Posted: Tuesday, June 14, 2022. 8:10 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: According to Commissioner of Police Chester Williams, writing to counsel for Constable Alicia Trapp Orson Elrington, investigators into her confrontation with Minister Julius Espat in Teakettle village on June 5 during village council elections have uncovered other dimensions to the incident.
The Commissioner writes that the investigator “…recorded a number of statements from eyewitnesses, who do not support the version of events as outlined by your client in her statement. In fact, the statements from the witnesses are suggesting that it was your client who was the aggressor pointing her hands in the face of Hon. Espat. The assertions of these witnesses are supported by a number of photographs depicting her actions.”
The police investigation appears to have concluded that, as stated by the Commissioner in his letter to Elrington, “There is no iota of evidence to suggest that [Hon. Espat assaulted your client]. It is, therefore, clear that the only assault committed was upon Hon. Espat by your client,” and she will be so charged.
But Elrington hit back today during the UDP’s press conference, accusing the Commissioner of behaving in “typical dictatorial, [authoritarian], behaviour, as a person who seems as though they have a vendetta against anybody who seems to disagree with them,” and of “issuing public threats” against the constable, because she was transferred to overnight relief from a community policing job, and now bringing charges.
Beyond his legal advice to Constable Trapp, which Elrington outlined as a choice between defending the “trumped-up” assault charge; pursuing a civil suit for assault against Minister Espat; filing a claim for false imprisonment and malicious prosecution if the charge is brought, and a suit for potential breach of constitutional rights; he called on Belizeans to shun this behaviour and condemn it because it begins “a slippery slope.”
We’ll have the Commissioner’s response, issued this evening, in a separate report.
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