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British Officer Accused of Rape to Appear In Court

Monday 17th September, 2018-A British Police Constable is expected before a Magistrate on Tuesday to answer to a charge of rape.

The 25 year-old arrived in Antigua on Sunday after he was extradited by British authorities to face the charge he is accused of.

According to allegations, while on vacation in Antigua and Barbuda, he met with a foreign student studying at a local educational institution. Shortly after meeting the student he allegedly raped her. The matter was reported to the police who commenced investigation spear headed by Assistant Commissioner of Police Clayton Davis. However before the suspected police officer could be apprehended he went back to the UK in late May of 2015.

He is expected to appear before Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh in the St. John’s Magistrates’ Court.

Antigua and Barbuda achieved a first in legal History for the OECS when Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Anthony Armstrong successfully made an extradition request to the English Court, petitioning them to extradite the 25 year-old to Antigua and Barbuda.

This was done through the United Kingdom Crown Prosecutions Service who presented the extradition request before the Westminster Magistrates’ Court before a senior District Judge in October of 2017.

The request was granted in July of 2018 after the British Court heard legal arguments for and against the request for the police officer’s extradition to Antigua and Barbuda.

The court’s decision was sent to the British Home Secretary for him to decide whether to issue an order for the return of the fugitive officer. The order was signed by the Home Secretary in August of 2018, paving the way for the British officer return to Antigua and Barbuda.

According to the Daily Mail Online, documents released by Westminster Magistrates’ Court, the British Police’s lawyers said he could not be extradited because of the prison conditions.

In February 2017 the country’s chief magistrate Emma Arbuthnot agreed, saying they were ‘not appropriate’ for a suspect who may be held for a ‘lengthy period of time’.

But during a hearing this summer she reversed her decision after receiving assurances from Antigua’s attorney general.

‘They put forward a room on a former US airbase which included air conditioning, a fridge, and an en suite bathroom,’ she wrote in a ruling. ‘The conditions were satisfactory, to say the least.’

Judge Arbuthnot said she would also like him to be allowed to exercise outside of his room for at least two hours a day.

 

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