Twenty-two-year-old former murder accused Nicholas Hercules was on Tuesday freed by Justice Sandhil Kissoon at the High Court after a no-case submission was upheld.This was a turn of events since the defendant was set to have the trial evidence surmised by the Judge before the matter was put to the jury for deliberation.Hercules, of Princes Street, Georgetown, was before the court charged for the murder of his relative, Carlos Solomon. The accused reportedly murdered him onNicholas HerculesApril 1, 2015, during a heated argument.It was previously reported that the two men were arguing when matters escalated which prompted Hercules to whip out a knife, allegedly stabbing Solomon in the region of his heart. It was later revealed that Solomon had first stabbed Hercules to his knee.It was reported that that Solomon was stabbed after he accused Hercules of setting up several males to beat him.At Tuesday’s hearing, Justice Kissoon directed that he (Hercules) be found not guilty after reviewing the case evidence. As such, the jury formally returned a not guilty verdict.Lawyers for the defence and prosecution had sometime prior presented closing addresses and Tuesday’s proceeding was for summing up and jury deliberation.The accused was represented by Hewley Griffith and Compton Richardson while the State was represented by Lisa Cave and Orinthia Schmidt.
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World Health Organization (2013). Violence against women: Global picture health response. Retrieved from http://www.who.int/reproductivehealth/publications/violence/VAW_infographic.pdf ReferencesKlostermann, K., Mignone, T., Kelley, M., Musson, S., & Bohall, G. (2012). Intimate partner violence in the military: Treatment considerations. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 17(1), 53-58. McCarroll, J. E., Ursano, R. J., Fan, Z., & Newby, J. H. (2004). Patterns of mutual and non-mutual spouse abuse in the U.S. army (1998-2002). Violence and Victims, 19(4), 453-68. By Kacy Mixon, M.S., LMFTA recent study by the World Health Organization announced that 1 in 3 women are affected by physical or sexual violence across the globe. Although the report revealed that 35% of all women experience some type of intimate partner or non-partner violence, intimate partner violence against women is the most common type affecting 30% worldwide.“…violence against women is a global public health problem of epidemic proportion.”As a result, the World Health Organization has created new clinical and policy guidelines to assist with informed responses from those working in the health fields.What does this mean to Military Family Professionals?[Flickr, globe by final gather, CC BY-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 17, 2015Prevalence: Knowing how the global problem of violence against women affects military populations can shine a light onto the needs of those military professionals work with. 66% of domestic violence victims in military communities are women.The DoD Family Advocacy Program (FAP) received over 18,000 reports of spousal abuse in 2001, with 84% of incidents involving physical abuse. In the 2003 Defense Task Force on Domestic Violence report, 6% of domestic violence incidents were classified as severe, 69% as mild, and 25% as moderate.Female victims in military families are found to experience more severe physical and emotional abuse than males.30% of female veterans report experiencing intimate partner violence in their lifetime.Treatment Considerations:“…women often seek health-care, without necessarily disclosing the cause of their injuries or ill-health.” It is helpful to remember that those experiencing violence may choose not to reveal this to military service professionals, or choose to minimize the severity of their circumstances for fear of stigma or safety concerns. Consequently, they may seek out services for issues related to abuse such as: depression, alcohol use problems, loss/trauma and anxiety. The chart below shows impacts that are common when women experience violence and can increase awareness about this toxic problem. This post was written by Kacy Mixon, M.S., LMFT, Social Media Specialist. She is a member of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, You Tube, and on LinkedIn. read more
