|News briefs: Off-duty officer charged with rape, assault|
|Thursday, 23 June 2011 10:51|
The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police have charged one of its own officers with rape and assault on Grand Turk while he was off duty.
Premilien is scheduled to appear in the Grand Turk Magistrate’s Court on June 29. He is now suspended from duty pending the outcome of this criminal.
“This matter will be thoroughly investigated by the Criminal Investigations Division and, in parallel, the Professional Integrity Unit,” police said.
Haitian sloop intercepted, 98 taken into custody
The police Marine Branch intercepted a Haitian sloop June 17 with 98 illegal immigrants aboard.
The sloop was intercepted at 3:45 p.m. approximately seven miles south of French Cay.
The sloop and all aboard were escorted to South Dock on Providenciales where 54 males and 44 females were turned over to immigration authorities.
On June 18 around 5:20 p.m., police responded to the report of a male body floating in the waters near South Dock. The body was recovered and taken to the morgue for examination.
Police are investigating to determine if the person may have been associated with the sloop that was brought in.
The investigation is continuing and further attempts are being made to identify the deceased.
Man bitten by shark while spearfishing near French Cay
A Haitian resident from Providenciales suffered serious wounds after being bitten by a shark while spearfishing in the waters around French Cay.
A shark took a large bite out of 35-year-old Cefor Lewis’ right mid calf while he and brother Joeslyn-Pierre Lewis were fishing with spears between Providenciales and French Cay on June 19, according to hospital officials.
Lewis suffered considerable blood loss during the boat journey back to South Dock, where he was met by an ambulance and rushed to the Emergency Department at Cheshire Hall Medical Centre.
After resuscitating him with two units of blood, doctors performed surgery immediately to save his leg. A second surgery was performed June 21. Lewis is expected to make a full recovery.
Tourists injured in scooter accident on Leeward Hwy.
Several tourists riding scooters were injured June 17 in an accident near Scotiabank on Leeward Highway, police said.
One rider was cut off by a vehicle turning onto Cherokee Road, so the rider laid the scooter down in an attempt to avoid the accident, police said. This led to a further collision involving the other two scooters.
One injured rider was taken to the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre for medical treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
Police arrest suspect in burglary in Five Cays
Police have arrested a male suspect in an aggravated burglary that occurred at approximately 3 a.m. June 20 in Five Cays.
Officers of the Criminal Investigation Division are continuing their investigation.
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