ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Dave “Apple Boy” Rocher, the police constable charged for attacking and robbing a Whenner Road woman, is on remand at Her Majesty’s Prison.
Rocher made his first appearance in the St John’s Magistrates’ Court yesterday before Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh.
The officer was charged over the weekend with aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary.
However, when the court got sight of the charges, Chief Magistrate Walsh expressed concern that the constable was charged with offences of “a somewhat similar nature” arising from the same incident.
She told the prosecution that she would not proceed with both charges. The prosecutor asked for the matter to be stood down so as to consult with his superiors.
After a few minutes, the matter was recalled and the prosecution opted to withdraw the aggravated burglary charge.
“What is the difference between the two? The time of day is the only difference. This is nonsensical to charge him with both (charges) arising out of the same circumstances,” Chief Magistrate Walsh said.
Rocher’s legal advocate Lawrence Daniels told the court that the offence, though an allegation, is still serious. He said he would seek bail for his client in the High Court because a magistrate can not grant bail for offences of this nature.
The former Magistrates’ Court orderly is alleged to have held a woman, with whom he is familiar, at gunpoint and robbed her of her gold chain.
Committal proceedings are set for April 11.
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