Friday, July 15, 2011

Another fake kidnapping uncovered by local police

Another false kidnapping tale has surfaced with the Guyana Police Force on Thursday saying that a 14-year-old girl believed abducted on Saturday in Berbice has been found and is now in custody along with two other persons.

Police spokesman Ivelaw Whittaker stated in a release that police acting upon information on Wednesday went to a house at No. 48 Village Corentyne around 4 PM where teenager Shameeza Khubeer of Angoy’s Avenue, New Amsterdam was found in the company of a female relative and her husband.

“Shameeza Khubeer allegedly had been abducted by a man and a woman at Smythfield Road, New Amsterdam, on Saturday July 09, 2011.Further investigations have revealed that Shameeza Khubeer’s story of being abducted is false,” Whittaker said.

He added that the girl and the two adults are in police custody assisting with the investigations.

Khubeer’s aunt, Indira Boodhoo, told media operatives on Tuesday that they had last heard from her on Monday around 11:30 AM. She telephoned, telling them that she was taken across the Berbice River Bridge and was locked up in a heavily grilled house in a bushy area. She told them that she found a phone in the house and had called to tell them what had happened.

Boodhoo said she learnt that while Shameeza was leaving the Grace New Testament Church, Smythfield she met a cousin named Natasha.

Boodhoo related that Khubeer told her that after Natasha accompanied her and left, a man and a woman in a car collected her.

This latest case comes after last month’s alleged kidnapping of 18-year-old Unity, East Coast Demerara resident Loretta Persaud.

Persaud’s family received a ransom demand of GUY$300,000 via text message following her disappearance. The police found her three days later in a house at Festival City, Georgetown, with two other females and a man. She subsequently admitted that she had staged the kidnapping and they were all arrested.

The police at that time had also indicated that they were checking into the story of Lashawn Mootoo, 16, and Marissa Carrington, 14, who were also reportedly abducted earlier the same week and later found.

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