Saturday 30 May, 2020

Police officer, soldier, claim chopping victim attacked them first

The police constable and soldier, who were held after a chopping incident last Saturday, are expected to be placed on identification parades.

This, police said, is one of the final stages needed before legal advice is sought, and a determination will be made on whether to charge the two.

This is because the two men have denied that they attacked the 39-year-old victim without provocation.

In fact, they claimed that the 39-year-old, a DJ, instigated the confrontation.

The police officer then threw a drink at the DJ’s face, and they claimed it was the DJ who pulled out a cutlass.

The police officer claimed he disarmed the DJ, and it was a continuous, defensive circumstance when he chopped the “victim”.

The victim, who resides in Corinth Settlement, Ste Madeleine, told police that at about 9.15pm on Saturday, he was at the bar located along Manahambre Road, when he got into an altercation with a group.

The confrontation spilled outside during which the 39-year-old was attacked by the two law enforcement officers.

It was alleged that the police constable was armed with a cutlass and dealt the victim several chops about the body.

Persons who witnessed the incident notified the police and paramedics.

This led to the victim being taken for medical treatment, while the police constable and the regiment officer were both detained.

Part of the incident, LoopTT was told, was captured on CCTV footage.

More on this as it becomes available.

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