Cop on assault charges over Marudi beatings

Police Corporal Nafaste Morris, who was caught on camera beating persons along a trail at Marudi Mountain, South Rupununi last month, was yesterday charged with four counts of assault, including on a 10-year-old boy.

Morris, 31, of Lot 7 Ogle Front, East Coast Demerara, was granted a bail release in the sum of $80,000 by Magistrate Sueanna Lovell at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court, where he pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Morris, a member of the Tactical Services Unit, is charged with committed the assaults on March 2, at Marudi Mountain, South Rupununi, on Errol Prince, his wife Verona Prince, Otillo Perreira and a 10-year-old boy.

Police Prosecutor Sergeant Alexis David-Hosannah told the court yesterday that Morris was trying to remove some illegal miners by pushing them off of the road. She said that the persons then tried to advance on the officer and he picked up a piece of a tree limb from off of the road and dealt them a few lashes on their hands and their feet.

David-Hosannah said that after the incident was reported, the officer was arrested. She also noted that a video had been made of the entire episode.

A still shot from the video showing the beating
A still shot from the video showing the beating
 Nafaste Morris
Nafaste Morris

Morris’ attorney Patrice Henry asked that his client be admitted to bail in a reasonable sum since he posed no risk of flight. Morris had remained on active duty while the investigation was conducted.

David-Hosannah had no objections to bail, which Magistrate Lovell set at $20,000 on each charge.
The matter will be called again on May 20.

The video of the assault, which was uploaded to YouTube with the title ‘Police brutality in Marudi Mountains,’ caused outrage after it gained wide circulation online. It showed a group of policemen and Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) mines officers standing around as the rank inflicted blows on men who were trying to protect Verona Prince and the boy.

After the video of the beating went viral, acting Police Commissioner Leroy Brumell subsequently asked the police commander in the area for a full report and police investigators had been dispatched to conduct a probe into the incident.


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