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FC Fassell’s Fate Hangs in a Balance

first_imgNewly 1st division club and tournament favorite FC Fassell could be among the casualties as the preliminary rounds of Coca-Cola Big Eight (8) Tournament concludes today.A 2-2 draw against Aries FC on Monday at the Blue Field in the ongoing pre-season tourney has placed a question mark over FC Fassell’s future in the Group B stage.Coach Matthew Julutweh’s men is expected today to host Darling Club, IE in the opening derby, knowing that a draw – let alone a defeat – is no longer an option against Papa Kamara’s men.IE is expected to look for at least a draw to crossover to the semi finals, while FC Fassell want a victory and at least 3-0 to march on.In the second match, group leader NPA Anchor is also looking for a draw against Aries FC but mostly a win to maintain on top.Aries FC, who also has one point desperately, needs a win with more goals to overcome runner-up IE (if IE draw).However, with FC Fassell battling not to bow out of the Coca-Cola Tourney; LISCR, Nimba and Barrolle are fighting to grab the second place.Group B leader BYC is clearly in the semi finals with 9 points having narrowly whipped LISCR FC 1-0 yesterday.The Gardnersville based team – LISCR FC still sits on the table with 2 points and hoping for a nil draw to qualify.   But a win for either side, Barrolle or Nimba United joins BYC to represent Group A in the Semi finals.Meanwhile, the technical staff of FC Fassell headed by Coach Matthew Saygba Julutweh is expected to be sacked having drawn with Aries FC 2-2 on Monday.The 34-year-old was warned of losing his job along with his deputy, physical and goalkeeper trainer and team manager if he failed to win the highly contested tournament over a dishonorable 4-0 defeat by NPA ‘Ruthless’ Anchors on Saturday.In a letter dated May 2, FC Fassell President Reginald K. Nagbe said their performance against NPA was very discouraging and humiliating despite early preparation and the entire technical staff would be sacked if they don’t win the remaining two games.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Appeal Court sets aside rape conviction for former cameraman

first_img…orders retrialForty-six-year-old Andre Hetsberger, a former cameraman, is now expected to face another trial at the Demerara High Court in relation to rape charges for which he was convicted of in 2016. This ruling was handed down by Appeal Judges Chief Justice Roxanne George-Wiltshire, Dawn Gregory, and Rishi Persaud, who on Wednesday set aside the conviction and ordered a retrial.Andre HetsbergerHetsberger was found guilty by a mixed 12-member jury after being on trial for the offence before Justice Navindra Singh in 2016.After the unanimous guilty verdict was delivered, Hetsberger was sentenced to serve 25 years imprisonment for the offence. Hetsberger, nevertheless, maintained his innocence and filed an appeal.Attorney Dexter Todd appealed on the grounds that the sentence was severe and the guilty verdict is not in accordance with the evidence, since it (the verdict) could be supported by same.As a result of Todd’s arguments, the Appeal Court had now instructed that the matter be set to be heard at the next sitting of the Demerara Assizes at the Demerara High Court on the basis that unfavourable evidence was allowed to be presented throughout the trial.According to media reports, on October 17, 2014, he allegedly engaged in digital penetration with a 13-year-old. He was also accused of forcing the child to engage in fellatio (oral sex) with him.In January of 2015, Hetsberger was charged for the offence and appeared before Magistrate Fabayo Azore at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts. He was released on $300,000 bail but was later committed to stand trial at the High Court.It was until 2016 that Hetsberger was convicted and sentenced for the offence. Hetsberger still remains incarcerated pending an application for High Court bail.last_img read more