Sunday 12 July, 2020

Soldier, police officer granted sum of $150K bail for wounding charges

Just under a week after they were allegedly involved in a chopping incident in Ste Madeleine, a police constable and a solider have been charged and brought before the courts.

PC Akeel Boyce, 26, and Regiment officer Akim Brewster, 25, both of Ste Madeleine, both appeared before Magistrate Indar Jagroo in the San Fernando Magistrates’ Court.

They were both charged with wounding Kevin Nedd on June 1, at Train Stop Bar, Ste Madeleine.

The charges were laid summarily in the court and both men plead ‘not guilty’ to the offence.

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Sgt Prescott was the complainant (charging officer) in this matter.

The State was represented by police prosecutor Sgt Krishna Bedassie.

Brewster was represented by attorney Ulric Neptune.

Boyce was unrepresented in his first appearance.

After submissions to the court, bail was set at $75,000 each, on the condition that the accused have absolutely no contact with the virtual complainant (Nedd).

The accused were also ordered to report to the Ste Madeleine Police Station twice a week.

The matter was then adjourned to July 5.

In an unrelated case, a 46-year-old Special Reserve Police Officer was granted bail at $100,000 to cover allegations of misbehaviour in public office.

The officer, Kevin Figaro, who has 10 years of service in the TT Police Service and was last attached to the Princes Town police station, appeared before Magistrate Rae Roopchand on Friday morning in the Rio Claro Magistrates’ Court.

He was represented by attorneys Petronilla Basdeo and Faraz Mohammed.

PC Ian Mitchell was the charging officer in this matter.

After submissions were made and the charges were read, the matter was adjourned to June 14.

It is alleged that on November 18, 2017, at Troy City Restaurant and Lounge, in Princes Town, the officer, while employed as a warrant officer, robbed a victim of TT$1600.

The Professional Standards Bureau were notified and investigations were conducted on this matter under the leadership of Assistant Commissioner of Police Totaram Dookhie and included Sgt. Andell Rollocks, Cpl Lawrence Jofield, Cpl Rabindranath Maharaj, PC Ian Mitchell.

This lead to inquiries and the subsequent arrest.

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