Antigua Opposition Calls For Swift Return Of Police Officer Who Fled To St Vincent

The opposition United Progressive Party (UPP) wants Prime Minister Gaston Browne to order a full and impartial investigation into how a police officer was able to leave the country right before the start of a probe into his alleged sexual misconduct.

The officer is reported to have been sexually involved with a 13-year-old girl.

“We are also calling on the police commissioner of St Vincent and the Grenadines Reynold Hadaway, if he has not done so already, to act swiftly in capturing this officer and returning him to the sate of Antigua an Barbuda,” the UPP chairman said at a news conference at UPP headquarters.

Deputy leader of the UPP, Dr Jacqui Quinn
Deputy leader of the UPP, Dr Jacqui Quinn

“We further ask the commissioner of police, Wendel Robinson, to voluntarily step down while this investigation is ongoing.

The head of the St Vincent and the Grenadines police force confirmed  that he is in receipt of an arrest warrant for a member of the Royal Police Force of Antigua & Barbuda (RPFAB) facing allegations of sexual misconduct with a minor.

The alleged perpetrator reportedly fled to his homeland on Sunday 2nd October 2016.

Commissioner Renold Hadaway told OBSERVER media that the document, which outlined the alleged offences, had been issued by his counterpart in Antigua, Wendel Robinson.

Dr. Quinn has predicted that if the matter is not dealt with seriously, it will adversely affect the image of the entire justice system.

“The morale of our police officers will be lowered. Confidence in the criminal justice system would be further downgraded and undermined, and confidence in our judiciary will be totally decimated,” Dr Quinn asserted.

The local police have issued an arrest warrant for the man in question.

First Published Antigua Observer 

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