$50,000 bail for cop on assault charges

A po­lice con­sta­ble last as­signed to Guard and Emer­gency Branch was grant­ed bail in the sum of $50,000 when he ap­peared be­fore a mag­is­trate charged with two counts of com­mon as­sault.

The court heard that on Au­gust 26, 2019, a 26-year-old woman, who at the time was in a co­hab­i­ta­tion­al re­la­tion­ship with the of­fi­cer was re­ceiv­ing coun­selling for do­mes­tic is­sues from a psy­chol­o­gist in Ch­agua­nas when PC Dale Balka­rans­ingh, 46, of 928 Nel­son Road, Lange Park, Ch­agua­nas, al­leged­ly stormed in­to the ses­sion de­mand­ing that the woman im­me­di­ate­ly stop the ses­sion and leave. She re­fused and Balka­rans­ingh al­leged­ly whipped out his li­censed firearm and point­ed it at both vic­tims, threat­en­ing them and in­di­cat­ing that no one would leave.

 

A re­port was made to the Pro­fes­sion­al Stan­dards Bu­reau and an in­ves­ti­ga­tion was con­duct­ed. Balka­rans­ingh was sub­se­quent­ly charged on Oc­to­ber 17 with two counts of com­mon as­sault on the ad­vice of the Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tion (DPP) Roger Gas­pard SC.

W/Cpl Mar­sha Bur­gan laid the charges and pros­e­cut­ed the case.

On Fri­day, Balka­rans­ingh ap­peared at the Ch­agua­nas 1st Mag­is­trate’s Court be­fore Mag­is­trate Nicholas Ali.

Bail was set in the sum of $50,000 to cov­er both charges with the con­di­tion that he keeps 200 me­tres away from both vic­tims.

 

The case was lat­er ad­journed to No­vem­ber 15.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion was led by Ag As­sis­tant Com­mis­sion­er To­taram Dookhie and in­clud­ed Supt An­tho­ny Rem­my and In­sp Sheri­dan Hills.

- by Rhondor Dowlat-Rostant

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