High court judge, Justice Margaret Price-Findlay has sent back to prison suspended police officer, Corporal Leonard Benjamin on charges of violating his bail conditions in a Rape, Incest and Indecent Assault charge brought against him.
THE NEW TODAY interviewed attorney-at-law, Anselm Clouden after hearing that his client is back on remand at the Richmond Hill prison.
Clouden confirmed that the court matter against Cpl 852 Benjamin, took a different turn approximately two weeks ago, when the judge found the suspended police officer guilty of breaching his bail conditions.
The police officer was granted bail in the sum of EC$200, 000 with three sureties by Justice Price-Findlay last December on conditions that he has no contact whatsoever with the complainant who is his stepdaughter or any of the other witnesses.
THE NEW TODAY understands that sometime last month the complainant (Benjamin’s step daughter) made a report to the police that she received a phone call from her stepfather asking for her help in the court matter brought against him.
According to reports, the young girl was quoted as saying that she recognised Benjamin’s voice and he told her that she was the only person who can help him at this point in time.
A report was filed before the judge who decided to conduct a “mini-trial” about two weeks ago of the complaint in which both Cpl Benjamin and his stepdaughter gave testimonies before the St. George’s High Court Number One, before Madam Justice Price-Findlay.
After listening to both testimonies, the island’s senior resiadent judge determined that the police officer had breached his bail condition, and revoked bail.
The case against the 45-year-old River Road, St. George resident, which was called at the High Court Tuesday, has been adjourned to September 24 for trial.
Barrister Clouden maintains that his client did not admit in the court hearing to contacting the teenager at anytime while out on bail.
In 2012, Cpl Benjamin was one of several police officers awarded by the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) under the auspices of the Police Welfare Association as part of the RGPF Support Service.
Cpl Benjamin was attached for a long time to the Public Relations Department of the force and later transferred to the Police Station at the St. George’s Bus Terminus.
His suspension from his duties comes with half pay pending the outcome of the case against him.