A police constable, who was the key witness in the matter involving businesswoman, Maryann Daby, was this afternoon called upon to lead his defense.

This is in relation to him attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Daby was charged for attempting to kill another police rank but that matter was discharged on the grounds of insufficient evidence led by the prosecution.
This was after the police witnesses gave conflicting evidence throughout the Preliminary Inquiry (PI).

This afternoon, when the matter was called in the courtroom of Principal Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus, she ruled that she found sufficient evidence against Constable Holder. Hence, she called upon him to lead his defense.

Soon after, the defendant’s lawyer, Steven Roberts, indicated that he will need to prepare his client. Hence, the matter was adjourned until January 6, 2020.

John Holder, 28, of North Road Bourda, had denied the charge which alleged that between August 10, 2018, and October 2, 2018, at Georgetown, he willfully attempted to pervert the course of justice by deviating from his police statement dated May 13, 2018, in the case involving Police vs Maryann Daby.

The man’s lawyer, on his first court appearance, had told the court that his client told the truth under oath and did nothing wrong.

According to information, Holder, who is now an interdicted member of the Guyana Police Force, was the key witness in the matter of police vs Maryann Daby.

However, on serval occasions, he gave several different statements in the matter in relation to what he had done.

The court heard that while Holder was testifying in the matter, which was before a City Magistrate, he deviated from his original statements and he told the court that a top-ranking officer instructed him to change his statement, hence he did same.

He is out on $300,000 bail pending the hearing and determination of the trial.

Daby, 27, of 127 D’Aguiar Park, Houston, Georgetown, was not required to plead to the charge which alleged that on May 13, last, at Albert Street, Thomas, Lands, Georgetown, with intent to commit murder, she discharged a loaded firearm at Police Constable, Christopher Kissoon.

It was reported that Daby and her friends were at the Georgetown Motor Racing and Sports Club when Constable Kissoon, who was at the club, heard what sounded like gunshots.

Kissoon, upon checking, reportedly saw Daby firing shots in the air and he confronted her. She then allegedly pointed the gun to his head and pulled the trigger, luckily there were no bullets in the gun.


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