Chancellor worried over Magistrate’s decision to remand wrongfully charged woman

Chancellor worried over Magistrate’s decision to remand wrongfully charged woman

Chancellor of the Judiciary, Justice Carl Singh on Friday expressed concern about the decision of a Georgetown Magistrate to remand a woman to prison on a robbery charge even after the Police Prosecutor pointed out to the court that the woman was mistakenly charged and that they were no longer pursuing a case against her.

The Chancellor who was at the time speaking at an event in Wales, West Bank Demerara, said “we would consider it highly undesirable if these allegations are true, to have this type of person dispensing justice.”

The woman Alana Taylor was charged with some other persons in connection with a robbery last Tuesday.

When she appeared in court, the prosecutor immediately informed the court that there was a mistake with the charge against the woman and there was no intention of the case against her moving forward since the Police highlighted the mistake and requested that the case against the woman be dropped. The Magistrate Judy Latchman ignored that request and continued the case.

At that time, an attorney representing the woman requested bail and the Prosecution offered no objection while reminding the court of the decision to no longer charge the woman because of a mistake. The Magistrate refused bail and remanded the woman to prison.

A number of social activists have already raised concerns about the Magistrate’s decision, questioning her competence to continue serving and her ability to understand the law. The Magistrate has remained quiet on the issue.

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