Three police officers have appeared before a Port of Spain Magistrate charged with kidnapping, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, misbehaviour and false imprisonment, offences alleged to have been committed on Sunday 5th November, 2017.
Corporal Nicholas Nurse was charged with kidnapping, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, false imprisonment and two counts of misbehaviour; while PC Kevin Kassie was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and PC Kevin De Freitas was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and false imprisonment.
All three officers, who were attached to the West End Task Force at the time, appeared before Magistrate Annette Forde, in the Port of Spain 4B Magistrates’ Court on Monday 16th April, 2018.
The officers were granted bail by Justice of the Peace Anthony Soulette in the sum of $300,000, $250,000 and $125,000 respectively on Friday 13th April, 2018.
The matter has been adjourned to Wednesday 18th April, 2018. The 26-year-old victim, of Diego Martin, made a report to the Professional Standards Bureau (PSB) on Wednesday 15th November, 2017, alleging he was falsely charged and assaulted while detained at the West End Police Station on Sunday 5th November, 2017.
The officers were charged by W/Cpl. (Ag.) Dane-Marie Marshall, of PSB, following advice received from the Director of Public Prosecution, Roger Gaspard, SC, on Friday 13th April, 2018.