Remains of Babita Sarjou found in shallow grave

first_imgBy Alexis Rodney− estranged husband confesses to murdering, burying her in yardFollowing the discovery of skeletal remains in his Seaforth Street, Campbellville yard on Sunday afternoon,Babita SarjouAnand Narine, the estranged husband of missing BK International employee Babita Sarjou, along with an accomplice, confessed to killing the woman and burying her body in the three- foot shallow grave.Police Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum confirmed with Guyana Times, that although he was confident of the identity of the remains, Police would still carry out DNA testing to confirm that the skeletal remains was indeed hers. Samples will be sent shortly to neighbouring Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) for testing.According to Blanhum, Police began questioning both Sarjou’s estranged husband and another man said to be his close friend, who were currently in custody. He said based on the information received from the two men, Police descended on the home, where a search was mounted with the help of neighbours and relatives.It was during the search that investigators came upon what appeared to be a shallow grave. Digging further, they came upon two bones. A little later, Police found the most of the skeletal remains. Pieces of clothing were also found in the grave.The Crime Chief said that both men would soon be charged, as they have both, during interrogation, admitted to playing a role in the woman’s death. He said the matter would no longer be treated as a “missing person” but homicide.Blanhum said he was very pleased with this breakthrough, and thanked the investigators who have been working on it for the last six years.Sarjou, 28, mother of a now 10-year-old son, who had lived at Timehri Public Road, East Bank Demerara, left her desk and computer unattended at work in November 2010 –never to return. Her family and the Police had since been seeking her.Police made the dreadful discovery some two days after taking into custody the woman’s husband and another close friend of hers, after informing her mother, Champa Seonarine that they were reopening the case.In early April, Seonarine, along with officials from the Caribbean American Domestic Violence Awareness (CADVA) organisation, had again petitioned for the case to be reopened. Seonarine said all she needed was some closure. “Whether Babita is dead or not, I need to find her,” her mom had told the media, fighting back tears.“I need closure to this case, and I am calling on each and every one out there who knows something about Babita, that they have a heart and some feelings and come out and say something,” Seonarine, who now resides in the United States, pleaded.She said her family believed that her daughter’s estranged husband had something to do with her disappearance.Reports are that there were several instances of domestic violence and reports made to both Kitty and Timehri Police Stations.Sarjou disappeared the night before Diwali in 2010.“She said to me ‘mammi I’d be home at 9’o clock’ that night, but Babita never showed up,” the mother sobbed.No one has any idea what occurred between Babita and her husband on the night of the Diwali motorcade. Seonarine said Anand has never spoken to them concerning that night. In 2010, the Police held him for questioning for 72 hours and then released him.During the investigations, samples of an undergarment were sent to Trinidad and Tobago for DNA testing, but, according to Seonarine, no results ever came back.Meanwhile, CADVA head Diane Madray said while Guyana did not have a law for missing persons, the organisation was hoping to have a bill passed in memory of Sarjou.Madray said the law, which the organisation hopes to name the Babita Sarjou Missing Person’s Law, should be considered as there is a need to take Sarjou’s case and set precedence so that change could be made.She added that Sarjou’s disappearance was marked as a case without a trace and the organisation has been working closely with her family to advocate for the reopening of an investigation with Director of Public Prosecutions, Shalimar Ali-Hack.last_img read more

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Delinquent contractors risk being blacklisted

