A slap on our justice system

first_imgDear Editor,I am not a legal person, but a common man who, like the jurors in a criminal matter, must decide on guilt or innocence based on the evidence provided in a particular case.The recent murder case which saw the termination (nolle prosequi) of legal proceedings by the Director of Public Prosecution against two Canadian girls for the murder of their 64-year-old father is a slap on our justice system. It is clear from all the evidence that there must have been even a conspiracy to commit the murder, or being accessories to it. Therefore it boggles the mind as to the termination of the prosecution.I have spent 17 years fighting for youths doing what is right, and advocating social justice in every sphere of life, and it is much to the public and my personal disappointment that such an injustice should be perpetrated. The law must send a certain message that certain acts cannot be condoned in society. But what message are we sending to the public and our youths; that it is okay to brutally murder your parents, since the justice system will be sympathetic to you? This decision is morally and legally wrong, when we look at other cases where persons were convicted for murder based on a conspiracy. An example is the recent case wherein two women were given life imprisonment for conspiracy to commit murder of a US citizen in Berbice. Another example is the Tain murder of a man wherein a maid and the man’s wife are charged for conspiracy to commit murder and are on remand.Accessories are as guilty as the principal in any criminal matter, and charges should have been recommended by the DPP to suit the facts of the case presented by the prosecution. This matter should not have been subjected to nolle prosequi.In criminal law, a conspiracy is an agreement between two or more persons to commit a crime at some time in the future, and in this case, the courts should have been asked to decide whether the intention to commit the murder by the two girls was established, since the actions after the murder would have suggested that the intention existed and continued.This does not speak well about how we dispense justice in the eyes of the public and our young generation. Is it that the legal system failed, or have the enforcers failed the system?Yours sincerely,Gobin HarbhajanRDC Councillor,Region 6last_img read more

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Probe launched into missing planes from Eugene F Correia Airport – Harmon

first_imgThe Government has launched a probe into the unauthorised departure of two light aircraft from the Eugene F Correia (Ogle) International Airport in Guyana last Saturday.Joseph HarmonMinister of State, Joseph Harmon on Thursday announced during a post-Cabinet press briefing that the probe would unearth those who were involved and recommendations would be made to ensure that there was no repeat of such an incident.He stated that Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson had advised the Cabinet that an inquiry has been launched as part of the Administration’s move to guarantee that there was no recurrence of the incident in the future.“They are very serious matters in relation to security and the fact that the Eugene F Correia Airport is an international airport, that makes it even more important to ensure that our security procedures are tightened,” he said.On Saturday last, the aircraft, bearing registration numbers 8R-GTP and 8R-GMP, departed Guyana even though they were not supposed to do so.Acting Director General of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority, Chitranie Heeralall had confirmed that the aircraft left Guyana without the necessary authorisation.The aircraft, worth US$110,000 each, are owned by Oxford Aviation and were subjected to a court injunction by Phoenix Airways. The planes were, however, detained in Anguilla after flying through Trinidad’s airspace and landing in Grenada to refuel.This newspaper understands that one of the pilots was identified as the Guyanese who owns Oxford Aviation and a flight school and charter service in the United States, and the other is not licensed to fly in Guyana’s airspace.However, speaking on behalf of the Eugene F Correia International Airport, Kit Nascimento related that all security protocols were followed on the morning when the aircraft departed.He explained that at approximately 04:00h on Saturday, two staff attached to Oxford Airways presented their air flight passes at the airport security scanner and entered the airport. “The men told the security staff at the scanner that they were going to their aircraft to put some stuff on board”, Nascimento explained.In fact, he noted that the pilots took off without filing a flight plan and without notifying airport security and immigration.He stressed that all the airport security staff were on duty and allowed the men onto the airstrip because they had air flight passes. The pilots, the official reiterated, did not notify the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA). The air traffic control tower was only aware of what was happening as the aircraft were taxing down the runway to take off.last_img read more

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Fort St. John now home to two cheerleading gyms

