… remaining 2 to face trialFollowing in the footsteps of 18-year-old Naomi Adams, who recently admitted to the unlawful killing of Pariedeau Mars, called “Perry”, in 2016, 20-year-old Nikkisha Dover and Orin Mc Crae also confessed to the crime on Monday when they, along with two other accused, reappeared at the Demerara High Court.Deceased: Pariedeau MarsDover and Mc Crae opted to plead guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter, which read that on May 12, 2016 in the county of Demerara, they killed Mars in the furtherance of a robbery.Dover, who had no legal representation on her first appearance, was represented by state assigned Attorney Mohammed Ali while Attorney Adrian Thompson represented Mc Crae. The State was represented by Prosecutor Tuanna Hardy in association with Sarah Martin.After Justice Navindra Singh had accepted the plea of both accused on Monday, he ordered that a probation report be prepared for both of them, given their tender age when the crime was committed. Their sentencing was, therefore, deferred to July 12, 2019.As Dover and Mc Crae have pleaded guilty, the remaining two co-accused, Timothy Paul Chance and Andre Benjamin are expected to face a murder trial.Chance’s Attorney, Nigel Hughes requested a date in the new week for the commencement of hearings while a date is yet to be set for the trial of Benjamin, who is also being represented by Thompson.Guilty of manslaughter: Orin Mc CraeInitially, the five defendants mentioned were all charged jointly for the capital offence of murder when they made their first court appearance in May of 2016 and were remanded to prison. Adams, called “Shortee”, was the first of the five to plead guilty to manslaughter when she made her first appearance at the High Court. “Shortee” is expected to be sentenced for the offence on June 24, 2019.According to Police reports, Mars, 75, of Bissessar Avenue, Prashad Nagar, Greater Georgetown, was found bound and beaten in his home on the day in question by his wife. He was subsequently rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.Investigations revealed that an accused, who was 17 years old at the time, was known to the now dead man as she would visit his home from time to time. It was further revealed that the said accused confessed to conspiring with her boyfriend to rob the elderly man as he was home alone on the day of the incident.
More power to our Indian women! In a first, the Indian Navy will soon allow women officers on board its warships, and suitable facilities are being made available in the newly-constructed ships for them, said Navy Chief Sunil Lanba yesterday at the annual press conference of the Navy, ahead of the Navy Day.The press conferenceAccording to an IANS report,Admiral Sunil Lanba said the Navy is examining rules and regulations for allowing women officers on board the warshipsHe said all the new ships are being constructed with “suitable facilities” to include woman officers on board themNavy Chief at the Delhi press conference/PTI”As far as combat roles are concerned, lady naval officers are already in combat roles. We have over 70 of them (woman officers) as observers or tactical operators on the maritime patrol aircraft which are armed — Boeing (P8I) and the IL 38,” said Sunil LanbaHe further stated that it is the women officers who are manning the console and even press the button that fires the missile or drop the torpedo from the P8 I aircraftWomen in the Armed ForcesWomen form a very minor section in the armed forces, with the Air Force having the highest number at 1,350 followed by the Army with 1,300 and the Navy with 450 women officers, according to official informationFrom July 1992, the Navy started inducting women as Short Service Commissioned Officers in selected branches of the NavyCreating history, the Indian Air Force last year inducted three women as fighter pilots, less than a year after the government decided to open the fighter stream for women on an experimental basisIn September, the Army announced finalising a plan to induct women into the military police, seen as a major move towards inducting them for combat roles.8 ways women can make an entry into Indian NavyWomen can join any of these 8 branches of the Navy as officers through ‘women entries’:1. Naval Architecture advertisementA Naval Architect is involved in engineering design process, shipbuilding technology, maintenance and operation of marine vessels, structures, design, quality control, repair and construction of Naval vessels.2. Observer Indian Navy needs observers who act as airborne coordinators of maritime warfare. Observer officer operate various equipment including sonics, radars, sonars and communication equipment.3. Logistics/Works A logistic officer is involved in planning, forecasting and execution of the budget and inventory management of spare parts and other items required for day-to-day running of ships.4. Medical If you join the medical services of the Navy, you will largely be part of the Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS.) The services are delivered through a network of hospitals for training purposes. AFMS doctors get to travel a lot, and are sent on deputation with UN missions as well.5. Education Education officers are involved in education, training and professional development of Naval personnel — including scientific/ methodical instructions, service subjects, theory and techniques of branches of the Navy, meteorology/oceanography services support, and GK.6. Sports As a Sports Entry Officer, you will serve as Physical Training Officer/Secretary/Assistant Secretary/Sports Manager. Sports Officers serve at Command Headquarters/Establishments.7. ATC Air Traffic Control Officers in the Indian Navy control naval fighter aircraft, maritime reconnaissance aircraft and multi-role helicopters both ashore and afloat.8. Law If you want to enter the law services of the Indian Navy, you will be part of the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Department — which is the legal arm of the Indian Naval Service. You will be involved in providing legal advice and indulging in court martial litigations.(Main image source: India.com)Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to [email protected]