first_img…PAC Chairman urges swift actionContractors across the country who have developed a track record of substandard and unfinished work are at high risk of being blacklisted by the Public Procurement Commission (PPC).This is according to Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, Irfaan Ali, who called on the recently appointed commissioners to act swiftly in taking disciplinary action against those errant contracting firms.The matter of sums of money being overpaid to delinquent contractors was discussed extensively during an extraordinary meeting that was convened between the PAC and regional officials, on Monday at the Parliament Buildings, to address several irregularities which were cited in the Auditor General’s 2015 Report.OverpaymentPAC Member Charandass Persaud urged regional officials to take measures to recoup sums of money which had been overpaid to contractors who were delinquent in executing their duties.“We have to get back the money. We need to go after them, rather than having the money sitting there – monies that were already paid; and these people are laughing at us, because we can’t get it back because we waited too long to go after them,” the Member of Parliament (MP) stated.Guyana Times understands that, in most instances, sums of money were overpaid to contractors in mobilization fees – which is a fraction of the contractual cost that is paid to the contractor to get his/her equipment to the site where the project is to be implemented. In some cases, sums of money over the standard or required amount are paid to the contractor, and the works are still not completed.BlacklistedThe PAC Chairman, who is also an Opposition Parliamentarian, supported the call, noting that wayward contractors would not be tolerated.“We have advance payments that are not being recovered, and advance payments in some cases are in excess of what is allowed in the standard bidding document,” Ali lamented.In a subsequent interview with this newspaper, the Chairman explained that the PPC would have to examine and implement its measures for blacklisting, so that contractors who are consistently delinquent could face the requisite level of debarment.“I am urging for the speedy procedure (to be implemented) in relation to blacklisting errant contractors,” he posited.BiddersAnother irregularity that came up for discussion on Monday was the instances wherein contracts were not given to the lowest evaluated bidder. Ali observed that the contracts would often go to the second highest or highest bidder without any explanation given in the minutes. He noted that this is a matter which the Regional Tender Boards would have to address.Auditor General Deodat Sharma, who was also present during that meeting, emphasised that if a contract has not been awarded to the lowest evaluated bidder, then such a decision must be reasonably justified.last_img read more

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Mentally ill man rescued from ‘dog pen’ structure

first_img…allegedly locked away for 3 years by father, step motherA man suspected to be suffering from mental illness and who was locked away for the past three years in a pen-like structure, by his step mother and father aback their North Sophia, Greater Georgetown home, was rescued by the Guyana Women Miners Organisation (GWMO) with the assistance of the Guyana Police Force.The pen-like structure in which the man was kept (Handell Duncan photo)The man, 28-year-old Gopaul Etwaroo, of Block R, North Sophia, was reportedly locked away on the basis that he would constantly destroy household items. The man was reported being fed like an animal, Guyana Times was told.The man, according to reports, suffers from a mental illness and is also mute.Based on reports received about the inhumane treatment being meted out to the young man, members of the Guyana Women Miners Organisation made a decision to visit the area to investigate.Gopaul Etwaroo moments after he was rescuedIt was during their visit to the premises on Friday that the man was discovered.Etwaroo was given the bottom halves of three bleach bottles – one for his food, one with water and one for him to use to take a bath. Following the discovery at about 12:00h, the seemingly calm man was escorted to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he will undergo several medical examinations.His stepmother was arrested and is being grilled by the Police in connection with inhumane conditions in which the man was kept. His father, who is the driver of an attorney, is still to be questioned. (Bhisham Mohamed)last_img read more

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Cardiff City call for LMA chief executive to resign

