Five police officers accused of manslaughter gets bail

The five police officers charged with manslaughter in the death of a Canadian resident have been granted bail.

The five, who appeared in the rural St. David’s Magistrate Court on Friday, have each been granted EC 100,000 thousand dollars bail secured by property Title Deeds and with special conditions.

Resident Magistrate Nevlyn John announced that the bail takes effect next week Friday January 13th and that the accused officers are scheduled to reappear in court on January 27th.

Under the bail conditions, the accused officers must report to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) once a week between the hours of 9 am to 4 pm.

All their travel documents must be released to the CID and notification of this must be made to Embassies and Police Agencies in the Caribbean and around the world.

Crowd trying to get a glimpse of the accused men as they are whisked away in a heavily guarded police van

Crowd trying to get a glimpse of the accused men as they are whisked away in a heavily guarded police van

Magistratrate John also ruled that the accused officers must refrain from entering the St. David’s Police Station where the incident happened.

The bail conditions also state that the accused officers must refrain from any form of intimidation of witnesses in the case.

White police van parked close to the side exit of the court waiting to take the accused away, with heavy police presence all around.

Police Constables, Edward Gibson, Shaun Ganness, Ruddy Felix, Kenton Hazzard and Wendell Sylvester have been charged with the manslaughter of Oscar Bartholomew a Grenadian born Canadian resident who was on Christmas vacation on the island.

Bartholomew was pronounced dead at the General Hospital less than 24 hours after he was allegedly beaten into a coma by the officers at the St. David’s police station.©

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