St. John’s Antigua- Two police officers charged with beating a Hispanic man last month appeared before court and were granted bail.
Constables Leon Alves and Timothy Phillip yesterday appeared before Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh and were released on $10,000 bail with two sureties.
Both men had to come up with a cash deposit of $3,000.
Phillip has to report every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday between 6 am and 6 pm to the Police Headquarters, while Alves, who allegedly resides at the Gray’s Farm Police Station, will report there on those same days and time.
Another condition of the bail is that the two surrender their travel documents. Alves and Phillip have been charged with causing grievous bodily harm.
It is alleged that both officers pursued the alleged victim on June 17 from Amy Byer Street to Gambles where an altercation ensued.
Allegations are that the man was pulled from his pickup truck and beaten by the officers. The victim’s leg was reportedly broken in three places.
The altercation is allegedly as a result of the Dominican Republic national’s hitting the officer’s vehicle and leaving the scene.
Reports are that pending the outcome of the case, the officers have been suspended from active duty.
Committal proceedings are set for October 2.
Attorney Cosbert Cumberbatch is the men’s legal advocate.