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Second Sexual Offences Court to open this month end

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first_imgThe United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) has said that the agency is eyeing April 29 for the opening of the second Sexual Offences Court.This is according to sources attached to the agency.The new court will be opened in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) and would be the second of its kind in the country.In November 2017, when the first Sexual Offences Court opened, plans were announced to construct similar structures in Berbice and Essequibo in an effort to reduce the increased incidence of such cases.In declaring the court open, acting Chancellor of the Judiciary, Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards drew reference to statistics which have shown that sexual offences have been on the rise both regionally and locally.She pointed out, “When we look at statistics, more than 50 per cent of the cases for the Demerara Assizes over the last two sessions showed us that sexual offences comprised half of the list. So if half of the list comprised sexual offences, it meant that the other indictable offences like robbery and rape took second place…that is something we have to address”.The acting Chancellor reminded that sexual offences affect victims emotionally, psychologically and physically and those effects could be both long or short term and it could also affect the development of the victims. These victims, she said, require specialist treatment on the part of everyone concerned, be it the police, investigators, medical practitioners, NGOs, prosecution or the court.During the last quarter of 2018, Police statistics showed that rape cases have increased.Top Cop Leslie James told the media that rape cases had increased by seven per cent, with 202 cases reported in 2018 compared to 189 cases in 2017.The Sexual Offences Court was birthed out of the Sexual Offences Act 2010, which was spearheaded by former Human Services and Education Minister Priya Manickchand. The former Minister had led what was then called the “Stamp it Out” campaign in 2010 which saw widespread consultations around the country with regards to sexual offences and other major human rights issues facing Guyana.A Sexual Offences Court is different from other courtrooms as it includes features which will make victims more comfortable while testifying against their attackers.last_img read more


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first_imgSt Mary of the Visitation Church in Killybegs underwent major restoration work in 2011-2012 at a cost of €3 million.St Mary’s of the Visitation Church in Killybegs.As well as restoring the church, which was built originally in 1844, new parish offices were also built.The project has been financed through the voluntary donations of parishioners and through many fundraising efforts organised by the Parish Restoration Committee. The committee are now endeavouring to clear the remaining debt of €800,000The parish is part of the Diocese of Raphoe Charity and are seeking help with this year’s major fundraising effort.As well as selling tickets locally, tickets can be purchased on their website www.killybegsparish.comThere are wonderful prizes and we are trying to reach as many people as possible for support. All the prizes have been sponsored by kind benefactors and all monies raised will go into the Restoration Fund.The draw takes place on Friday 29th May 2015.MASSIVE DRAW TO BE HELD TO HELP FUND KILLYBEGS’ €3M CHURCH RESTORATION was last modified: April 20th, 2015 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:churchdonegaldrawKillybegsrestorationlast_img read more