first_img LMA chief executive Richard Bevan 1 Cardiff have called for League Managers’ Association chief executive Richard Bevan to resign following his organisation’s defence of Malky Mackay’s use of racist texts as ‘friendly banter’.The Welsh club described the LMA’s criticism of the timing of the release of the dossier regarding Mackay and former head of recruitment Iain Moody to the Football Association as “preposterous”.They also said the ‘friendly banter’ defence of Mackay’s text messages was “reprehensible”.“A manager’s behaviour should demonstrate to players and other employees under his control that discrimination in any form is unacceptable,” said a Cardiff statement released through the club’s lawyers Mishcon de Reya.“We therefore find it entirely reprehensible that the LMA should itself put out a statement which seeks to dismiss deeply offensive racist comments as ‘friendly banter’.“If that is the view held by the LMA, as appears from its statement, we consider that Richard Bevan’s position is untenable and we call for his resignation.”Cardiff say the LMA had known about the existence of the offensive messages concerning Moody and Mackay for months and had chosen not to deal with the issue.They say the LMA was therefore “complicit in the attempt to conceal these messages” and also insisted there were “many more” messages from Mackay than the two he admitted to sending in the statement released on Thursday.The statement added: “We had not intended to comment on matters which have been reported in the press over the last two days in relation to Malky Mackay and Iain Moody.“However, following the statement released by the LMA last night we feel compelled to respond.“The LMA is the representative voice of managers, and whilst we understand it seeks to act in the best interests of its members, one of its major aims is to ‘encourage honourable practice, conduct and courtesy in all professional activity’.“Regrettably, we feel that the LMA has done no such thing in its representation of Mr Mackay and Mr Moody.“The LMA were aware of the allegations from the morning of the search order, and their lawyers acted for Mr Mackay and Mr Moody throughout the legal process.“That the LMA has sought to criticise the club for the timing of the report to the FA is preposterous, because the offensive communications have been in the knowledge and possession of the LMA for many months.“When the messages came to light, over three months ago, the club strongly encouraged and advised Mr Moody and Mr Mackay to deal with the issue directly with the FA.“It was made clear to them, and their LMA-appointed lawyers, that the nature of the communications meant the club was under a duty to report their findings to the FA if they did not take appropriate action themselves.“Nevertheless, with the backing of the LMA, Mr Moody and Mr Mackay chose to do nothing. The LMA were therefore complicit in the attempt to conceal these messages (of which there were many more than the two isolated texts acknowledged by Mr Mackay).“We also point out that the LMA members have a ‘Code of Conduct’ incorporated into their managerial contracts. One of the requirements is ‘A manager shall not use racist or other discriminatory language’.”last_img read more

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Man City boost! Aguero ‘fresh’ for Chelsea clash, reveals Pellegrini

first_img Man City striker Sergio Aguero 1 Manchester City have been handed a much-needed boost ahead of Sunday’s tie with Chelsea, with manager Manuel Pellegrini revealing Sergio Aguero is fit for the clash.The Argentine striker has seen only a limited amount of first-team football this term as City ease him back into action following a series of muscle problems at the end of last season and an injury-hit World Cup.Nevertheless, Aguero has found the net three times this season, though he played only 16 minutes in the Champions League loss at Bayern Munich in midweek.Pellegrini admits it’s a must-win game against Chelsea, having failed to win their last three games in all competitions, and the City boss hopes Aguero’s inclusion may turn the tide in Sunday’s battle at the Etihad.“Sergio is very important,” said the boss.“Maybe in this moment he is not ready to play three games in one week of 90 minutes.“That is why I thought it was better for him and the squad not to play 90 minutes against Bayern.“But he is fresh for Sunday and I am sure he will make a difference.”City are only four games into their Premier League title defence but already trail table-topping Chelsea by five points, and Pellegrini is hoping to close that gap this weekend.“I always try to think of positives, so I hope we are not going to lose and we not going to go eight points behind Chelsea,” the Chilean added:“I think we were unlucky in the last two games – against Bayern Munich in the way we lost with that goal and against Arsenal we deserved to win the three points.“But things happen. We must win our next game at home and with that we will be two points behind the leader.“That for me will be a very good start after playing Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea. That is why it is important to win on Sunday.“They have very good players and they are in a very good moment, so we have to play a very good game if we want to win.“For me it is not a surprise. Last year it was a very strong squad with very good players and this year they have increased their squad, they have more and better players.“But there is a long way to go, it is just four games and we play 38. We will see what happens in future.“I think that we didn’t start badly. Maybe the game we lost here against Stoke that was an unusual game, but we hope we recover here, playing at home, and get three points on Sunday.”last_img read more

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Peacock found in Letterkenny – do you know who owns it?

first_imgThis peacock was found in the Port road area of Letterkenny this morning.It was found wandering outside Irwin Expert Electrical.If you have any information on who may own the peacock please don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing info@donegaldaily.com or send us a message on our Facebook page. Peacock found in Letterkenny – do you know who owns it? was last modified: April 8th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:foundletterkennymissingpeacockPOrt Roadlast_img read more

