Police Service Commission withdraws promotion from Cop charged in Quindon Bacchus’s case
Sergeant Dameion McLennon, who is currently on remand for obstructing the course of justice in the Quindon Bacchus case, would have had his promotion as Cadet Officer withdrawn.
In a correspondence dated July 5 and addressed to Commissioner of Police (ag), Clifton Hicken, Secretary of the Police Service Commission (PSC) Jaigobin Jaisingh said:
“As a result of Dameion Mc Lennon, Sergeant 20944 being charged with Attempt to obstruct the course of justice, Contrary to Section 330 of the Criminal Law (Offences) Act, Chapter 8:01, approval has been given for his appointment as Cadet Officer within the Guyana Police Force, Ministry of Home Affairs with effect from 2022-06-01, inclusive to be withdrawn accordingly,” the letter concluded.
Mc Lennon’s promotion became the center of scrutiny after the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Shalimar Ali-Hack, SC, advised the Guyana Police Force (GPF) to charge three of its own.
When asked, the Director of the GPF’s Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), Mark Ramotar, said that the process for promoting members of the organization involves a vetting process that addresses matters contained in personnel files.
“The circumstance relating to Sergeant 20944 D. Mc Lennon did not initially reveal that he might be implicated in the perpetration of any crime of misconduct due to the operation at East Coast Demerara that resulted in an unfortunate death. Further, there was not anything incriminating in his personnel files to affect consideration for promotion,” the statement had said.
He added that the Sergeant would be appropriately addressed according to the law. In addition to Mc Lennon, Lance Corporal Thurston Simon was charged with attempting to obstruct the course of justice, while Lance Corporal Kristoff De Nobrega was slapped with a murder charge.
On Mc Lennon’s part, the court heard that on June 30, 2022, he willfully attempted to obstruct the course of justice by giving false information to the police in the investigation.
He had denied shooting at Bacchus, but investigators recovered two spent shells fired from his service weapon at the crime scene. It was also noted that he is expected to complete his Master’s in Public Administration within weeks.
Bacchus, a father of one, was shot on June 10 during what the GPF claimed was an intelligence-led operation at Haslington New Scheme, East Coast Demerara (ECD).
MTV News Update had reported that the 23-year-old father was shot six times and once to the head.