A teenager from Ardee, who has been volunteering in South America since August of last year, has ended up in court on a charge of threatening to assassinate the president of Guyana
According to Nigel Dharamlall, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Amerindian Affairs, the accused repeated the threat during a conversation with him.
Mr Dharamlall said he cautioned him to stop but Mr. Crosson refused and was arrested.
The seventeen-year-old pleaded not guilty to the charge and his attorney, Glen Hanoman, argued that his client was drunk and not accustomed to the local alcohol.
Mr Crosson was given bail of 60,000 Guyanese dollars (€230) but prosecutor Vishnu Hunt objected to bail on the grounds that a threat was made against the head of state and that Crosson was not a Guyanese national.
Magistrate Latchman ordered that Crosson report every Monday to the Lethem police station pending the outcome of the matter.
The Ardee youth will re-appear in court in front of the Chief Magistrate on May 30.
Tuesday’s court hearing was observed by representatives of the European High Commission and the Irish Consulate.
Cillian achieved 595 points in his Leaving Cert results and deferred his course of Maths and English at Trinity College to take a gap year volunteering with Project Trust.
The teen fundraised tirelessly for the trip and is regarded locally as a very hard-working young man with a deep sense of social justice.
In a statement the Project Trust’s chief executive Ingrid Emerson said that the charity has over 45 years experience in sending 17-19 year olds on structured international volunteering placements around the globe.
“Project Trust has been sending volunteers to the southern American country of Guyana since 1995/96”, Ms Emerson explained.
“This is a well-established programme where volunteers teach maths and science in primary and secondary schools.”
Ms Emerson went on to describe the events that happened before Mr. Crosson was arrested.
“On Thursday, March 28, a group of Project Trust Volunteers celebrated the annual Easter Rodeo festival in the southern town of Lethem. “During the course of the festivities a Project Trust Volunteer was arrested on suspicion of using threatening language.
“The 17 year old has since been bailed.
Project Trust is working closely with the volunteer’s family and is in constant contact with the Irish Consul and the British High Commission.”