The findings of an investigation into a vehicular accident which caused police constable Grayson Edwards to lose his arm are now before the Southern Division police legal team.
Giving an update on the probe at Thursday’s T&T Police Service weekly media briefing, Senior Supt Richard Smith said the team would decide what charges to lay against the driver of the other vehicle involved in the accident.
The constables, Nicholas Lee, Grayson Edwards, Akino Clovis and Jesse St John, who are attached to the Court and Process Branch in Port-of-Spain, had just finished duty at the FOC party at the Brian Lara Stadium, Tarouba, on August 28 when the accident occurred.
As they left in a white Nissan Caravan around 10.30 am, a gold Nissan Cefiro collided with the maxi at the north entrance to the stadium along the Reform Connector Road. Both vehicles landed on the roadside, with Edwards and Nicholas pitching out of the van.
Smith said Edwards received the most severe injuries and surgeons had to amputate his right arm. Lee suffered head and nerve injuries and only left the hospital on Tuesday. Fortunately, doctors discharged Clovis and St John hours after the accident. They remain at home recovering
“Inquiries continue into that RTA, and the file is now in the possession of the legal officers. A decision will be made in the next two days on the charges to be made on the driver of the other vehicle,” Smith said. Recalling the August 29 protest when scrap iron dealers dumped two mounds of sand across the Solomon Hochoy Highway in Claxton Bay Smith said there is now a special operations team to deal with roadblocks.
“It caused traffic pile-up for miles, as well as people were not able to get to their work, to their homes, in a timely manner. We started this unit, and we have also been arresting persons who we find blocking the roadway.”
He said while investigating the highway protest, police went to the home of a scrap iron dealer and found a firearm, 15 rounds of ammunition, just over TT$100,000, US$3000, and a quantity of jewellery. The Financial Investigation Branch seized the cash while police charged the dealer for illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition. An investigation into the seized jewellery continues.
He also reported that investigators arrested and charged a former St Paul’s Anglican Church employee, San Fernando, for 11 counts of sacrileges at the San Fernando church.
Police also arrested a suspect for the rape, kidnapping, grievous sexual assault and robbery with violence against a Venezuelan migrant. The suspect is currently in remand at the Maximum Security Prison.
Two other people are in custody for obtaining money by false pretence after stealing a 40-foot container from a job site in Princes Town and selling it to someone else. Itigators recovered the container in St Margaret’s Village.