Alexander, Mires freed in assault case

Inspector Roger Alexander and another police officer have been freed of assaulting a man from Santa Cruz in 2016.

Magistrate Nizam Khan dismissed the charges against the officers this morning after prosecutors from the Office of Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) failed to start the trial of case as scheduled.

The trial of the case had been delayed several times in the past as prosecutors had previously stated that they had issues in locating the four civilian witnesses in the case.

Alexander and Mires were accused of assaulting Christopher Charles with intent to cause him actual bodily harm. 

Mires was also facing an additional charge for committing common assault against Charles.

Both have been suspended from active police duties pending the outcome of the case. 

Alexander was also removed as the host of the T&T Police Service (TTPS)'s Beyond the Tape programme on television station TV6.

Mires was also assigned to the television production and guest starred in the show’s crime prevention segment as a character who repeatedly got caught committing crimes.

The charges arose out of an incident near Charles’ home at Santa Cruz Old Road in July 2016. 

Charles reported the incident to police but decided to file private criminal charges.

The DPP's Office then intervened to prosecute the case. 

Alexander was represented by Gilbert Peterson, SC, and Lee Merry, while attorney John Heath represented Mires. 

- by Derek Achong

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