|Policewoman charged for neglecting teen |
By AZARD ALI Saturday, January 4 2014
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CHARGED: Acting Inspector Carol Alexander leaves the San Fernando Magistrates' Court yesterday after she appeared on two charges of a neglecting a 14-...
Acting Inspector of Police Carol Alexander yesterday stood before a San Fernando magistrate to answer the criminal charge of neglecting a 14-year-old girl by locking her out of an apartment. The policewoman was ordered by the magistrate not to communicate with the girl for the duration of the case.
Alexander appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Mark Wellington charged with two counts of neglecting a young girl. Alexander, 53, has 32 years service and was last working at the San Fernando City Corporation’s Police Unit.
She was arrested by officers of the San Fernando Police Station located opposite the corporation’s police headquarters where she worked.
Attorney Cedric Neptune yesterday told Wellington his client was arrested on Monday, released and rearrested on Thursday. Acting Sergeant Steve Persad laid the charge after consultations with officials at the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). The charge as read out in court alleged that Alexander locked out a 14-year-old relative from an apartment at Embacadere, Lady Hailes Avenue, San Fernando, on two occasions.
At about 3.30 pm yesterday, Alexander was escorted by two female police officers to the San Fernando Magistrates’ Court, where she appeared before Wellington. The magistrate read the first charge that between Saturday, December 21 and Sunday, December 22, she caused unnecessary suffering to the child by neglect.
Alexander is also alleged to have committed the same offence against the young girl on December 30. Wellington told Alexander the charges were laid indictably and she was not called upon to plead. Court prosecutor PC Ramnath Phillip said the charges would remain indictable, but could be tried summarily as well.
Neptune asked for bail to be granted, saying Alexander had an unblemished record as a police officer who rose steadily up the ranks. He said she is a single parent and always made herself available to police during investigations.
Phillip told the court while the prosecution has no objection to bail, the accused should not be allowed to interact or communicate with the virtual complainant (the child) who is now in the custody of The Hope Centre in Pointe-a-Pierre.
Wellington said due to the prevalence of crimes against young children, he is minded to make such an order. He then told Alexander that she is not to visit the victim or have any form of communication with her over the duration of the hearing of the case.
Alexander was then granted $40,000 bail to cover both charges. Alexander was ordered to reappear in court on January 22. Minister of Local Government Marlene Coudray, a former San Fernando Mayor, was seen sitting in the courtroom during Alexander’s case hearing. Questioned later as to why she was in court, Coudray told Newsday, “I’m just here to give support to Miss Alexander.”