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Senate OKs wage increase, but veto likely

first_imgThe Republican governor, who vetoed two previous minimum wage increases, has asked a long-dormant state commission to approve the $1 increase but not the annual cost-of-living adjustments when it meets today. “I cannot support something that has failed with our government,” Schwarzenegger said. “Those automatic spending formulas have been terrible for our state, and why would we take something that almost bankrupt the state and say, now we’re going to punish the private sector and we’re going to have them do it too? It’s a failed system, it doesn’t work.” The California Labor Federation filed a competing petition asking the commission to tie the wage to the Consumer Price Index like the Assembly and Senate bills would do. The Fairness Initiative on Low-Wage Work, which supports minimum wage increases, said California joins a dozen other states attempting to raise their minimum wage legislatively, while four others will put the issue before voters in November. SACRAMENTO – The Senate on Thursday joined the Assembly in approving legislation that would give 1.4 million minimum wage earners a $1-an-hour raise and then boost their pay annually to keep up with inflation. But the Senate bill, along with its Assembly counterpart, seems to be headed for a veto by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who supports the $1 increase but opposes automatically tying future increases to inflation. Both measures would raise the minimum wage from $6.75 to $7.75 an hour in two 50-cent steps – the first on July 1, 2007, and the second on July 1, 2008. They would then require the wage to be raised each Jan. 1 to keep up with inflation. The Assembly passed its bill, a measure by Assemblywoman Sally Lieber, D-Santa Clara, Wednesday night, sending it to the Senate. The Senate measure, by Sen. Gil Cedillo, moves to the Assembly. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2center_img 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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MAILEY SIGNS BACK FOR HARPS AS SQUAD STARTS TO TAKE SHAPE FOR NEW SEASON

first_imgFinn Harps manager Ollie Horgan has acquired the signature of Packie Mailey as he continues to add to his squad for the forthcoming Premier Division season.Mailey had to undergo surgery last season and missed the start of the campaign – he suffered some setbacks on his return – but then gained full fitness and played a huge role in helping Harps win promotion. His leadership qualities and presence at the back for Harps are vital – and his return will be warmly welcomed by the Finn Harps faithful.He agreed to sign back earlier today and will join up with the rest of the squad for the side’s first pre-season training session tonight at the AURA Leisure Centre.The only worry for Harps fans at present is the lack of new faces at the club – the only two new players brought in were former Manchester United starlet Ryan McConnell and Former Derry City striker Ryan Curran.Horgan is hopeful of adding more players before the close of the transfer window – but has admitted he has been burned by some players. MAILEY SIGNS BACK FOR HARPS AS SQUAD STARTS TO TAKE SHAPE FOR NEW SEASON was last modified: January 11th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Finn Harps FCOllie HorganPackie MaileyPremier DivisionSignaturelast_img read more

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SENATOR HARTE TO UNDERGO CRUCIAL TESTS TOMORROW

first_imgDonegal Senator Jimmy Harte is to undergo a series of tests tomorrow in a bid to establish the extent of his injuries.Senator Jimmy Harte is to undergo tests tomorrow but is still in an induced coma.The Labour party politician remains in an induced coma as doctors decide how best to tackle his condition.The father-of-four, 55, was found unconscious after a freak accident in which he is understood to have fallen in Dublin city centre in the early hours of Saturday morning. Senator Harte has suffered blackouts in the past and it is thought this could have led to his fall.It is believed he suffered a number of injuries including a fractured skull and severe head injuries.A family member said he remains in a critical condition at Dublin’s Beaumont Hospital.“All we can do is to take it one day at a time and hope and pray for the best. “He is still in an induced coma and will undergo a series of tests on Wednesday.”Good wishes have been flowing in for the affable Letterkenny-based politician since his tragic fall on Saturday.His wife Mary and the couple’s children have been at their father’s bedside as have many of his extended family.Politicians from across the political divide in Donegal have also been sending messages of support in for the former Letterkenny Town and Donegal County councillor. SENATOR HARTE TO UNDERGO CRUCIAL TESTS TOMORROW was last modified: November 19th, 2013 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:blackoutsfallinduced comalabourSenator Jimmy Hartetestslast_img read more

