The prosecution has requested more time to submit a psychiatric report on Orwain Sandy, the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) rank, who allegedly murdered his lover, Reona Payne, by shooting her some 14 times about her body at Alexander Village, Georgetown.Sandy reappeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Tuesday where he calmly stood before City Magistrate Judy Latchman. The court was told that Sandy met with head of the Mental Health Unit of the Public Health Ministry, Dr Bhiro Harry to be mentally evaluated.Ex-GDF Captain Orwain SandyHowever, the report is yet to be submitted to the prosecution, who requested additional time. Police Prosecutor Shawn Gonsalves also revealed that they are still several outstanding statements in the matter.As such, Magistrate Latchman adjourned the matter for May 2, when the psychiatric report is expected to be presented to the court.Family members of Sandy filled the courtroom to show support for the accused killer.Outside of the courtroom, friends, and family members along with Payne’s three children were seen sporting T-shirts with her picture calling for justice for the dead woman.A tearful Sandy made his first appearance in court on April 6 where he was remanded to prison.Murdered: Reona PayneThe charge against him alleged that on March 31, 2018, while in the vicinity of First Street, Alexander Village, Georgetown, he murdered Payne.Guyana Times previously reported that the couple was in their car proceeding along First Street, Alexander Village, when a heated argument reportedly ensued.As such, Payne reportedly exited the vehicle after which Sandy followed, carrying a loaded firearm, his service pistol.He then shot the woman once, resulting in her dropping to the ground. However, this online publication was told that Sandy proceeded to stand over her, and emptied the entire magazine on the woman.The captain then fled the scene and turned himself over at the Ruimveldt Police Station, where he reported the matter.The Police were also summoned by residents who heard the gunshots.When this publication visited the scene, the woman’s lifeless body was seen on the road along with several spent shells which were recovered by the Police.Meanwhile, at the Ruimveldt Police Station, Sandy was taken into custody as he was questioned as to what led to the brutal murder.The GDF has since released a statement confirming the shooting and outlined that the captain ‘was immediately interdicted from his duties.’Payne and Sandy reportedly dated but later married separate people. However, a few years after they left their respective spouses and rekindled their relationship.The dead woman reportedly told relatives and friends along with a co-worker that she was being physically abused by Sandy. She even sent photos which purportedly showed marks of violence on her body to a family member to attest to this.
THERE has been widespread praise for the Donegal man who has led TG4 for the past 17 years after he announced he is stepping down from the position.Gaoth Dobhair man Pól Ó Gallchóir will leave his post at the end of September, the broadcaster has announced. He has been in the role since April 2000, when he succeeded the channel’s first head, Cathal Goan.Mr Ó Gallchóir thanked the board and staff of TG4 and said it had achieved recognition as a channel that provided an alternative viewpoint, or súil eile. The position of director-general or ardstiúrthóir will be advertised shortly, with the process overseen by TG4 chairwoman Siún Ní Raghallaigh.Ms Ní Raghallaigh praised Mr Ó Gallchóir, who joined TG4 from RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, for his dedication to Irish language broadcasting and his “huge contribution” to the service.The change in leadership comes ahead of TG4’s 20th anniversary, which it celebrates on Halloween.The public service broadcaster had its funding cut by €500,000 in 2015 and also endured ongoing pressure on its commercial income, which Minister for Communications Denis Naughten said last month had left it with an “exceptionally challenging” budget. Mr Naughten told an Oireachtas committee that this had affected its ability to deliver on its commitments for 2015, and an additional €300,000 in funding was provided in 2016 to “to allow it to compete by producing more home-produced content to help distinguish itself from international channels”.In 2015, TG4 broadcast an average of 4.8 hours of new original Irish language content output per day. Total Irish language broadcast hours arrived at 5,021, or some 57 per cent of the total broadcast hours on the channel.PRAISE FOR DONEGAL MAN WHO LED TG4 FOR 17 YEARS was last modified: July 12th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Pól Ó Gallchóir
Lasting controversyKivú’s relocation to ZooAve took place on Dec. 5 after years of debate and legal battles.At the time, officials said that government evaluations in September concluded that the zoo cage where Kivú was being exhibited was unsuitable for the old feline.Kivú arrived at the Simón Bolívar Zoo in 1999.The ZooAve space where he spent his final month measured 300 square meters (some 3,300 square feet); he was surrounded by nature, with plants, ramps and a pond. The space also has a cave and other spaces where he could hide if he wanted to, and he was no longer on public display.Still, the arguments over his treatment live on. Public comments by Facebook users about the Ministry’s announcement reflected the controversy that surrounded Kivú’s living conditions throughout his life.“You’re finally free, like the wind,” wrote one Facebook user. “You can run without anyone hurting you. No more bars… run, run like never before.”Wrote another: “Our King, who filled us with so much curiosity, is gone.” Another image from Kivú’s final days. (Via MINAE’s Facebook) Facebook Comments Costa Rica’s only lion, Kivú, whose treatment and living conditions caused vigorous public debate for years, passed away Friday at 10 p.m.The Ministry of the Environment and Energy announced his death Saturday night, calling Kivú “one of Costa Rica’s most beloved animals.”The lion died from complications related to kidney disease, MINAE stated in a Facebook post. The condition was detected late last year but worsened over recent weeks, and he stopped eating last week.The Ministry also called his death “a call for reflection: The case of Kivú shows that Costa Rica is undergoing a process of transforming its wildlife policies. The policies of animal welfare are transforming rapidly [worldwide], and Costa Rica must not be left behind. We must assume a more responsible and respectful position toward the animals that live with us.“Kivú is at rest, but we as a country have much left to do,” the statement concluded.An incurable conditionMINAE officials had announced that Kivú’s chronic kidney disease was detected in initial tests following the lion’s arrival at his new home in ZooAve, a private reserve in Alajuela, in December 2016. These results prompted officials to send the results for further evaluation to a laboratory in the United States.From that point on, he was monitored around the clock. Participants in his treatment Carlos Sánchez, a wildlife veterinarian from the Fort Worth Zoo with a vast experience in geriatric cats, and experts from the Ministry and from the National Animal Health Service.The decision to move the lion from his old home at Simón Bolívar Zoo in downtown San José, where the size of his cage and his proximity to the public drew criticism from animal welfare advocates and members of the public, was made to provide him with better living conditions, the Ministry indicated.Representatives from FUNDAZOO, which runs the zoo, argued at the time that moving Kivú could worsen his health. In Saturday’s announcement of Kivú’s death, the Ministry emphasized that he was suffering from his chronic kidney disease before the move took place and that the lion’s quality of life improved significantly in his final months due to the increased space and privacy he enjoyed at ZooAve. Kivú’s living conditions at the Simón Bolívar Zoo were a point of contention for years. Karl Kahler/The Tico Times Related posts:Death of Kivú the lion unleashes blame game Kivú’s health condition worsens; officials evaluate options Kivú the lion faces health complications from kidney disease Kivú the lion recovers at his new home