Officer charged

Special constable on assault and theft charges

A Special Constable was Thursday granted bail on assault and theft charges despite objections from a police prosecutor who said there was a need to protect the alleged female victim in the matter.

Andrew Jonathan Maynard of #57 Browne’s Avenue, Bayville, St Michael is accused of assaulting Shevorn John, occasioning her actual bodily harm, and stealing her $1,120 cellular phone on March 7.

The 30-year-old officer denied the charges and the prosecutor argued strongly for him to be remanded to HMP Dodds.

Noting that Maynard had been granted bail from the same court, Sergeant Neville Watson told Magistrate Douglas Frederick that persons who are out on bail for any criminal offence should be circumspect in how they conduct themselves.

He pointed out that Maynard had now found himself accused of two other crimes involving violence.

“Violence comes up as a central motive. Ms John is a member of society that needs to be protected at this time, Sir,” he said. “The alleged incident occurred in the wee hours of morning, around 2 a.m. They share the same household, but [that time] is when one is under the influence of sleep and particularly vulnerable. There is a need to protect the complainant.”

The prosecutor added: “He is like a moth to the flame and we would like to protect him from himself.”

Watson also suggested that John had to seek medical attention as a result of the alleged incident.

“The neck and the throat were subject to that violent attack, Sir,” he disclosed.

Watson further submitted that, based on the evidence, Maynard would interfere with the witness. He therefore asked the court “to exercise its discretion in favour of the Crown and remand him into custody”.

However, Maynard’s attorney Lennox Miller argued otherwise.

In making an application for bail, the lawyer countered that the “abrasion” suffered by the complainant was a soft tissue injury, which he claimed was caused by a fall.

On the issue of his client already out on bail, he explained that the case was still before the court and had not yet been ventilated. He suggested strict conditions could be placed on Maynard.

“My client is quite prepared to move to his mother’s house. Mr Maynard has a promising career as a police officer [and] he is a man who looks to better himself, placing him on remand now will affect him tremendously, Sir.

“He denies these allegations against him. . . . I urge the court not to compound the complexity of his life. Clearly he will be on suspension now. [Don’t] compound the complexity of his life any further by sending him on remand for the next 28 days,” Miller said, adding that his client was a fit and proper candidate for bail.

In weighing the two arguments, the magistrate told the accused that he had found himself in some “peculiar circumstances”.

However, he granted Maynard $5,000 bail with conditions – that he live with his grandmother in another community and that he stay away from John.

He returns to court on June 12.

15 Responses to Officer charged

  1. Carlos O
    Carlos O'Brien March 10, 2017 at 3:28 am

    Who guards the guards???

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  2. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall March 10, 2017 at 5:45 am

    Too many Barbadosess

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  3. Sherry Brathwaite
    Sherry Brathwaite March 10, 2017 at 6:06 am

    Smfh is all i can say

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  4. Lady-Stylez Pilgrim
    Lady-Stylez Pilgrim March 10, 2017 at 6:26 am

    Waittttt promising future of what!???? Corruption corruption……this now rub me the wrong way

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  5. Sheldon Cox
    Sheldon Cox March 10, 2017 at 6:37 am

    De system works great

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  6. Alana B March 10, 2017 at 7:49 am

    If this matter is resolved in the Special Constable’s favour, I trust that he would not reunite with the alleged victim. If however, it is not resolved in his favour, I also trust that he would not reunite with the alleged victim and change for the future he desires. Too much violence for reasons that can be resolved with the assistance of a neutral third party.

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  7. Dennis Taitt
    Dennis Taitt March 10, 2017 at 7:50 am

    Hmm. Again. This is another mistake or another set up?

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  8. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn March 10, 2017 at 8:49 am

    A story have two sides.This time she have a cheap blue phone with a cracked up glass . trying to get a new phone from the man.This look like a set up. The prosecutor object to bail. As though the guard robbed her with a gun. Some of these prosecutors putting a lot of strain on the prison system. Some of them ain’t know what they are doing. If that man was his family or a friend of his. He will not object to bail double standard.

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  9. Sue Donym March 10, 2017 at 9:12 am

    A promising career as a police officer? Is there actually a police brutality section?

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  10. Jai Khan
    Jai Khan March 10, 2017 at 9:32 am

    I didn’t know we still had special constable.. I thought they had all gone back to training school

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  11. Sharon Taylor
    Sharon Taylor March 10, 2017 at 10:03 am

    Love blinds a person… He needs to let go of whatever he helped her with and move on… Those charges she keeps wracking up against him doesn’t look good…

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  12. Alvin March 10, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    It looks like the man has already been found guilty in the Supreme Court of Public opinion ans Social Media.

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  13. gsmiley March 10, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    angus benn you obviously don’t know what you are talking about or of whom you are dealing with

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    • Ravi March 10, 2017 at 10:13 pm

      Do you know who you are talking about and who you are dealing with ?? Why should you judge ?? Do you know the story

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