Agricola roadside robbery/murderThe weeks-long murder trial of Agricola native Jermaine Savory reached its conclusion on Wednesday evening, with the accused proclaiming his innocence after the 12 member-jury unanimously found him guilty of the shooting to death of Melissa Payne who was killed during the course of a robbery on November 5,Murdered: Melissa Payne2008.The State’s case was that Savory – in the company of at least one other person, allegedly murdered Payne after the woman and her reputed husband, John Fraser, had stopped at Agricola on their way to Georgetown in an effort to correct a mechanical fault of the Toyota Canter truck, GHH 5399, in which they were travelling.The jury returned its verdict after three hours of deliberations during which further directions were requested. Just before 18:00h, Savory was found guilty and had a look of astonishment and disbelief, telling the Judge, “I’m innocent, I didn’t kill nobody.” Justice James Bovell-Drakes adjourned the matter to January 15, 2018, when the accused will be sentenced after his probation report is read to the court. After the verdict was handed down, Savory’s relatives were equally astonished at the jury’s decision and were heard murmuring as they left the court.Reports back then were that while Fraser was attending to the vehicle around 08:30h that morning, armed bandits approached them. Fraser managed to escape, but Payne, from Den Amstel, West Coast Demerara, was eventually shotFound guilty of murder, Jermaine Savoryafter refusing to hand over her bag, which reportedly contained some $100,000 in cash and other valuables.After she tried to escape with her handbag, the bandits had swiftly pursued her and opened fire; they then made off with the bag and her gold chain. Payne subsequently died while being transported to hospital.Savory was represented by Attorney Maxwell McKay; while the Prosecutors for the State were Mandell Moore and Orinthia Schmidt.
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The Delhi government has agreed to release grants to 28 Delhi University colleges funded by it despite them not having their governing bodies. The Deputy Chief Minister, Manish Sisodia had written a letter on April 16 to the Secretary, Higher Education, stating that no funds should be given to 28 colleges (fully or partially-funded by them) till they form their governing bodies.The issue of formation of governing bodies led to an impasse between Delhi University and the city government, with both accusing each other of delaying the process. However, Sisodia directed the Education Secretary to ensure that funds are released to the 28 colleges.Here’s what Sisodia said in the letter:Delhi University has repeatedly made attempts to stall the functioning of the 28 Delhi government-funded college, Sisodia said.”DUTA has approached us regarding the hardship being faced by the teachers due to the stopping of grants to these colleges. Since we do not want teachers to bear these hardships, the Directorate of Higher Education should release 3-months grant to these 28 colleges,” he said.Even in the last tenure, multiple delays were caused to the formation of governing bodies of these 28 colleges, Sisodia, who is also Delhi’s Education Minister, said.Even when the tenure of the previous governing body ended, despite precedent, the university did not give a three-month extension to the previous governing body, he alleged.”The university delayed sending the university panel. Even when the names were sent by the university panel, only 180 names were sent whereas as per precedent more than 250 names. It is this reason that forced the Government of NCT of Delhi to stop the funds of these colleges,” he said in the letter.advertisementList of colleges fully-funded by the Delhi government:The 12 colleges fully-funded by the Delhi government are Indira Gandhi Institute of Physical Education & Sports Science, Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, Shaheed Raj Guru College , Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College, Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar College, Acharya Narendra Dev College, Bhagini Nivedita College, Keshav Maha Vidyalaya, Maharaja Agrasen College, Aditi Mahavidyalaya, Maharishi Balmiki College of Education and Bhaskara Charya College of Applied Science.List of colleges partially-funded by the Delhi government:Sixteen colleges, that are partially funded by the Delhi government, are Shivaji College, Motilal Nehru College, Laxmi Bai College, Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, Maiteryi College, SPM College for Women, Satyawati College, Vivekanand College, Rajdhani College , Kamla Nehru College, Gargi College, Swami Shardhanand College, Kalindi College, Bharti College, Sri Aurobindo College and Delhi College of Arts and Commerce.Read: 17 private schools in Noida penalised for imposing excessive feesAlso read: Delhi University Admissions 2019: St Stephen’s extends last date for registration