Police Constable Jaime Gongora has been placed on interdiction after court proceedings took place on November 15th, at the Orange Walk Magistrate’s Court, where he was read a single charge of wounding, following a report of police brutality made against him. During his arraignment, Gongora plead not guilty to the charge and was offered bail in the sum of $4,000 plus one surety of the same amount. Charges against Gongora stemmed from an incident which took place on Sunday November 6th in the village of Guinea Grass. Twenty one year old, construction worker, Hugo Noh reported to police that the village’s lone police officer attacked him with his police issued firearm, causing him serious head and body injuries.
Today CEO in the Ministry of National Security, George Lovell spoke of the incident, stating that the Police commission takes all reports of Police Brutality very seriously and this case is no different and is being handled with outmost urgency.
George Lovell- C.E.O Ministry of National Security
“When that incident occurred one of the first thing that the Police Commissioner did was to have the Professional Standard Branch of the Police Department deployed into that area to investigate, I can tell you that there is a process that everyone must be given due process in terms of when they are accused including police officers, if a police officers is accused he shall have his right to have his attorney to be able to explicate himself from any accusation that he may and that process involve the individual if the Professional Standard Branch sees that there are sufficient grounds for that individuals to respond to the accusation, in a number of cases involve the individual being recommended to be placed on interdiction, there is a process where if the individual is being charged criminally where the courts will go through that process and sometimes based on advice of the Solicitors General Chamber they may advice if he should do a parallel internal process of discipline if there are sufficient grounds for the individual to be discipline whole the criminal element is being looked at but that process is in place and for that particular incident I can tell you that they have been the process of interdiction for the individual and it is just a matter of time for us to know precisely how that will go.”
Jaime Gongora is scheduled to return to court on February 21st, 2017.
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