Private school teacher freed of rape charge

first_imgA Berbice private school teacher was on Tuesday freed of a rape charge after he was found not guilty.Zafiel Yusuf, 27, of Fyrish Village, Corentyne, was on trial before Justice Jo Ann Barlow and a mixed jury in the Berbice High Court. The charge had stated that he raped a 14-year-old girl and her 15-year-old brother.The trial was held in camera. Both teens testified during the trial against the private school teacher.It was alleged that Yusuf went to the teenagers’ home and requested to see their mother and told her that he had hampers to give to poor people and if she wanted one, she would have to send her children with him to collect it. The court heard that the children got into his car and Yusuf stopped at a Chinese restaurant and asked them if they wanted beer to drink.It was alleged that the siblings were later taken down a dam, next to a clump of bushes, where the girl was told to perform a sexual act on Yusuf. The prosecution’s case also stated that she refused and was cuffed and told that she would be killed if she did not comply. It is alleged that her brother was also forced to do the same after his sister.Following the allegations in April 2017, the accused’s father, Hafeez Yusuf, a political columnist, claimed that the incident did not occur and that the mother of the teenagers was out to get money from him.last_img read more

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Police Constable, friend injured in motorcycle accident

first_imgAn allegedly drunken driver found himself in hot water after the minibus he owns and operates collided with a motorcycle, seriously injuring a Police Officer and his pillion rider.The motorcycle (CK 461) which Police Constable Azad Fredericks was riding, along with his friend, Daniel Mondesir, at the time of the accidentThe injured men were identified as 22-year-old Police Constable Azad Fredericks, who is attached to the Alberttown Police Station, Georgetown, and 29-year-old Daniel Mondesir of Salem Village, Parika, East Bank Essequibo (EBE).The minibus owner and driver, 62-year-old Lachminayan Ramnarine, of Lot 26 A Anna Catherina, West Coast Demerara (WCD), is presently in Police custody, assisting with the investigation.Reports are that on Saturday about 19:45h, Ramnarine was driving along “Bus Shed Street”, Anna Catherina, when he allegedly switched lanes, causing his vehicle to collide with the motorcycle.As a result of the impact of the collision, both Fredericks and Mondesir were thrown from the motorcycle and landed on the roadway. They sustained multiple injuries about their bodies.Guyana Times was told that the injured men were picked up by public-spirited persons and taken to the Leonora Cottage Hospital, WCD, where the doctor on duty immediately transferred them to the West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH) after examining their injuries.After further examination by a doctor at the WDRH upon arrival, they were admitted.Fredericks is said to have sustained a fractured left leg while Mondesir is suffering from fractured ribs. In addition to those injuries, the duo also sustained several lacerations about their bodies.According to a Police source, a breathalyser test was conducted on Ramnarine, and results revealed that the minibus driver had alcohol in his system that is above the prescribed legal limit.His vehicle, along with the motorcycle, is impounded at the Leonora Police Station, WCD, as the investigation continues. (Kristen Macklingam)last_img read more

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Mathare out to recapture lead from Bandari

