Policeman on $75,000 bail over Soesdyke break and enter

A policeman was today charged with breaking into a house on Sunday and released on bail.

Parmanand Sookdeo was brought before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan and read a charge which stated that on January 8, at Soesdyke, East Bank Demerara, he broke into the dwelling house of Nandkishore Persaud with the intent to commit a felony.

The 24-year-old man pleaded not guilty.

According to the defendant’s attorney, on the day of the incident, Sookdeo was drinking with some friends near to where the incident occurred. The court heard that he attempted to return to the party, but in his drunken state, he entered the complainant’s yard instead, and began to call out for his friend, alerting Persaud who thought that the defendant was a thief.

Persaud and others subsequently began to beat the defendant, and only stopped when he identified himself as an officer.

The court heard that action will be taken against Persaud for assault causing actual bodily harm.

Bail was not objected to by the prosecution which resulted in the Chief Magistrate granting the defendant $75,000 bail.

He was ordered to lodge his passport with the court, report to the Whim Police Station every Friday, and stay 50 feet away from the complainant.

The matter will be heard again on January 19.

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