Police dismiss reports that they were involved in shooting death of Nevis youth
- Published on Friday, 28 June 2013 09:20
- Written by Toni Frederick
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St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Police are denying reports that they were involved in the murder of Adrian Springette of Grove Village, Nevis.
According to a statement released Friday, Assistant Commissioner of Police with the responsibility for Crime, Mr. Ian Queeley, is assuring the public that there is no truth to the reports circulating on the island, that police were somehow involved in the June 22nd homicide.
It says that the Police Force had no operation underway in the area at the time of the incident, and that there were no police officers pursuing anyone, in particular the deceased, before during after the shooting that took place at Grove Park.
“Such careless and reckless statements have the potential to build discomfort and mistrust between the Citizens of the Federation and The Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force,” the release says.
Assistant Commissioner Queeley it says is requesting that members of the public refrain from perpetuating what he refers to as “derogatory rumours,” which he says will only bring doubts about the Police Force and may discourage the citizens from cooperating with them in fighting crime.
The force is under the shadow of reports that police were involved in the March shooting death of Basseterre man, Trevor Douglas. Police have been tight-lipped about the reports that Douglas was shot and killed by a police officer on March 27th while he was fleeing the scene after smashing the windows and windscreen of a vehicle in Basseterre.
They did indicate that an autopsy had revealed that he had died from gunshot wounds, but they have neither confirmed nor denied that he may have been shot by police.
A terse press release issued at the end of May, indicates that Police had concluded a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding Douglas’ death and had forwarded the case file to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for her consideration. It says that the police would abide by, and adhere to, whatever decision the DPP made based on her review of the case file.
Douglas family has appealed to the police and the DPP for more information about the investigation.
The DPP declined to comment on the case when contacted by WINN FM.
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