first_img0Shares0000Mathare United players line up for a freekick before a previous Kenyan Premier League match. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 18 – Bandari temporarily took charge of the apex of the Kenyan Premier League log on Thursday evening with a 1-0 victory over Posta Rangers in Mombasa, but Mathare United will look to recapture that spot when they take on Kakamega Homeboyz at Kasarani on Saturday.The slum boys sit a point below the dockers at second and with an unblemished run to fight for, they will be out to give 100pc against the 11th placed Homeboyz. Mathare are already dreaming of their second league title and the thirst of quenching a trophy drought that dates back to their first league title in 2008 is clearly evident.Though he does not go straight into mentions, head coach Francis Kimanzi has urged his players to show what they have built as a single unit over the last three years is not in vain and build on their unbeaten start to the campaign.“It’s an evident document within a young team showing what they have been acquiring two three years together. It’s a year that they have to show they have to have the passion; passion to win matches and they are winning in style I think,” Kimanzi noted.The brewers have won five of their opening seven games of the campaign and picked up two draws, against champions Gor Mahia and Ulinzi Stars.Against Homeboyz, they will look to get their sixth win in eight games but they come up against a side that has blown hot and cold their way over their last eight meetings. Each of the two sides has won two and drawn four of the eight games.But, Homeboyz have not beaten Mathare since 2016. Mathare won 2-1 in the second leg last season having picked a 0-0 draw in the first leg in Kakamega.In terms of form, it is Mathare who definitely enjoy the bask of the sun. Homeboyz have not won in their last five games, losing thrice and drawing twice.At Kasarani where the expansive field and the regular pitch accord them a good surface to employ their possession based tact, Mathare have been unplayable and are stacked as favorites to win the mid-afternoon kick off.-Tusker face Ulinzi in NakuruTusker FC head coach Robert Matano shouts instructions to his players during their Kenyan Premier League match against Bandari FC at the Ruaraka Complex on August 12, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaMeanwhile, Tusker FC whose four-match winning streak was halted by the slum boys last weekend will be away to Ulinzi Stars in Nakuru on Sunday with Matano looking to get his side’s tempo back against his former employers.Tusker are sixth in the standings with 13 points and with an eye cast on ensuring the gap between them and the leading pack remains assailable, Matano is not just about to lower his guard against the men from the Kenyan Defense Forces.“The loss (against Mathare) is behind us and we focus on what lies ahead of us. We have been improving and I am happy with how the team is coming up. We only need to convert most of our chances and we will be okay,” the tactician stated.His pedigree is not in doubt. Last season, he picked up the brewers staggering into relegation mid-season but engineered a sobering up that saw them finish third.This season, his eyes are solely fixed on picking a third league title, and his second with the brewers.-Sofapaka look to rediscover formSofapaka interim coach John Baraza (left) with a member of his backroom staff during a training session at the Ruiru Complex on January 17, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluElsewhere at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos, Sofapaka will begin their life without Egyptian-American coach Melis Medo who resigned from the club at the beginning of the weak after a tough spell that saw them pick only one win in seven games.Batoto ba Mungu are 12th in the standings with a paltry seven points and John Baraza, the man who owner Elly Kalekwa turned to after the exit of Sam Ssimbwa last season will be trusted again to engineer a turnaround.“The first target is to get the team back to picking results because we are not in a good position on the table and time is moving. We need to get back to the top, get the players’ confidence back up because it has been sometime since we won,” Baraza said ahead of his side’s tie against Sony Sugar.Sofapaka have drawn four games and lost two, their only win coming on opening day against a struggling Mount Kenya United.Defensively they have had a nightmare conceding at least two goals every game with the exception of the Mount Kenya game and last weekend’s 1-1 draw against Vihiga United. Overall, they have soaked in 12 goals in seven games, the second highest in the league.Sony are eighth and come to the tie on the backdrop of back to back losses.-Bankers eye second winKCB FC head coach Frank Ouna passes instructions to his players during a training session at the Stima Club on November 20, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluIn the early kick off, KCB will hope to pick up a second consecutive league win when they take on Vihiga United.The bankers picked up their first top flight victory in four years last weekend when they shocked AFC Leopards 1-0 in Nakuru and coach Frank Ouna says it has built their confidence.“The motivation of the players is now increased and I think we approach this game with a clearer mind. The aim is to avoid defeat because we come up against a more experienced side and we need to be cautious. But I am optimistic that we can get something off it,” Ouna said.The tactician has also paid tribute to the arrival of Sammy Omollo in the club as his assistant saying the former Posta Rangers boss has increased the wealth of knowledge and tactical readiness for his charges.Kenyan Premier League weekend fixtures: Saturday: KCB v Vihiga United, Sofapaka v Sony Sugar (Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos), Mathare United v Kakamega Homeboyz (Kasarani Stadium)Sunday: Western Stima v Nzoia Sugar (Moi Stadium, Kisumu), Ulinzi Stars v Tusker FC (Afraha Stadium),0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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