Two Guyana police officers charged for severely burning boys hands


Junior Thornton displaying his injuries at APNU headquarters. (Credit:

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Thursday July 10, 2014, CMC – Two police officers will return to court on August 18 in connection with an incident in which the hands of a teenage boy was set afire while in custody.

Constable, Earwin Forrester, who was charged with inflicting serious bodily harm, and Inspector Dexter Thornton, who is accused of attempting to pervert the course of justice, appeared before a magistrate Tuesday, were placed on GUY$125,000 and GUY$100,000 (One Guyana dollar =US$0.004 cents) bail.

The alleged incident occurred in May, when the teen said police on patrol accused him of wandering and took him to the police station where an officer poured methylated spirits on his hands, and with the assistance of others, set it alight.

The inspector is alleged to have sought to settle the matter out of court by facilitating payment of GUY$100,000 to the boy’s relatives.

Photos of the boy’s severely burnt hands were splashed in the leading daily newspapers after the incident, and an internal police investigation followed, resulting in charges against the two.

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