Police Constable John Holder was handed a three months jail sentence after being found guilty of perverting the course of justice in an attempted murder case involving businesswoman, Maryann Daby. Following a trial at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court, Senior Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus imposed the custodial sentence.
John Holder, 28, of North Road Bourda, had initially 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 was the key witness in the matter of police vs Maryann Daby. Daby was charged with attempted murder after it was alleged that she pointed a firearm to the head of police rank, and pulled the trigger. The charge against her was later discharged.
However, on several occasions, during the preliminary inquiry, Holder on numerous occasions changed his statements in relation to the role he played in the investigation. 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. He said he complied with the directive of his senior.
He was 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.