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Goed Fortuin accident: Inquest into Kayla Barnabas’ death yet to commence

Dead: 12-year-old Kayla Barnabas

Two months after an inquest into the death of 12-year-old Kayla Barnabas was ordered by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Shalimar Ali-Hack, SC, it is yet to take off.

Barnabas was struck down at about 15:45h on June 1 by a Police pickup bearing registration number GXX 6575 at Goed Fortuin, West Bank Demerara (WBD).

When contacted for an update, Commander of Region Three, Senior Superintendent Mahendra Siwnarine, informed MTV News Update that despite the DPP’s recommendation, the inquest has not yet started.

“DPP would advised inquest back then; however same has not commenced yet,” the Commander revealed.

The Guyana Police Force (GPF) had reported that the Corporal who drove the pickup was proceeding south along the eastern side of the road when it was alleged that the schoolgirl ran from east to west and into the pickup’s path.

But Kayla’s mother, Somatee Lildar- Barnabas, told our team that she does not believe a bit of this, noting that she always warned her daughter to be careful on the roadways.

It was later confirmed that the teen was struck down at the pedestrian crossing by the police pickup despite another vehicle stopping for her to pass.


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