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Fort St. John can now call itself the home of not one, but two cheerleading gyms.Amanda Gessner is a longtime Fort St. John resident, and the owner of Aurora All-Star Cheer, which is opening in the Energetic City this fall. Gessner was a coach with the Energetic Edge Cheer Association for the past two years since its inception, but left to start her own gym this year.The Aurora gym is going to be located next to the fitness centre across from Casey’s Pub. Gessner hopes to have a Grand Opening during the last week in September.- Advertisement -For more information, contact Amanda Gessner via the Aurora All-Star Cheer Facebook page, or at auroraallstarcheer@gmail.com.last_img read more

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Man faces life sentence in park shooting

first_imgOrtega said he was happy to hear of Arellanes’ conviction because “the community was really concerned.” “Some community members stepped up and testified, even though they were concerned about their safety to a degree,” Ortega said. “That was good to see. So it is closure for us, and for the community.” tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – A Pico Rivera man is facing a possible life sentence after being convicted of opening fire on rival gang members at a park – an incident that sent dozens of parents and children fleeing for cover during a Little League game last year. Bobby Arellanes, 19, could be ordered to spend the rest of his life behind bars when he is sentenced March 27, said Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Sean Coen. After a five-day trial in Bellflower Superior Court, jurors found him guilty Wednesday of attempted murder, and assault with a firearm. Jurors also found true several allegations under the attempted murder and firearm charges, including that it was a willful, deliberate and premeditated shooting, and that it was a crime committed for the benefit of a gang. “I think the people and the jury were just fed up with this sort of crime happening in the neighborhood,” Coen said. “And the fact that this was a gang shooting that occurred in a park where kids were playing baseball didn’t help the situation.” The April 3, 2006, shooting at Streamland Park triggered community outrage and prompted deputies from the Sheriff’s Department’s Pico Rivera Station to increase park patrols. During his trial, witnesses testified that Arellanes belonged to a gang that claims the park as its territory, and that other gang members ordered him to open fire on a rival gang member. Another witness testified that she drove Arellanes to Streamland Park to pick up a friend on the day of the shooting. She said Arellanes told her to drive up to a man in the parking lot and slow down. David Morones, 26, of Pico Rivera was the intended victim, sheriff’s gang Detective Hank Ortega said. Ortega testified that a dispute between the two gangs over control of the park led to the shooting. last_img read more

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Roy Hodgson has treated England fans like ‘dirt’, former striker tells talkSPORT

first_imgFormer England striker Dean Ashton has criticised how Roy Hodgson has handled himself since England’s loss to Iceland, claiming his actions have treated the fans like ‘dirt’.Hodgson announced his resignation as England boss minutes after the final whistle blew to end a humiliating defeat at the hands of Iceland, which knocked the Three Lions out of Euro 2016.It was another low point in a reign which has brought many for the 68-year-old, and after reading a short statement following the game, he waited until Tuesday to formally address the media in a press conference.Whilst it may appear as if he was reaching out to answer questions about his spell in charge, the veteran coach was in a frosty mood, starting by claiming: “I don’t really know what I’m doing here”.He gave few answers to truly address the calamitous display at the Euros, and Ashton believes Hodgson has been ‘disgusting’ to handle himself in such a manner.Speaking to Kick Off, the once-capped international said: “The way Roy has handled himself since last night, I just find it disgusting.“I just cannot believe the arrogance of the man to come out and be the way he has been, in terms of saying ‘I don’t know why I’m here’.“That’s just saying to all English football fans as if they’re just a piece of dirt and he doesn’t really care.”Whilst people have often doubted whether Hodgson is truly an elite manager who is capable of leading a club to silverware, he has always been considered a genial man who has acted in a more than composed manner for his entire career.However, Ashton is starting to doubt Hodgson’s true character, suggesting his recent actions make him question how the coach acted throughout the duration of the tournament.The retired striker continued: “I’m just amazed as to how he’s handled that considering how many people have said what a proper bloke he is.“To act the way he has done, that then makes you think about how he has been throughout the tournament.”last_img read more

