Cops make court appearance re gas station assault

| 02/03/2010

(CNS): The two police officers who have been suspended from duty since they were accused of being involved in an assault at the Red Bay Esso gas station last year appeared in court on Monday for a preliminary enquiry. The incident resulted in a man, who was said to have been carrying a machete, having a broken arm after the off-duty cops had reportedly arrested him. Officer Rabe Welcome is charged with wounding and with common assault.  His colleague Adrian Clarke is also charged with wounding. On the night of the incident, the 911 Emergency Centre received a call that three off-duty police officers had arrested a man armed with a machete at the gas station.

When on-duty officers turned up, they found the arrested man had a laceration to his face and a broken arm.  The courts will now have to decide if the two officers charged used excessive force.

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