Friday 30 October, 2020

Cop granted $50K bail on assault charge

Sgt Curtis Applewhite appeared before Magistrate Indar Jagroo of the Port of Spain Magistrates’ Court on October 15. (Photo: Trinidad and Tobago Police Service)

Sgt Curtis Applewhite appeared before Magistrate Indar Jagroo of the Port of Spain Magistrates’ Court on October 15. (Photo: Trinidad and Tobago Police Service)

A police sergeant was arrested and charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm by officers of the Professional Standards Bureau.

This was based on advice given by the Director of Public Prosecutions Roger Gaspard SC.

Bail was granted in the sum of $50,000 with a surety, when Sgt Curtis Applewhite appeared before Magistrate Indar Jagroo of the Port of Spain Magistrates’ Court on the same date on October 15.

The officer’s arrest arose out of an incident which allegedly occurred on August 19, 2018, where it is alleged that the victim was in San Juan and began filming a crime scene on his video recorder.

The victim alleged that the accused advanced and shoved him repeatedly in his chest and shouted, “I do not want any cameras behind here”.

He further alleged that he began experiencing severe chest pains and sought medical attention at the Chaguanas Health Facility.

The victim was subsequently detained pending enquiries, however, during the course of the investigation several people were interviewed, statements recorded, CCTV footage and a medical report obtained were all in favour of the victim.

On February 7, 2019, Sgt Applewhite was interviewed by police and was told of the report under investigation and informed that he was a suspect in relation to the report by the virtual complainant.

A consultation was held with the DPP on August 26, 2020, and he advised that Sgt Applewhite be charged.

The matter was postponed to November 11.

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