Barama rape caseA mixed jury was on Tuesday empanelled at the Demerara Assizes to begin the trial of Paul Abrams, Claude Craig and Holston Melville who are accused of raping and sodomising a 17-year-old girl in the Barama Complex, Land of Canaan, East Bank Demerara on December 5, 2007.Three of the seven witnesses that the prosecution intends to call testified on Tuesday.Attorney-at-Law Bernard De Santos is representing two of the accused – Craig and Abrams – while Attorneys-at-Law Nigel Hughes and Kezia Williams are representing Melville.The matter is presided over by Justice Jo-Ann Barlow while the prosecution is headed by State Counsel Siand Dhurjon.According to reports, the teen was raped by Abrams, her supervisor, while she was working on the night shift with him. Reports are Abrams asked for help and then led her into a room and had sex with her without her consent.After the accused was finished, he allegedly locked the teen in the room and returned with a friend who reportedly sodomised her after which the third accused allegedly went in and did the same.The trial continues today.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The city of Fort St. John will be hosting a public consultation seminar on proposed changes to its animal control bylaws.The city announced the proposed changes back on August 31st. The bylaw last saw changes twenty years ago, and the proposed changes include new or reworded regulations that the city says will make residents safer. City bylaw enforcement officers say that the majority of cases that they respond to are for dog interactions. In 2015, bylaw officers received 385 dog and animal complaints, impounded 98 dogs, dealt with 271 lost, injured or deceased animals, followed up on 121 dogs at large, and investigated 53 dog attacks.The public meeting will be taking place at the Pomeroy Sports Centre starting at 6:00 p.m. this evening, where residents can voice their concerns. Residents can also provide feedback on the city’s website.- Advertisement -Council will review the updated bylaw, along with the public’s feedback, at its council meeting scheduled for October 11th.