THE Guyana Police Force (GPF) has taken a decision to dishonourably discharge embattled Corporal Derwin Eastman “in the public interest” in accordance with section 35 (1) of the Police Act Chapter 16:01.
The letter which is dated January 4, 2018 was signed by then Acting Commissioner of Police, David Ramnarine. Eastman is presently before the court charged with the murder of businessman, Godfrey Scipio known as “Sagga” last year.
In December after he was charged, Eastman was written to by the Commissioner of Police (acting), to give reasons why he should not be discharged from the GPF. Eastman did respond to the letter and cited several factors which should be taken into consideration by the force in ensuring his continued service to the organisation. But the letter of discharge seems to be having mixed reviews from both persons within the organisation and past senior officers including Assistant Commissioners of Police.
Contacted last evening for clarification on the term “discharge” as is stated in the letter, one past Assistant Commissioner of Police told the Guyana Chronicle that for a rank to be discharged from the force without being interdicted could have some serious legal consequences, as due process has to first be carried out. The senior officer also indicated that one cannot be discharged from the force while he or she still has a matter pending, and has not yet been found guilty of any offence.