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OUR HEART GOES OUT TO ALI AFTER SHE MISSES ALL-IRELAND FINAL

first_imgDonegal GAA fan Ali McGee certainly has a big heart!The Ballyshannon woman was admitted to Dublin’s Mater Hospital to have a serious coronary operation just an hour before last Sunday’s big game.But instead of being surrounded by her family, she insisted that they all go to Croke Park to watch the All-Ireland final. The mum of four was checked into the hospital at 2pm on Sunday afternoon – just an hour and a half before the throw-in to the big game.Her family searched the floor of the hospital but couldn’t find another Donegal person so Ali could watch the game with some company.Instead Ali hung up her colours while husband Denis, who is originally from Falcarragh, three sons Martin, Denis, Shane and daughter Maria nipped around to Croke Park.The family returned to join mum Ali for a well-deserved hug and celebration. Son Shane said last night that Ali is back home in Ballyshannon and recovering well after her operation.He told us: “She was waiting for a heart procedure for some time and eventually was given an appointment to check in at 2 pm on Sunday!“All the family checked her in and left to attend the game returning afterwards. She is at home now recovering and is a very happy Donegal women.” OUR HEART GOES OUT TO ALI AFTER SHE MISSES ALL-IRELAND FINAL was last modified: September 27th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Ali McGeeALL-IRELAND FINALBallyshannonheart surgerylast_img read more

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Why Arsenal should sign ‘one of the best hidden talents in France’ this summer

first_img1 Nice midfield star Jean Michael Seri Just when a deal seemed improbable, Arsenal have been handed another chance to land a top target.Roma looked set to sign coveted Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri, yet have supposedly scoffed at the €40m release clause set in place by the Ligue 1 side. As such, the Gunners are believed to have re-entered the race to sign the Ivorian in a bid to bolster their midfield options. With Francis Coquelin disappointing and Santi Cazorla injured more often than not, Arsene Wenger is aware that reinforcements in the middle of the park are required.Seri is one of the most sought after midfielders on the continent. As well as Arsenal and Roma, Barcelona and Tottenham are also rumoured to be keeping tabs on the 25-year-old and for good reason following a stunning second season with Nice. It could have been so different, however, with Seri close to following Claude Puel to Southampton last summer, only for the move to break down, which in hindsight was good news for Nice.The Ivory Coast international is now wanted by a host of elite teams in Europe and it’s little surprise that interest is high. Four of the top five most prolific passers in Ligue 1 last season play for PSG, with Seri the player denying the former champions a full house, with an average of 83.4 passes per game bettered only by Thiago Motta (91.5) and another player linked with Barcelona, Marco Verratti (87.5). His excellent ball retention qualities meant Nice finished third in France’s top tier last term and ensured Lucien Favre’s side had their fair share of possession over the campaign.Indeed, only PSG (61.5%) had a larger share of possession than Nice (57%) in Ligue 1 last season, with Seri central to their efforts. Indeed, he made more accurate passes (2542) than any other player in France’s top tier in 2016/17, with his influence in the middle the park essential for his side. Impressively, he maintained his respectable consistency, despite the sale of Nempalys Mendy last summer. The Frenchman moved to Leicester City, yet Seri, rather than cower, thrived with the extra responsibility, creating the second most clear-cut goalscoring opportunities (16) and registering the third most assists (9).He further boosted his stock by chipping in with seven goals, which is a commendable return for a central midfielder, regardless of league and calibre of opposition. What’s more is that he isn’t a player who is easy to brush off the ball. Of the 132 players to have attempted 35 or more dribbles in Ligue 1 last season, Seri had the fourth best success rate (84.2%) as he was able to glide through the midfield into attacking positions before creating for teammates or going for goal himself.Considering he stands at just 5’5”, it’s an impressive feat for Seri, who isn’t overawed by more physically imposing opponents. Rather, inclement weather could prove to be the downfall of the midfielder, with Seri suffering from chilblains. “When it’s cold I need special treatment. I don’t see myself playing in a country where it’s cold. I hurt everywhere and I struggle to train,” the Nice star has admitted. That would perhaps rule out a move to England, which could ultimately dissuade Arsenal and Spurs from making a move.Should they decide to pursue their rumoured interest in Seri, however, they’ll secure the services of one of the best hidden talents in France. Chances are slim that he will be at Nice come the close of the transfer window with teams vying for his services. Arsenal could certainly utilise a midfielder of his calibre, while Barcelona would be a viable destination if they fail to secure the services of Verratti.Roma may have been close to signing Seri, but if they fail to come to an agreement on the talented Ivorian star, any other potential suitor is unlikely to wait around to make their move, with Arsenal already looking to trump their Serie A counterparts this summer and unsurprisingly so.last_img read more

