A teenager is currently a patient in the Georgetown Public Hospital’s Burn Care Unit nursing burns to both hands, which he alleged were inflicted by a police officer two weeks ago.
According to reports, Junior Thorrington, 19, of Lot 1 Eastville Housing Scheme, Annandale East Coast Demerara, was arrested by police officers for loitering.
The police said last night that the Office of Professional Responsibility is investigating a report that Thorrington was burnt to his hands allegedly by the police while he was in custody at the Sparendaam Police Station between May 25 and 27 during investigations into a criminal offence.
Attorney Dexter Todd, who is representing the teen, said he and the teen’s father yesterday met Acting Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud and were told that a OPR representative and an officer will be sent to the GPH Burns Care Unit today to interview the teenager.
Todd said the matter was being held under wraps since the incident first occurred but the family of the teenager subsequently decided to report it.
He added that police officers present at the Sparendaam Police Station when the teen was arrested had given conflicting reports.