Friday 23 August, 2019

St Ann cops on rape and other charges have their bails extended

Two police officers who were arrested and charged on suspicion of sexually assaulting a female in Runaway Bay last year, had their bails extended when they appeared in the St Ann Parish Court on Tuesday.

Constable George Richards and District Constable Andre Hoilet were charged with rape following a ruling from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on June 1, 2018.

When the matter was mentioned on Tuesday, the case file was still incomplete, and the defendants were asked by the court to provide DNA samples for testing.

At the end of the hearing, Richards and Hoilett each had their $300,000 bail extended to return to court on May 28 by presiding Parish Judge, Michelle Salmon.

According to reports from the police's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), the two police officers were alleged to have sexually assaulted the complainant in the Runaway Bay area on Monday night, May 21, 2018. The officers, who are attached to the Runaway Bay Police Station, were on duty in the area on the night in question.

A report was made to the police station, following which an investigation was launched, and the two policemen were taken into custody the following day.

In addition to being later charged for rape, the lawmen were each slapped with a count of forcible abduction and illegal possession of firearm, all relative to the overall case against them.

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