Boy shot by police moves to court
July 17, 2002
Vincent Mandingi Griffith, the 12-year-old who was shot by police in December last year, resulting in the amputation of his left leg, has moved to the High Court through his father, seeking constitutional redress for what he deems, the contravention of his rights by the state.
The Attorney General, the Commissioner of Police, Police Constable Sean Smith and Sergeant Karim Baksh are named as the respondents in a motion filed on Griffith's behalf by attorney-at-law, Joseph Harmon.
According to the motion, Griffith is seeking relief primarily in a declaration that his fundamental rights were contravened by the state and/or its agents; a declaration that the acts by Smith and Baksh towards him amounted to torture and inhuman treatment; and an award of damages, including exemplary or aggravated damages and/or compensation, for the contravention of his rights.
Griffith was shot on December 12 last year while hiding at a house at Angoy's Avenue, New Amsterdam. Police were carrying out a search of the building when Griffith was shot. His left leg was subsequently amputated above his left knee.