Police officers return to court over charges

| 06/09/2010

(CNS): Two police officers who are facing charges for wounding following an incident in June last year at the Red Bay Esso Station on Shamrock Road returned to Summary Court, today (Monday 6 Septmebr). Rabe Welcome and Adrian Clarke are accused of assaulting a man at the gas station while they made an off duty arrest. They appeared for a preliminary enquiry where evidence is heard by the court before a trail date is set. According to a police report from the time an internal enquiry had been initiated by the Professional Standards Unit of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service to assess the level of force used during the incident. (Photo by Dennie Warren jr)

The man who had been reportedly armed with a machete sustained various injuries during the arrest by the three off duty police officers. The complainant had been arrested on suspicion of threatening violence and possession of an offensive weapon, suffered a laceration to his face and a broken arm. 
The police said ast year that when officers find themselves in situations where the use of force is necessary they are required to justify that use of force, showing that it was proportionate and legal, and that there was, at the time, an absolute necessity.
The officers were suspended from duty and charged earlier this year. The preliminary enquiry which began in March of this year was adjourned this afternoon and is expected to continue on 21 September and bail was extended for both officers.
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