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Man who fled Gardai on wrong side of busy road jailed for six months

first_imgA man who drove the wrong way down a busy road forcing motorists to take evasive action has been jailed for six months.Video footage of Kevin McIlmurray shown at a Co Donegal court showed him fleeing Gardai and then being hemmed in by other concerned motorists during the chase in Letterkenny. The chase ends with McIlmurray and his passenger being pulled from their car by other motorists and then detained before Gardai arrest them.McIlmurray appeared at Letterkenny District Court where he pleaded guilty to endangerment and dangerous driving at Pearse Road on June 18th last.After hearing evidence and viewing the footage, Judge Paul Kelly described the actions of the driver as “absolutely wreckless and potentially fatal”.McIlmurray of 43 Slemish Way, Belfast, also refused to provide a specimen after being taken to Letterkenny Garda Station following the incident.Solicitor Patsy Gallagher said his client’s father had been a victim of what he called the “Steak-knife purge” between 1987 and 1989 in Northern Ireland. McIlmurray’s father had been murdered six months before the accused was born.Garda Darren Carter said the incident began when he observed a black Golf car breaking the red lights on the Pearse Road.They proceeded after the defendant and managed to get him to stop and spoke to him. He appeared to be intoxicated but when he, Garda Carter, turned away to summon colleagues by radio to attend the scene, he overhead the vehicle driving off.The driver drove along the footpath and again broke a set of traffic lights before going back on the roadway. As Gardai followed him, he weaved through oncoming traffic, forcing other motorists to take evasive action to avoid colliding with him.He continued to drive on the incorrect side of the road before he was unable to go any further due to the heavy volume of traffic.“We came up behind him in the patrol car with the lights flashing. I exited the patrol car and ran up behind him and he reversed towards me.”The car continued reversing and then mounted the footpath . “A number of pedestrians had to literally jump out of his way.”McIlmurray had stopped short of another vehicle which had previously pulled.He, Garda Carter, got the driver’s door of the vehicle and leaned in to remove the keys from the ignition. Defendant had then driven forward resulting in Garda witness striking his left forearm off a structure.Garda Carter eventually succeeded in pulling the keys out of the ignition and defendant was removed from the vehicle and arrested.He was handcuffed and taken to Letterkenny Garda Station where he was given the option of providing a sample to determine alcohol levels but refused.A small quantity of cannabis herb was located in the defendant’s car.McIlmurray had seventeen previous convictions in Northern Ireland including eleven road traffic offences, obstruction of a police officer, driving with no insurance, disorderly conduct and two cases of interfering with vehicles.Questioned by defending solicitor, Patsy Gallagher, Garda Carter said no vehicles or pedestrians had been hit during the incident.Mr Gallagher said his client’s father had been a victim of what he called the “Steak-knife purge” in Northern Ireland between 1987 and 1989. Defendant, who grew up in the Anderstown area of Belfast, was born six months after his father’s murder.On the day of the incident in Letterkenny, defendant was in a “dark place” and had made a bad mistake in coming to Letterkenny during the Rally weekend.When the Gardai had stopped him initially, his friend, a passenger in the car, had shouted to him to “go, go, go” and he had driven off.“He fully accepts that what he did was wrong,” said Mr Gallagher who stated that his client had broken all ties with the individual who had accompanied him on the date of the offences. He had taken steps to get his own life back on the straight and narrow.The solicitor appealed to Judge Kelly to allow time for a report on the defendant to be furnished from the authorities in Belfast.Pointing out that the event referred to by Mr Gallagher had taken place thirty years previously before the defendant was born, Judge Kelly described the incident in Letterkenny as “shocking and terrifying”.Commenting on the video footage which he had viewed, he said McIlmurray’s driving was “absolutely wreckless, dangerous, and potentially fatal.” During the incident, his accomplice had been trying to wave people out of the way.Shown disregard for his own safety, Garda Carter had bravely intervened and had been fortunate to escape with only a minor injury when the defendant had driven off as he, Garda Carter, attempted to retrieve the key from the ignition.Judge Kelly said he did not believe a report from the authorities in Northern Ireland would be of any assistance in the case.Defendant was subsequently sentenced to two terms of six months imprisonment on respective charges of endangerment and dangerous driving with the sentences to run concurrently. He was also banned from driving for two years on the dangerous driving charge.On the charge of refusing to provide a specimen, he was fined €500 and disqualified from driving for four years.Man who fled Gardai on wrong side of busy road jailed for six months was last modified: June 3rd, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtdonegalGardaiKevin McIlmurrayletterkennylast_img read more

