Firearm charges against police officer withdrawn

first_imgLocalNews Firearm charges against police officer withdrawn by: – June 21, 2013 Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share 43 Views   7 comments A charge against a police officer from a 2012 firearm related incident has been discontinued. Gerard Durand was charged in December, 2012 with possession of a prohibitive weapon.That charge stemmed from a September 2012 incident in which Ashton Telemacque, 27, of Wesley, was arrested at the Wood Bridge Bay Port.One sub-machine gun, 24 rounds of 9mm ammunition, four 12-gauge rounds of shot-gun ammunition and one .45 caliber of ammunition were found in a vehicle which Telemaque drove into the port on September 7th.On the day in question, the man went to clear a barrel when a search of the vehicle was conducted, in accordance with port procedure, and the weapon and ammunition were discovered.Telemacque was arrested and charged, but it was later revealed that the vehicle which he used was the property of Mr. Durand, and the charges against him were withdrawn.However, on Friday 21st June, the charges were withdrawn against Mr Durand at the magistrate’s court. The directive to do so, reportedly came from the acting director of public prosecution, Julian Prevost.Attorney at law Gildon Richards, who represents Durand, confirmed to Dominica Vibes that the charges were withdrawn. One sub-machine gun, 24 rounds of 9mm ammunition, four 12-gauge rounds of shot-gun ammunition and one .45 caliber of ammunition were found in the police officer’s vehicle“The matter was discontinued by the DPP. I did not see the possibility of a conviction in that matter because of the factual circumstances of it,” he said. As to whether Durand could resume duty soon, Richards said this is a matter for the Police Chief and the Police Service Commission. “If they intend to take disciplinary action against him, that’s a possibility, but I don’t see how it could be reasonable to take disciplinary action against him again in the factual circumstances,” he said. Meanwhile, Richards said he is still pursuing a matter involving another police officer; corporal Philbert Bertrand, who was placed on suspension in October, 2012. The police department has not revealed any information regarding the investigation concerning Bertrand.“I suppose the commissioner and everybody else should know the right thing to do. I don’t think he should be left without some form of compensation for the injury that he has suffered. He has not done anything to be on suspension,” he said. Dominica Vibes Newslast_img