Former national footballer, Dwaine Sandy, who police earlier this month declared “wanted” and “armed and dangerous”, says he wants a meeting with Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves.
Sandy was released from police custody at 4:50 a.m. on Saturday after a second 48 hours in detention this week in connection with the June 13 robbery of EC$100,000 (EC$1=US$0.37) from a female postal workers and the shooting of a police officer who came to help her.
Sandy’s lawyer, Grant Connell, said on Wednesday that police said they had taken Sandy into custody for “safekeeping”.
Sandy told I-Witness News on Saturday that police took a statement from him and accused him of being involved in a robbery of a money transfer service here sometime ago.
He said that when the police came to his house sometime before 3 a.m. Thursday, they manhandled his mother and struck him in the chest.
“They come home by me, pull down me mother on she back. They give me a thump in me chest; me have to reach by the hospital. I [was] there spitting blood all thing,” Sandy told I-Witness News.
Connell told I-Witness News on Saturday that police informed him on Friday that his client was taken to the hospital.
Sandy objected to the manner in which the police treated him.
“They have me down in the hospital Thursday like me a some animal, when I am an innocent man,” he said.
“Right now, I fear for my life because they come and pick me up a second time and I am innocent all the time.
“… When the Prime Minister comes back, I want a meeting with the Prime Minister. I want to talk to the Prime Minister to try and reinstate my character.”
Prime Minister Gonsalves is also Minister of National Security and Legal Affairs.
“Right now, my record is clean and if you watch in the Police Force, they have people in the Police Force now with their record dirty — as criminals. … That is how the society messed up,” Sandy said.
Commissioner of Police, Keith Miller, have reinstated three police officers who were convicted of offences in relation to their beating a 14-year-old boy into a one-week coma a few years ago.
Sandy said that when the police released him, they told him their investigations are continuing.
But he maintained that he is innocent and said he has proof that he was in Grenada when the robbery was committed.
Meanwhile, the police chief said earlier this week that they have another suspect in relation to the June 13 crimes.
Connell escorted Sandy from Grenada to St. Vincent on Monday after police said last week Thursday that he was wanted.
Meanwhile, a prosecutor has questioned the decision by the police to keep Sandy for “safe keeping”.
“I [am] wondering about this new law the police passed. Lord help us! They now claim a power of arrest for safe keeping,” Carl Williams, a lawyer in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution said Friday on the social networking website, Facebook.
“There is no act of [P]arliament giving power to the police to arrest anyone for safe keeping,” the prosecutor further said.