Cops wrapping up Turkeyen station rape probe

Investigators are wrapping up their preliminary investigation of the alleged rape committed on a Sophia woman by two policemen at the Turkeyen Police Station on New Year’s Day.

Commander of ‘C’ Division Calvin Brutus yesterday told Stabroek News that after the file is complete, it will be been sent to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) headquarters for a review and then to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for legal advice.

The two policemen implicated in the rape remain under close arrest.

Further, Brutus said that the Police Force’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) is investigating the claim made by the woman that she was offered a payment to settle the matter.

The commander explained that their investigation suggests that a civilian relative of one of the policemen approached the woman while she was at the hospital and offered the settlement.

Brutus gave the explanation after being asked if a female rank had approached the complainant with the offer as was reported in sections of the media.

Police Public Relations Officer Jairam Ramlakhan has said that the complainant  went to the station to lodge a report against an individual who threw a squib at her son.

It was while the woman was at the station that she requested to use the washroom. She was told the washroom on the bottom flat was not working and she was then directed to another washroom on the top flat. It was while using the washroom that she was allegedly attacked.

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