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The constable caught kicking and cuffing a public service vehicle operator on a cell phone camera will be hauled to court by private prosecution, said a defence attorney.

As the two route taxi operators were remanded on assault charges involving two constables when they appeared in the Bridgetown Traffic Court, attorney Kevin Miller made his intentions clear.

“We will definitely be bringing private prosecution against the policeman,” declared Miller and Shamar Bovell immediately after Travis Tremaine Brathwaite and James Anthony Andrews were sent to HMP Dodds for the next 28 days.

And, the attorneys promised, the private case will be lodged in time for their clients’ next appearance on June 1 in the Bridgetown Traffic Court.

Their comments came as the video went viral of Constable 2077 Dennis Murray in a fight, kicking and punching a man in the stomach before the lawman is eventually pulled away by fellow policemen and others.


Charges denied


Brathwaite, 30, of Sealy Hall, St Philip, was later charged with, but has denied, he assaulted, obstructed and resisted Murray and that he damaged a shirt belonging to the Crown on Thursday.

Andrews, 34, of Apple Hall Terrace, St Philip, pleaded not guilty to failing to wear proper attire; loitering in the area of the Nursery Drive Terminal with intent to solicit passengers; assaulting Constable 2214 Donnette Cadogan and using the threatening words: “If I can’t work in the stand, I will wait until you get pay and rob you and kill you,” to Cadogan, also on Thursday.

The prosecution did not object to bail for the two men, but Magistrate Graveney Bannister called on the two attorneys to show why their clients should be released.

“These are allegations but they are serious allegations. There is supposed to be deference and a degree of respect (for the law),” declared the magistrate yesterday.

Attorney Bovell said his client was subjected to a “barrage of kicks and cuffs” and a female constable had to “pull Murray off him”.

“My client was beaten by a mobster dressed in uniform,” he declared.

The attorney said Brathwaite was employed and the father of one child, with only one previous conviction for a matter “of a domestic nature”.

He added that Brathwaite was on bail for a 2009 charge of statutory rape and there was no evidence he was a flight risk and nothing to suggest he would harm the witness.

“In fact, there is reason to believe the complainant would harm him,” Bovell said.

Meanwhile, attorney Miller, who represented Andrews, said a number of considerations were mentioned in the Bail Act, including whether the accused would attend court. He pointed to the man’s clean record, the fact that he was gainfully employed and said he was no flight risk.

Despite pleas for bail, Magistrate Bannister remanded both accused to HMP Dodds until June 1.



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