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‘MIRACLE MAN’ OISIN TELLS TUBRIDY – “I’VE WON THE BATTLE BUT I HAVEN’T WON THE WAR”

first_imgMiracle man Oisin Merritt has disclosed the details of the horrific life-threatening injuries he sustained in a compelling interview with Ryan Tubridy on 2fm.Tubridy was broadcasting live from Dunfanaghy as part of their special feature on the Wild Atlantic Way. There was a great sense of fun and excitement all morning from Dunfanaghy but the show took on a more serious side during Tubridy’s fascinating and incredible interview with Oisin Merritt who has since been dubbed the ‘Miracle Man’.Oisin 20, from Stranorlar suffered serious head injuries when he fell 20ft from a balcony while holidaying with nine other friends on the popular Spanish Island of Santa Ponza.Oisin’s life-altering accident occurred exactly one year ago today.In an in-depth and moving interview Oisin spoke of how he has been overwhelmed about the support he has received since his injury and how it was a miracle he survived. However, Oisin did reveal that he struggles on a day-to-day basis with the psychological scars left from the accident.He also revealed how Galway man David Sullivan stumbling upon the accident ultimately saved his life.Oisin told Tubridy that David who is a qualified paramedic, had only just arrived on the Island when he stumbled across the scene of his accident.Oisin said, “His name is David Sullivan, and I owe my life to him really, I’d really love to thank him, I haven’t met him yet and I really want to meet him to say thank you properly.“We keep in contact which is good and he is a really nice fella, I just want to meet him to tell him to his face how grateful I am to him.He immediately cleared the area and began working on Oisin, David revealed afterwards to Oisin that he had worked frantically for twenty minutes before he seen any signs of life. Oisin said, “I regained consciousness for a few seconds and asked him was I going to die?“He said I’m not going to let you die Oisin, at that stage the ambulance came and transferred me to hospital.Oisin says he has no memory of his accident and no memory of when he initially came out of his coma.Incredibly Oisin revealed he has no memory of his first six months back in Ireland, and has no relocation of spending time in Letterkenny General Hospital, or beginning rehab in St. Conal’s. His first clear memory is doing rehab work at the National rehabilitation centre in Dún Laoghaire.Tubridy jokingly recalled how Oisin’s first words when he came round was to ask how Brazil were doing at the World Cup.Oisin said, “The doctor asked me what colour her glasses were, I said blue, then turned to my sister and said, ‘How are Brazil getting on at the World Cup?’“I had a bet on you see, so instead of asking what I was doing in hospital, I wanted to see how Brazil were getting on?Oisin then revealed how difficult it was for his family who he said received no good news during their time at Oisin’s bedside.“There were told on a number of occasions it’s not looking good, but on one particular day they were told to say their goodbyes to me.“My mum was actually told by doctors that your son is hanging on to the end of a cobweb with his baby finger and it’s going to snap at anytime.“Obviously then my family and my girlfriend had to come in and say their goodbyes to me and that was horrific for them.“My family back at home had started to clean up the house in preparation for a wake because they were told that I was not going to make it and it was only a matter of time.“I think it was about 48 hours later that I started fighting back and got the name the ‘Miracle Man’.Oisin then spoke bravely and openly about he has battled psychologically with his injuries and that he has to remain positive every day.He said when doctors told him he’d never play sport anymore that he felt his whole life had been taken away from him.Oisin said, “People have compassion for those in pain, but nobody can see the psychological pain, every doctor I’ve met so far has told me, I won’t play sport again.“I’m a huge sports man, seven days-a-week before the accident, so when they said contact sports for me is a no go it was hard to take.“For me your whole life was taken away from you, and you almost have to find a new identity and it’s a tough, tough road.“You just have to be mentally tough, but I just have to try and stay positive, there are so many simple things I can’t do.“Because I’m missing half my skull, I can’t go to a Donegal match in case anyone knocks into me, can’t go to nightclubs.“I’ve been told the slightest flick will put me back to square one, it’s very, very tough but you just have to stay positive and find a reason to get out of bed everyday and keep fighting.“I’ve won the battle, but I haven’t won the war.“Hopefully one day I’ll get back on that football pitch.‘MIRACLE MAN’ OISIN TELLS TUBRIDY – “I’VE WON THE BATTLE BUT I HAVEN’T WON THE WAR” was last modified: June 11th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:2FMHome-page NewsMiracle ManOisin MerrittRyan Tubridylast_img read more

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