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Raphael Lavia in a March 27, 2023 photo.
Raphael Lavia in a March 27, 2023 photo.
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A Sandy Bay man who allegedly assaulted a police officer who was attempting to arrest him on a bench warrant has been denied bail.

Raphael Lavia, 30, appeared before Magistrate Bertie Pompey at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court on Monday charged that on Nov. 19, at Sandy Bay, he assaulted and resisted the arrest of PC 977 Fergus, he being a police officer acting in due execution of his duties.

Lavia pleaded not guilty to both charges.

However, Prosecutor, acting Corporal of Police Shamrock Pierre objected to bail, telling the court that the offences were allegedly committed during the execution of a bench warrant.

Pompey remanded Lavia to prison until Dec. 11, when the matter is expected to be heard.

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Pompey had issued the bench warrant on Nov. 6, when the defendant did not attend court for hearing in another matter.

After that matter was stood down and called a second time, a police officer told the court that Lavia had been at the Georgetown Police station the previous night in relation to a wounding incident.

Charles had also told the court that after the matter was stood down, Lavia called the Georgetown Police Station to say that he was in Bequia and had thought his matter was on Dec. 9

Pompey had issued the bench warrant, saying, “I thought he was in down there and was calling to say he got stranded.”