ST JOHN’S, Antigua – An attack on the police constable jointly charged with aggravated robbery and murder by one of his co-accused has forced his attorney to appeal to the authorities for a safe place to detain the officer.
Reports indicate that Constable Gideon Jackson was set upon as the men, who were remanded yesterday, were collecting their prison materials. He was not physically hurt in the incident, sources said.
Vere Bird III will now attempt to secure his client’s safety.
The 26-year-old officer is on remand for the murder of gas station attendant Dorothy Prince as well as for aggravated robbery of several attendants at Dee’s Service Station on February 17.
Also charged with the murder and aggravated robbery are Deon Thomas and ex-defence force soldier Timorie Elliotte. A fourth man, Omari Phillip, is also charged with aggravated robbery.
Prison officers and members of the Task Force were at the court as a security measure to avert public disruption. Scores converged outside the High Street courthouse for a glimpse of the accused.
The quartet is set to return to court for committal on May 21.
Prince, 40, sustained several gunshots during the robbery. She died at Mount St John’s Medical Centre a day later.