Barbados: Cops on trial

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Barbados: Cops on trial

(BARBADOS TODAY) – Three members of the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF), one of whom was allegedly caught on camera kicking a civilian who was lying on ground during an event at Pirate’s Cove almost a year ago, have been formally charged with assault.

However, only two officers appeared in the dock before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant today as the third produced a medical certificate through his attorney.

Constables Justin Phillips and Bradley Cutting pleaded not guilty to assaulting 26-year-old Dario Rico Stanton of Hart’s Gap, Christ Church and 22-year-old Romario Mitchell Quintyne of 122 Cordia Drive, Warners Park, Christ Church, on June 18, 2017, occasioning them actual bodily harm.

The other constable, Akeel Grant, is expected to appear in the No. 2 District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court on April 16 when the charges will be read out to him.

Andrew Pilgrim, QC, and Kamisha Benjamin are representing Stanton and Quintyne in the private suit. However, a request by Benjamin for a bail amount for the officers to reflect the seriousness of the charges was denied by the magistrate.

Cuffy-Sargeant explained that the issue of bail was not pertinent in this case as it was a private matter and the accused were not in custody.

“They are not in the custody of the police [or] . . . charged by the state . . . [and] as such the issue of bail cannot arise,” the magistrate said.

Cutting has Leslie Haynes, QC, as his attorney; Phillips is represented by Shelly-Ann Seecharan and Grant has Wendy Maraj and Destiny Haynes as his legal counsels.

The case against the officers, who were dressed in plain clothes and exited the court through a back door today, continues on September 19.

Meanwhile Stanton and Quintyne, who were present today, also return to court on that date.

They are charged with assaulting Phillips, occasioning him actual body harm, as well as obstructing both him and Cutting in the execution of their duties, and assaulting Grant with intent to prevent the officer from lawfully apprehending him.

Quintyne is also charged with failing to obey a lawful order to keep moving given by Cutting, resisting the officer in the execution of his duties and using abusive language.

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