The St. George’s Number One Magistrate’s Court last Friday started to take evidence in the Preliminary Inquiry (PI) into the charge of fraud brought against Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Alston “Boxer” Alexander and his female companion, Marcia Ann Charles-Watson.
The two are facing 17 counts of Fraud by False Pretense that were laid on them last year by the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU).
A neatly dressed looking Boxer was often seen seated in the dock exchanging a few words with his co-accused.
“Boxer also looked rather relax as the Prosecution Witnesses took to the stand to give evidence in the PI.
The State called three witnesses from a top-class supermarket in the south of the island, a restaurant, and a member of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) to give evidence on their encounters when receiving chicken with the poultry farm.
Chief Magistrate, Her Honour, Tamara Gill is presiding over the PI which will determine whether the Prosecution has a case to be sent to a judge and jury in the high court for a criminal trial.
Both the supermarket and an arm of the RGPF reportedly received fresh local chicken on two occasions from the farm, while the restaurant purchased chicken once.
The purchases took place in 2012, 2013 and 2015.
The PI was suddenly adjourned when Crown Counsel Howard Pinnock, who was leading the evidence for the State, realised that the two defense counsels had not obtained disclosure of a statement contained in the stock book during the Police Officer’s evidence.
‘Boxer” who was promoted from the rank of Inspector to Assistant Superintendent of Police during a special ceremony at Fort George in 2013, has retained the services of Attorney-at-law, Francis Paul to represent him, while the other co-accused is being represented by female Attorney-at-Law, Denyse Burris from the Law Firm of Danny Williams and Company.
Instructions were given by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to jointly charge the two suspects for the alleged offence of defrauding the Government of Grenada of more than EC$933, 000.
“Boxer and his female companion are currently on bail in the sum of EC$400, 000 with three sureties.
As part of the bail conditions, the two accused have to report to the Grenville Police Station every Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 6.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m, as well as surrender all travel documents to the court, and to have no contact with the witnesses.
The charges laid on “Boxer” and his companion came after months of investigations by members of the FIU, and the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) into the purchase of chicken by a number of entities from “Alexander’s Fowl Farm.”
The PI will continue on June 10.