LOCAL Government Minister Marlene Coudray came to the San Fernando Magistrates’ Court yesterday during the appearance of a policewoman charged with two counts of child neglect.
Acting Inspector Carol Alexander, 53, was granted $40,000 bail by Deputy Chief Magistrate Mark Wellington.
Alexander is charged with being in charge of the child (name called) and that she did neglect the child, causing unnecessary suffering to the child’s health on two separate occasions.
The charges arose from an allegation Alexander locked the child out of a house on two occasions, between December 21 and 22, and December 30, at her Embacadere, San Fernando, home.
Alexander was not called on to enter a plea, as the charges were laid indictably.
Alexander was represented by attorney Cedric Neptune, who asked that Wellington consider “reasonable bail”.
Neptune said he would like the court to consider Alexander had been a police officer with the San Fernando City Corporation for the past 28 years, which had been totally uneventful until now.
He said Alexander has now moved to the rank of acting inspector and is not a flight risk.
Police prosecutor attorney Ramnath Phillip said he would not object to bail, but was concerned about the safety of the alleged victim. He said the child was now staying at a children’s home in San Fernando, and officials of the home had requested paper documents to ensure the child’s stay there was legal.
Phillip said once bail was granted, Alexander should be allowed only supervised visits by way of senior officials at the home or in the company of a police officer.
Magistrate Wellington ordered bail with a surety be granted on the conditions that Alexander not be allowed to visit the virtual complaint while the matter was before the court and that the child remain at the home for the time being.
Alexander worked at the San Fernando City Corporation while Coudray was chief executive officer and mayor of the city.
Coudray said she came to court as a “concerned citizen”.
The case was adjourned to January 22.