41-year-old WPC Patrice Clarke has been charged with Assault by Beating against a male relative, as well as Unlawful Assault against a female relative. (Image: TTPS)

A 41-year-old Woman Police Constable (WPC) is expected to go virtually before an Arima Magistrate in a virtual hearing on Monday 25th January 2021, to face charges of Assault by Beating against a male relative, as well as Unlawful Assault against a female relative.

According to an official statement from the Police Service, WPC Patrice Clarke, last attached to the Northern Division, was charged with the offences, following advice received from the Director of Public Prosecutions, Roger Gaspard SC, on Thursday 12th November 2020. The DPP further advised that the accused be interviewed and if no useful information is obtained, the charges should be proffered.

The TTPS release reports that the charges stem from an incident which allegedly occurred on Thursday 3rd September 2020.

Reports are that the male victim told police that on September 3rd, 2020, he was at his home in the company of the accused and other persons when they got into a heated argument. During the altercation, the victim said he left the house to de-escalate the situation.

He said upon returning to his home later that night, he and the accused got into yet another argument during which he alleges she slammed a door against his hand and hit him several times across the back with a chair. During the same incident, another relative, aged 58 years, intervened in an attempt to quell the disturbance.  The accused proceeded to the refrigerator and filled a cup of cold water and reportedly threw it upon the female relative.

Both victims made a report to the police and an investigator was appointed to the matter.

WPC Clarke subsequently was charged in connection with the offences on Wednesday 16th December 2020, by W/Cpl (Ag.) Henry of the Professional Standard Bureau.