Battling students disturb court
Guyana Chronicle
November 23, 2006

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POLICE detained four teenage girls while quelling a ruckus surrounding separate fights also involving schoolchildren and mini-bus operators outside the High Court Tuesday afternoon.

Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards, who had sent a rape case jury to deliberate on a verdict, called for the Police action when a noisy crowd gathered around battling students from two different schools and disturbed court proceedings.

It was investigations into that incident which led to the arrest of the teens, one allegedly armed with a knife.

They were held for questioning at the Supreme Court Police outpost.

But while the arrival of the detained children’s parents was being awaited, another fight broke out between a parent and a mini-bus driver who was stabbed in the process.

Witnesses said the injured man had been mistakenly fingered by a girl as the one who forced a medicinal tablet down her throat some days ago in a sexual assault incident.

Bloodied from a wound to his chest, the driver was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) by ambulance, under Police escort, for medical attention while his alleged stabber and a conductor were taken into custody.

After being treated for his injury, the wounded man was returned to the court outpost where he and a male parent were handed over to ranks from Brickdam Impact for further investigations.

Officials yesterday said, as a result, charges are likely against adults but parents of the children were allowed to take them away after tendering apologies for their behaviour and giving assurances that steps would be taken to prevent a repetition.