Barama rape case– 2 deny being at locationThe three men accused of raping a 17-year-old girl on the Barama Complex all took to the stand to give sworn testimony in the presence of a mixed jury and Justice Jo-Ann Barlow in the High Court on Monday.Paul Abrams of Plaisance, East Coast Demerara; Claude Craig of Barama Quarters, Land of Canaan, East Bank Demerara, and Holston Melville, called “Pumpkin”, are all on trial for the alleged rape which occurred at the Barama Land of Canaan Complex.Craig is represented by Attorneys-at-Law Nigel Hughes and Kezia Williams, while Abrams and Melville are both represented by Senior Counsel Bernard De Santos.Abrams, the number one accused, on Monday told the Court that the sex was consensual, while his co-defendants pleaded not guilty and denied being at the location. Senior Counsel De Santos concluded his submissions, while Attorney Hughes and State Counsel Siand Dhurjon are expected to present their submissions today.According to reports, the teen was raped by Abrams, her supervisor, while she was working the night shift with him. Abrams allegedly asked for help and then led the teen into a room and had sex with her without her consent.After the accused was finished, he allegedly locked the teen in the room and returned with a friend who reportedly sodomised her after which the third accused allegedly went in and did the same.The Police were summoned and charges were later filed.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsIn the first quarter a year ago, one-time items involving taxes and a legal settlement drove up profits by $145 million, or 3 cents per share. Its overall revenue rose to $80.47 billion from $71.68 billion a year ago. That was in line with Wall Street’s estimate of $80.4 billion. Sales at Wal-Mart stores in the U.S. open for at least a year rose 3.8 percent in the first quarter. Known as same-store sales, the figure is considered the best measure of a retailer’s health. Wal-Mart shares rose 64 cents, or 1.4 percent, to close at $48.07 on the New York Stock Exchange. “The success of this quarter was the result of our focus on three goals: driving sales, reducing costs and improving inventory management,” said Scott. LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s cost-cutting moves and improvement in its merchandise mix helped the world’s largest retailer post a 6.3 percent increase in its first-quarter profit. The results beat Wall Street estimates and sent its shares modestly higher. But Wal-Mart warned Tuesday that spikes in gasoline and utility prices will continue to leave consumers with less to spend and will pressure earnings in the months ahead. “We continue to see higher gasoline and utility prices affecting our customers around the world and this could pressure our results as we move into the second quarter,” said Lee Scott, president and CEO in a prerecorded message to investors Tuesday. Wal-Mart earned $2.615 billion, or 63 cents per share, in the three months ended April 30, up from $2.461 billion, or 58 cents a share, a year earlier. Analysts polled by Thomson Financial had forecast earnings of 61 cents per share. The company’s recent campaign to cut excess inventory – which has received a lot attention – is paying off. During the first quarter, U.S. store inventories were reduced by 2 percent. Overall first-quarter consolidated inventory levels were up 2.7 percent from a year earlier, exceeding the company’s goal of growing inventory at half the rate of sales. Wal-Mart said it also saw productivity improvements by better matching work schedules of its associates to customer shopping patterns. The company said it expects per-share profits of between 70 cents and 74 cents per share in the second quarter and $2.88 to $2.95 for the fiscal year. Wal-Mart said it expects same-store sales to be up between 2 and 4 percent for the second quarter. Wal-Mart’s earnings report came a day after discount rival Target Corp. reported a 12 percent increase in first-quarter profits, narrowly missing Wall Street estimates. It struggled with shrinking profit margins and higher selling and administrative expenses that rose faster than sales. Still, Wal-Mart faces a lot of financial pressures. The company has announced improvements to its health insurance, and chief financial officer Tom Schoewe said in a recorded call that the new costs would be among factors that will pressure earnings. Interest, insurance and utility prices are growing, too, he said. Company officials said improved productivity will offset the employee insurance costs. Moreover, Wal-Mart is more vulnerable to rising energy costs than rival Target since its core customers are in the low-income bracket. “Toward the end of the month, people tend to run out of money,” said Wal-Mart chief accounting officer Charles Holley. To inspire those shoppers to keep coming back Wal-Mart needs to keep doing what it is known for, he said. “I think what you can do is make sure you are offering the best possible prices on the staples you have out there,” Holley said. At the same time, Wal-Mart continues to woo its upscale shoppers with trendier merchandise. The company is renovating the company’s 3,000-plus stores, as part of its strategy to compete with Target and other retailers that appeal to customers with more money to spend. “We want that higher demographic customer to shop across the aisle,” Holley said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!