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Woman found guilty of inducing Sergeant

Woman found guilty of inducing Sergeant

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A 22-year-old Questelles woman who was accused of inducing Sergeant 366 Rohan Giles to commit a breach of discipline was on Tuesday, March 13, found guilty of the offence.{{more}}

Senior Magistrate Donald Browne reprimanded and discharged Adonna Charles after strong arguments on both sides of the bar table.

The offence was committed on July 23, 2011, at the Questelles Police Station.

Appearing as a prosecution witness in the matter, Giles told the court that he had known Charles for about two months prior to the alleged incident.

He explained that he was on duty at the police station around 11:40 p.m. when he saw Charles.

“I received a phone call from Adonna and she said she had some information to give me,” Giles said.

Giles told the court that Charles said she did not want anyone to hear what she had to say, because of fear she might be killed. He said Charles asked if he had any place safe for them to talk. That’s when Charles said they went to the police garage.

Ten minutes later, Giles said he heard footsteps coming from the main building.

He noted that at that point he did not see where Charles went to, and when he opened the door coming from the garage, he saw it was the Commissioner.

“He (The Commissioner) asked me: “Sergeant Giles, where are you coming from?” Giles testified.

“I told him I’m coming from the garage and he told me ‘Don’t move’, in an aggressive voice…,” Giles added.

Charles did not testify in the matter.

Before his no-case submission was overruled, Charles’ Lawyer Jaundy Martin told the court that nothing in the charge amounted to inducement.

“There is no evidence from the prosecution that Giles committed a breach. What is critical is that Giles is the only officer who can speak of inducement. This is a serious and flagrant breach…,” Martin submitted.

Martin argued that the charge brought against his client is like “putting the cart before the horse….Giles gave evidence that there was no inducement. Based on her statement, there couldn’t have been inducement.”

In response, prosecutor Inspector Glenford Gregg pointed out that in Charles’ statement, she said she telephoned Giles and told him to meet her downstairs. The statement further read that Charles went through the gate and then to the garage.

“He came down and ask me what I doing here and he told me I can’t be here…I told him I was his secret admirer and he told me I had to leave…,” the statement read.

“Giles tried to tell us that he did not know her. He disowned her just like Peter did when Jesus was about to be crucified…,” Gregg said.

“You have led this girl into serious trouble. This is not fair, and according to the evidence I am finding her guilty…,” Browne said, as spoke to Giles.

Browne blamed Giles for placing the woman in such a position and told him that he could have handled the matter differently.

“You are a sergeant of police. The police station is not a place to carry ladies or for female police officers to carry males. I blame the officer for getting you in this situation,” Browne added. (KW)

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