Does nothing work ’bout this place?
submitted by Friend of the Family
Dear Barbados Free Press,
Two years ago the Guyana Police Force submitted a crucial piece of evidence to the Barbados Forensic Laboratory: a scrap of cloth found lodged in the running gear of an automobile.
It was thought that this scrap matched the clothing worn by Sheema Mangar (photo above) when she was killed – murdered really – September 11, 2010 during a robbery in Guyana. Sheema was dragged to her horrible death as she was chasing a man who stole her Blackberry phone.
Two years later and the Barbados Forensic Laboratory has not bothered to complete the report on its examination of the scrap of cloth. Two years Sheema’s family has been waiting for justice.
You Bajans talk so big with so much pride about how much more advanced you are than poor Guyana. What use is a forensic laboratory that does nothing?
Friend of the Family
Note: BFP’s readers please read the full news article at Demerara Waves…
Home Ministry asks Barbados forensic lab to send Sheema Mangar’s results quickly
The Home Affairs Ministry wants the Barbados Forensic Laboratory to speedily deliver a second report concerning Sheema Mangar who was killed three years ago when a car dragged her on the road while she was chasing a man who had grabbed her Blackberry.
“Apart from the efforts of the Guyana Police Force, the Ministry is now in touch with the Head of the Laboratory with a request that a report on the second submission be expedited,” the Home Affairs Ministry said in a statement.
This is the third time in as many years that the Home Affairs Ministry and its minister, Clement Rohee have been seeking to assure Mangar’s relatives that everything was being done to acquire all the forensic results from Barbados.
Mangar,20,was robbed on September 11 while awaiting transportation on North Road close to Camp Street. She was then knocked down by a car and dragged from the Bedford Methodist Church at Camp Street and North Road to the intersection of Camp and Church streets. She died hours later at the St Joseph Mercy Hospitalfrom multiple injuries including a ruptured spleen. Subsequent to the incident, pieces of fabric were found beneath a car, which seemingly matched the clothing of the late Demerara Bank employee.
She was an employee of Demerara Bank.
The Home Affairs Ministry said it reconfirmed that two submissions were made to the Barbados Forensic Laboratory, on November 05, 2010 and August 30, 2011, respectively. A report on the first submission was received in August 2011, when a Guyana Police Force representative travelled to Barbados to make a second submission.
According to the Home Affairs Ministry, it was only recently revealed that the Barbados Forensic Laboratory recommenced operations late 2011, having been closed for repairs from 2009 to 2011. However, the Lab continued to accept submissions.