Trinidad: Three cops in court for kidnap, imprisonment, assault

(TRINIDAD EXPRESS) – THREE police officers made an appearance before a Port of Spain Magistrate on Monday accused of kidnapping, false imprisonment and assault.

In addition to the criminal offences, the officers are also facing charges of misbehaviour in public office.

The three- PCs Nicholas Nurse, Kevin Cassie and Kevin Defreitas — appeared before Senior Magistrate Nanette Forde-John in the Fifth Port of Spain Court accused of committing the offences six month ago against a man whom they claimed used obscene language, resisted arrest and obstructed them in the execution of their duty.

The man, Nicholas Owen, has been charged for the offences and the matters are currently pending before the court.

Following the incident, Owen was said to have reported the matter to officers of the Professional Standards Bureau, who launched an investigation after which the charges were laid against the officers last week.

Upon their appearance, the officers, who were all last attached to the Western Division, were not called upon to plead as the charges were laid indictably.

They remain free on bail that was granted to them by a justice of the peace at the police station after the charges were laid.

Given that the accused are police officers, an attorney from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has to be appointed to prosecute the matters.

They were represented by attorneys Criston J Williams, Cristian Chandler and Shirvani Ramkissoon. The matter will be recalled on Wednesday.

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