The suspended police officer who has had a number of charges brought against him since police began investigating the Sept. 15 armed robbery of the wife of a cabinet minister has been charged with murder.
Investigators have charged Police Constable Ettian Charles, 32, of Arnos Vale, with the murder of Rodney George, a 50–year-old security guard of Victoria Village, who was found dead at his workplace in Arnos Vale on Sept. 1.
Charles was charged along with 34-year-old Vermont bartender Glenville Harry, and Ulric Hanson, 27, a tattoo artist, of Arnos Vale.
The trio joins Jerome Ollivierre, a 36-year-old tour guide, of Mayreau, who was charged last week with George’s murder.
The three men also join Ollivierre on a charge that between 11:30 p.m. on Aug. 31 and 11:27 a.m. on Sept. 1, at Arnos Vale, they entered G.E.C Auto Supplies Ltd. as trespassers and stole EC$2000.74 in cash.
Police are alleging that the men killed George by stabbing him in his neck with an unknown object.
George, who worked with Professional Security Services, was killed while on duty and became the nation’s 23rd homicide victim this year.
Charles has been on suspension since July 2017, when he was charged with burglarising the Postal Corporation in Kingstown and stealing EC$74,121.46 in cash and other items valued an additional EC$17,486.96.
He was further charged with corruption in public office and had been granted EC$130,000 bail.
However, he was arrested again last month as police investigated the Sept. 15 armed robbery of Reisha Twana Browne-Caesar, wife of Minister of Agriculture, Saboto Caesar, at their home in Cedars.
As a result of that investigation, Charles was charged that on Sept. 15, at Arnos Vale, he had in his possession one black and silver Smith and Wesson .38 revolver serial number unknown and six rounds of .38 ammunition, without a license issued under the Firearm Act.
He had been denied bail since his Sept. 17 arraignment, amidst a submission by Senior Prosecutor Adolphus Delplesche that investigators were fearful that the men could interfere with the investigations if granted bail at that time.
But when he returned to court last week, the suspended police officer told the court that his boss, acting Commissioner of Police Colin John, had beaten him severely after his arrest.
The acting police chief has denied the man’s claim.
Charles, along with Elroy Rogers, a 26-year-old labourer, of New Montrose, Glenville Harry, 34, self-employed, of Vermont and Rocuan Robinson, 29, a mechanic, of Campden Park, have been charged with robbery of Browne-Caesar.
Bail is not open to the accused murderers and they have been remanded into custody pending the commencement of a preliminary inquiry.