Police officer gets bail on rape charge

A police constable appeared in court Thursday charged with rape, and was released on $5,000 bail.

When Constable Welch appeared before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant in the No. 2 District ‘A’ Criminal Court, he was not required to plead to the indictable offence of having unlawful sexual intercourse with the complainant without her consent on February 11, 2017.

In a departure from the usual practice, police did not allow reporters to see the charge sheet to get the full name and address of the accused.

Prosecutor Glenda Carter-Nicholls did not object to bail for the officer. He is required to return to court on October 19, 2017.

13 Responses to Police officer gets bail on rape charge

  1. Greengiant July 13, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    It’s actually unconstitutional for the media to print the name of any accused or publish photographs while there’s no conviction. It’s a violation of the rights of the accused. After all, even after acquita, the damage to the persons reputation in a small open society is already damagesd. I however the crown only acknowleges this rule rule when an officer is a suspect, or is charged. The neccessary instructions to the media should come from the judicial officer in charge of the court.

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  2. Jd July 14, 2017 at 4:33 am

    Where you get that info? Does that apply to Barbados?

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  3. Annette July 14, 2017 at 6:29 am

    So why normal civilians face is plaster all over papers
    But its one law for the police

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  4. The Negrocrat July 14, 2017 at 6:50 am

    Green and stupid you are!

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  5. Mack July 14, 2017 at 9:53 am

    This is so sad!! And embarising to all those good and decent officers who is trying the uphold the good name of the Royal Barbados Police Force. Sincs we are not all aware of the facts I will leave it here.

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  6. Sherlock Holmes. July 14, 2017 at 11:15 am

    Where is it mandated that a reporter must see anyone’s charge sheet whether a police officer or not? As far as i am aware an attorney representing the accused and the accused is given copies or a copy of the particular charge or charges. There is nothing in the law as far as i am aware that speaks of any reporter having the right to peruse any person charge sheet. It can be construed as an infringement on a person’s constitutional rights. There are certain rights that must be respected when dealing with accused persons and if it was practice for some police officers who indulge reporters in such, then it needs to stop. Actually this instance is a clear example of why that practice should have never been allowed.

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  7. Milli Watt July 14, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    Bridgetown, that great cesspool into which all the loungers and idlers of the banana republic are irresistibly drained.

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    • Sherlock Holmes. July 14, 2017 at 8:42 pm

      What on earth does this statement mean? Maybe to you it waxs of eloquence but it has me bewildered.

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  8. North Point July 14, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    You are so right Sherlock Holmes.

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  9. Belfast July 14, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    Convicted already by John Public

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  10. Alex Alleyne July 14, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    All who take RAPE seriously feel the pain of the victim.
    Bail set at $5000 is a slap on the wrist.
    One only get serious “WHEN IT HIT CLOSE HOME”.

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  11. Cjoan July 17, 2017 at 7:14 am

    I am in total agreement with publishing the name of the Police Officer he has been charged they must have compelling evidence.We must not sweep under the carpet or into the swamp those who would shame a whole organisation.
    There are many struggling to do good.
    Think of the Victim who is damaged for life.
    Rape is Violence and a recidivist crime

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  12. Tony Waterman July 18, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    July 13/2017:-Police officer gets bail on rape charge.

    A police constable appeared in court Thursday charged with rape, and was released on $5,000 bail.
    When Constable Welch appeared before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant in the No. 2 District ‘A’ Criminal Court, he was not required to plead to the indictable offence of having unlawful sexual intercourse with the complainant without her consent on February 11, 2017.

    July 17th 2017:-Rape accused remanded,

    A 36-year-old man accused of rape was remanded to prison when he appeared before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant at the No. 2 District ‘A’ Criminal Court Monday morning.

    Trevor Da Costa Hurdle, of 3rd Avenue Ivy, St Michael, was not required to plead to the indictable offence, which allegedly occurred on July 13.

    Since when, and under which LAW is RAPE NOT Treated the same for EVERYONE.

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