Mother admitted buying 3 tablets at Berbice park – Police

first_imgChildren poisoning trial…says it was for coldAwena Rutherford, who is on trial for allegedly poisoning her two children, reportedly admitted, under caution, that she went to the Berbice park in Georgetown and purchased “greenish” tablets to treat a cold her children had. This was the account of Police Detective Sargent Lawrence Thomas, who testified at the High Court on Tuesday that he administered the caution statement of the accused woman on April 3, 2014, at the Beterverwagting Police Station, East Coast Demerara, one week after her children; Jabari and Odasia Codogan diedAccused: Awena Rutherfordfrom poisoning.Sargent Thomas indicated that he was the principal investigator and followed up the March 27, 2014 report of the murder. Reading from the caution statement that was admitted into evidence by presiding Judge Navindra Singh, Rutherford said she was having difficulty looking after her children as she was not working.On the day of the deaths of her offspring, she travelled to the capital city to check on a job application to join the Guyana Police Force. This was after she dropped them off at an aunt in Ann’s Grove, East Coast Demerara (ECD).The statement added that she bought three tablets at the Berbice park before uplifting the children at Ann’s Grove and returning to her sister’s Supply, Branch Road Mahaicony, ECD home where she was staying. She reportedly told the Police witness that the tablets which she bought on the park were for a cold.Thomas further noted that Rutherford claimed that her sister did not answer when she said “goodnight” and that she started to argue because she did not say where she was going. Later on, after she took a bath, she reportedly gave the children the tablets.“I broke one tablet in half and gave the children and I drank the other two tablets,” the caution statement quoted the defendant as saying.After the children started vomiting, they were rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) where Sealey reportedly asked her sister what she had given the children and Rutherford admitted giving the children the tablets, the statement claims. She was hospitalised for one week.The jury also heard that Policeman Thomas took Rutherford to the Berbice park on April 4, 2014, to look for the man who sold her the tablets. However, under cross-examination by the defendant’s lawyer, Adrian Thompson, the Police witness admitted that the accused never told him that she bought “rat” poison.The accused woman is indicted on two counts of manslaughter but she has denied that she killed her children. One-year-old Jabari Codogan and four-year-old Odasia Codogan died from pesticide poisoning. Prosecutors Tiffini Lyken, Shawnette Austin and Abaigail Gibbs are appearing for the State.On Monday, the defendant’s sister, Monica Sealey, testified that her niece and nephew vomited after Rutherford gave them tablets to drink, claiming that they had a cold. However, Sealey maintained that the children did not have any cold. Sealey had also recalled that the four-year old hesitated to drink the tablet. The case continues before Justice Singh. (Shemuel Fanfair)last_img read more

Fabregas ban reduced to one match following ‘bizarre’ red card

first_imgChelsea playmaker Cesc Fabregas has had his three-match ban reduced to just one, with Chelsea successfully arguing the initial punishment was excessive following his ‘bizarre’ sending off against West Brom.The Spain midfielder was shown a straight red card in Monday’s 3-0 defeat at the Hawthorns after kicking the ball against Chris Brunt’s head during a break in play.He will now only miss Sunday’s final day clash against Sunderland, when champions Chelsea will lift the Premier League trophy at Stamford Bridge.A statement from Chelsea read: “The standard sanction would have been a three-match suspension.“However, following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing earlier today, the club’s claim that a three-match suspension is excessive was successful.“Fabregas will therefore now only miss our final game of the season against Sunderland on Sunday and will be available for selection from the start of the 2015/16 campaign.”Fabregas was dismissed after a seemingly harmless 20-yard punt hit Brunt on the head while referee Mike Jones spoke to Gareth McAuley and Diego Costa after they grappled in the area.A stumped Jose Mourinho questioned the referee’s decision, saying following the game: “I really don’t understand, a three game ban for this? Jesus Christ!“Harsh? Of course it’s harsh! Three games? Jesus. Where is the danger of the situation, where is the aggression in the situation to get the red card?”A statement from the Football Association on Wednesday read: “A claim by Chelsea that the three-match suspension for Cesc Fabregas is excessive has been upheld by an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing.“Fabregas was dismissed for violent conduct during the West Bromwich Albion FC v Chelsea FC fixture on 18 May. The Regulatory Commission has reduced the Chelsea midfielder’s suspension to one match, to be served with immediate effect.” 1 Chelsea playmaker Cesc Fabregas last_img read more