to the news that acting Chief Justice Ian Chang had earlier quashed the Director of Public Prosecutor’s advice to charge Greene with rape. The sobbing woman said that if at any point her allegation was in doubt, a lie detector test would have solved that issue. She insisted that she was telling the truth and took a risk coming forward.
While the woman, 34, said she was devastated at the outcome of the court case, brought by Greene to block the charge, she expected it would have ended in his favour. The woman questioned why, if she engaged in consensual sex with Greene, as a “lady, an adult, a mother and a wife,” she would risk making such an allegation. “I would have never gone forward. Why would I want something like this to my name if it was not true?” she said in the presence of her attorney, Nigel Hughes. Neither of them was in court yesterday for the ruling.
The woman stressed that she wanted to set an example to her daughters, who are ages three and nine. “I didn’t know what to do. I spoke to my eldest daughter and she said, ‘Mommy, you serve God and you go and let someone do something…’” she recalled.
Asked about statements during the ruling that after the alleged incident she met Greene to collect money to purchase windows for her unfinished house, the woman outright denied it, adding that she had all the bills to prove that she purchased her own windows. At this point, Hughes interjected, saying that the bills were handed over to the Jamaican police ranks, who had travelled to Guyana in January to assist with the local investigation.
The woman noted that she is not concerned about how the public feels about the issue or how it views her. “You will always have some persons against you and others for you,” she said, adding that she read some untrue statements in a newspaper article about a prior incident where it was reported that she was raped. “I don’t have to prove anything there because I wasn’t raped. He did not have the chance to,” she said of that case.
She described herself as an outstanding woman, who doesn’t party, drink or smoke and added that she would continue to stand her ground as a good mother and wife.
Hughes expressed hope that the DPP Shalimar Ali-Hack appeals the judge’s decision, noting that he will be approaching her in relation to this since he does not believe the advice to charge should have been reviewed.
“It should not be allowed. The decision is significantly flawed and should be taken to the [Caribbean Court of Justice] for final determination,” he said.