The trial of Jose Barker, the man accused of robbing former British Soldier Edward John Constant will commence on June 29, in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.Attorney Paul Fung-a-Fat, who is representing Barker, requested that Chief Magistrate McLennan give his client “the benefit of the doubt”, contending that the case is what he described as a case of “mistaken identity.”Fung-a-Fat told the court that his client has been incarcerated for the past three weeks, for a crime he did not commit.The Attorney further added that it was indeed very unfortunate that the tourist was robbed while on vacation in Guyana; however, the law should seek to apprehend the true perpetrator and free his client, whom he stated has no prior brushes with the law.Five eyewitnesses are expected to testify at the trial, Police Prosecutor Neville Jeffers told the court.The case against Barker alleges that on May 30, at Croal Street, Barker robbed the British national of his gold chain valued 0,000. It is also alleged that the Charlestown man used personal violence before, during and after the offence was committed.Barker will remain on remand until the commencement of his trial next week.The 70-year-old former British soldier was in Guyana at the time the nation’s independence in May 1966, and had vowed to return for the 50th anniversary celebrations.Constant was robbed of his cherished gold chain while sightseeing around Stabroek Market. The thief carted off Constant’s chain, to which was attached a diamond-crested ring belonging to his late wife.
The Environmental Protection Agency is suing Irish Water and a local council claiming the public water supply in a Co Donegal town is not up to standard.Council to appear in court over Letterkenny’s water supply.The EPA is taking both Irish Water and Donegal County Council to court over the water supply for Letterkenny and its 19,000 residents.The agency first introduced a directive in August 2011 informing the council to take measures to improve its supply. An examination of the Letterkenny Regional Public Water Supply showed concerns for the treatment of the water supply.One of the areas of concern was for the treatment of Crytosporidium as well as excessive levels of trihalomethanes.The complaint from the EPA alleges that Donegal County Council “failed to comply with a Direction issued by the EPA under Regulation 10(4) of the European Communities (Drinking Water) (No. 2) Regulations 2007 in that they failed to implement the action programme approved by the EPA on 31 August 2011 for the improvement of the quality of water intended for human consumption from the Letterkenny Regional Public Supply to meet the parametric values specified in the said Regulations for trihalomethanes within the period specified by the EPA and provided for in the said Regulations.”However the council has failed to do so within a timeframe set down by the EPA. Now a court summons has been issued to both Donegal County Council and Irish Water to appear at Letterkenny District Court on Tuesday next.As Irish Water now holds the remit for drinking water, they too have been summoned to appear in court. COURT CASE OVER LETTERKENNY’S WATER SUPPLY SCHEDULED FOR NEXT TUESDAY was last modified: October 2nd, 2014 by StephenShare 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:courtDonegal County CouncilEnvironmental Protection AgencyIrish Water