A senior ranked police officer slapped with two counts of indecent assault pleaded not guilty to both counts as he made his first appearance at the St George’s number two Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
The well-known traffic police attached to the South St George Police Station was accompanied by defense lawyers Ruggles Ferguson and Dr. Francis Alexis as he appeared before Magistrate Francine Foster, to answer sex-related charges brought against him by a Grenadian born Canadian national, who claimed that she was assaulted by the officer while attempting to make a report at the station.
Informer learned that the highly respected officer, a man known for his no-nonsense approach to law enforcement, was accused of making inappropriate sexual advances to the complainant, including touching her private parts.
The matter was reported to the head of the station and legal proceeding ensued.
During his brief stint at the court on Monday members of the media were not privy to sit in court given the sensitive nature of sex-related matters, however, shortly after the proceeding, defence lawyer Ferguson brought the media up to speed with what had transpired in court.
According to Ferguson the charges, both summary, were read and the defendant has pleaded not guilty, the matter was adjourned to December 19th and 20th when the prosecution would commence proceedings to prove its case against the Inspector who is presently on nine thousand dollars bail.
It was also noted that the prosecution hopes to call to the witness stand some eight witnesses, with an indication that more witnesses could be added to that list.
Although he did not say it verbatim, Ferguson hinted that after the two-day sitting in December, they would be in a better position to see which direction the matter would be heading, he also noted that when all is over his client who is now suspended pending the outcome of the proceeding would be returning to take up active duties in his place of work.
Meanwhile, with two summary counts of indecent assault, if found guilty Antoine faces a minimum of ten years behind bars; five years on each count.