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Police Constable Charged in Off Duty Shooting Incident

Police Constable Charged in Off Duty Shooting Incident
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THG Network (Feb. 22, 2017) — Constable Delroy Stapleton, of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force, was arrested, charged and granted bail for the offences of Inflicting Bodily Injury with a weapon and Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm, stemming from an incident that occurred in June of 2016 in Frigate Bay.

The police force is reporting that the incident was investigated by the Violent Crimes Unit and the Office of Professional Standards and was reviewed by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution.

Although the offence occurred eight months ago, the charges were not brought until yesterday, (Tuesday 21 Feb. 2017).

Constable Stapleton has been suspended from all duties with immediate effect, pending the determination of the charges.

When he appeared before the Basseterre Magistrate Court, he was granted bail in the amount of $25,000 with two sureties.

St. Kitts and Nevis’ Police Commissioner, Ian Queeley is quoted in a release from the Force’s Press and Public Relations Department as saying “we have systems and processes in place to deal with these types of incidents,” adding that “During the investigation, the necessary protocols were followed and a decision was arrived at. These things take time, and we allowed the process to take its course.”