A corporal of police was, on Wednesday, charged with burglary and indecent assault.
The officer became the fourth — all corporals — to be charged under the criminal code over the past two weeks.
The Police Public Relations and Complaints Department did not name the officer in a regular press statement, issued on Wednesday.
However, some media outlets have identified him as Keith Lewis.
The press statement said that the officer appeared before the Family Court on Wednesday and pleaded not guilty to the charges. He was granted bail in the sum of EC$5,000 with one surety.
The statement said:
“The police high command will like to reassure the members of the general public that under no circumstances does the organization condone any unlawful acts being perpetrated by a member of the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force against any member of the general public. As police officers we took an oath and have a vested responsibility to protect the citizens.”
Last week Thursday, Dec. 5, Corporal Enkem Richards, of Colonarie, saw burglary and criminal trespass charges against him dismissed after the complainant declined to offer evidence.
Richards was charged in connection with an alleged Nov. 25, incident in which he reportedly had an altercation with his wife.
Richards is said to have entered a neighbour’s property in pursuit of his wife, who is alleged to have gone there in an attempt to escape from him.
Richards’ wife reportedly decided not to press charges against her husband, who she alleged had threatened and choked her.
Two other corporals are facing rape charges.
Corporal Derek Humphrey, of Chauncey, has been charged with the rape of a 15-year-old girl who told police that he raped her in his vehicle on Nov. 24 after having collected her at a house where she had gone, overnight, to avoid sexual assault at her home.
Separately, Corporal Michael Lynch, of Peter’s Hope, originally of Layou, has been charged with rape of a woman who was in protective custody as she is a witness for the state in a murder case.
Both Lynch and Humphrey have been granted bail and have been suspended from duty pending the outcome of their matters.