The Bombay High Court on Monday reserved its order in a plea filed by activist Anand Teltumbde seeking to quash an FIR against him for his alleged involvement in the Bhima Koregaon violence.Senior counsel Mihir Desai, appearing for Mr. Teltumbde, said, “All the letters mentioned by the prosecution in the case were not found in his house in Goa as no one was there and the house was locked. The police could not raid or seize anything from there. In fact, we can seek sanction to prosecute the officers for defamation.”He said such stringent provisions of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act have been levied upon Mr Teltumbde where there is no provision of anticipatory bail and getting a bail is very difficult.Assistant Public Prosecutor Aruna Kamat Pai relied upon the charge sheet filed against Shoma Sen, Surendra Gadling, Rona Wilson and Sudhir Dhawale, the others who were arrested in connection with the violence, and said letters have been found on Mr. Wilson and Mr. Gadling’s laptops highlighting a role played by Mr. Teltumbde in the violence.Ms. Pai mentioned four letters and one page of accounts details that indicated that Mr. Teltumbde was gathering support and success for the event at Bhima Koregaon.She read out a letter allegedly written by Mr. Teltumbde that said, “The agitation at Bhima Koregaon has been very successful except for the death of a few and Dalit sentiments are clearly against the BJP and therefore we must keep up the pressure.” Ms. Pai presented a sealed envelope with letters to the court and said one of them written by Mr. Teltumbde’s brother, Milind mentions the role played by his brother. At this Mr. Desai intervened and said, “Do they want to implicate me or find the truth?”After hearing all the arguments, a Division Bench of Justices B.P. Dharmadhikari and S.V. Kotwal said they, “want to discuss the matter” and reserved their order. read more
Generally, trees are cut down for building roads. But in Arunachal Pradesh, a village is hoping that a flourishing tree will help spur the construction of a road. Residents of Kallek village in Siang district have developed a track to the State’s largest tree, standing almost 65 metres tall.The trekking track, the brainchild of 14 households in Kallek, was fuelled by the hope that the tree, called Atang Ane, and the variety of birds it attracts would popularise trekking enough for the local authorities to act on their 20-year-old promise to pave the road from the highway to the village. Kallek, inhabited by the Adi community, is 48 km from Pasighat, the Siang district headquarters. The last 10 km from the highway to the village, marked by a tough and hilly terrain, has been in the making for two decades now. “Atang Ane, which has grown into a huge tree today was once a fragile sapling, brought here from Myanmar. It was planted by a village elder,” said Tamang Tamuk, the head ‘gaonburah’ (village elder) of Kallek. Atang Ane (Ficus elastica) means ‘mother rubber tree’ in the Adi dialect. A three hour trek from Kallek, it stands as the largest multi-trunk tree in Arunachal Pradesh, spreading over an area of 59.8 m. “The trek from Kallek to Atang Ane is not just about gawking at a huge tree. It is also a birdwatchers’ paradise,” said Gandhi Darang, who runs Ane Siang Tours & Expeditions in Itanagar.Birds in the area include the great hornbill (the State bird), sunbird, white-tailed robin, barwing, collared treepie, parrotbill, and shrike babbler. In fact, 252 species were recorded in the Siang region during a six-year study that ended in 2016. Of these, 66, including six endangered ones, were reported for the first time. read more
The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) completely decimated the four-party grand alliance in the general election, establishing its dominance again in mineral-rich Jharkhand on Thursday. Showing its utter superiority in the electoral battle, the NDA was all set to romp home to a 12–2 victory. By 10 p.m., the BJP’s poll percentage was estimated at a staggering high of 50.80%. The Congress came a distant second with 15.60%. In 2014, the BJP had won 12 of the 14 seats. This election, it had left the Giridih seat to the All Jharkhand Students’ Union. Shibu Soren losesShibu Soren, a seven-time MP and a cult figure in Jharkhand politics, could not overcome the BJP juggernaut in Dumka, a bastion of the JMM. He lost by over 40,000 votes.Barring the Lohardaga and Khunti constituencies, where there was a semblance of opposition challenge, the NDA candidates had either inflicted crushing defeats on the grand alliance candidates or taken a comfortable lead. In Hazaribagh, Dhanbad, Palamu and Kodarma constituencies, the margin of lead was in excess of four lakh votes.Jayant Sinha, Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation, comfortably defeated Congress candidate Gopal Prasad Sahu by 4.79 lakh votes.Following the unprecedented victory, Chief Minister Raghubar Das reached the party office and expressed his gratitude to the people of Jharkhand. read more