Thursday, January 18, 2018

7 cops back in court

Teenager set on fire


ACCUSED: Woman Police Constable Alena Ambrally leaves the Princes Town Magistrates’ Court yesterday. —Photo: INNIS FRANCIS

Mark Fraser

The matter involving seven police officers, including a female officer, charged with setting fire to a teenager last year, was called in the Princes Town Second Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

The officers appeared before Magistrate Avason Quinlan. The matter was transferred to the First Court and adjourned to September 22.

Corporal Roger Reid, 45, and constables Bryan Dookie, 34, Andre Watson, 34, Simon Marshall, 27, Pradeep Ramadhin, 26, and Atiba Teesdale, 22, stood unrepresented in the absence of their attorney, Richard Valere.

Woman Police Constable Alena Ambrally, 29, was represented by attorney Sasha Paulasingh.

The virtual complainants, Jamerson John and his mother Sherma Atwater, were present in court when the matter was called.

Quinlan said the case was a First Court matter and needs to be transferred. She said the presiding senior magistrate was prosecuting at another district. Quinlan said the officers were on remand and continuing bail.   

It is alleged that the police officers stripped John, 18, to his underpants, doused him with methylated spirits and set him alight after he refused to confess to robbing two people and                     breaking into a house near his Moruga home. John was hospitalised for burns to his torso, leg and genital area.

On Wednesday, the seven officers appeared in San Fernando First Court before Deputy Chief Magistrate Mark Wellington, charged with misbehaviour in public office by unlawfully and maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm on John on December 24, 2013, while in police custody.

Wellington granted them each $50,000 bail or a cash alternative of $30,000.