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VERDUGO HILLS

first_imgSeller,P.3165.30 Burroughs09/16/20050102333 El Camino Real11/18/20050101724 VS SCHOOLDateWLTPFPA Freeman,B.1 Shannon,T.161961 Grant10/14/20051003314 TOTAL2005730229198 Herdliska,A.1470832146.94 Poly11/11/20051002116 Herdliska,A.37126134.1 Passing Total2191128159714 Fisher,W.10565.60 Crescenta Valley09/23/20051002014 Fisher,W.1 Espinoza,M.0707 Hightower,D.161431 Partida,M.19975.11 INTERCEPTIONSNo. Boyd,E.20012 Hollywood11/04/2005100356 SCORINGTDPATFGTP San Fernando10/07/20051002421 Miller, S.1006 Robinson,D.1 Herdliska,A.15533.50 North Hollywood10/21/20051002623 RUSHINGTCBNYGAvg.TD De Jesus,O.09318 Partida,M.3130 Sellers,P.22014 Boyd,E.22632.92 Scoring Total32254229 RECORD: 7-3-0 Garcia,S.1006 Fisher,W.270 Guirand,D.26532.5 Garcia,S.281535.51 Canoga Park10/28/20051002410 Miller,S.11-14-1.31 Freeman,B.345307 PASSINGPAPCPIYDSTDRating Shannon,T.1006 Miller,S.2051058151412124.77 Herdliska,A.3 Fisher,W.1006 Herdliska,A.366393 Hightower,D.90054 Partida,M.1006 Freeman,B.110066 Receiving Total112159714 Rushing Total24010964.612 Freeman,B.263.00 Garcia,S.130 Kennedy09/09/2005010637 Herdliska,A.37128 Vega-Pena,W.166.00 TEAM2-6-3.00 RECEIVINGRECYDSTD Interceptions Total10 Punting Total39132634.0 Fajardo,P.2 Shannon,T.1-1-1.00 Hightower,D.1266675.37 Flournoy,T.1 PUNTINGNo.YDSAvg. Shannon,T.1 Seller,P.4662 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Zamora ‘looking for exit’

first_imgBobby Zamora regrets joining QPR and is looking for an exit from the club, The People say.Zamora left Fulham in January.West Ham would apparently be interested in re-signing the striker, who had a spell at Upton Park prior to joining Fulham.Zamora controversially quit Craven Cottage to join Rangers only six weeks ago, but is said to be unhappy – and privately critical of the club’s facilities, including their Harlington training ground.Last weekend the paper linked Zamora with a move to mega-rich Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala.The People also suggest that Fulham will try to sign defender Kyle Naughton from Tottenham in the summer.He is currently on a season-long loan at Norwich, who are expected to capture him on a permanent basis.Meanwhile, Dutchman Louis van Gaal has emerged as a leading contender to take over as Chelsea boss, according to the Sunday Mirror.It is claimed the 60-year-old ­former Ajax, ­Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager is ready to return to football after a year out of the game and fancies the job at Stamford Bridge.Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is said to want a strong character in charge to handle influential players like John Terry, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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