BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - POLICE COMMISSIONER Hilroy Brandy has confirmed that the file alleging assault by Minister of Tourism, Lindsay Grant was sent to the Director of Public Prosecution Valston Graham for advice.
Grant is being accused of assaulting a female police officer while she was executing her duty at the Last Lap Bar and Restaurant in Bird Rock on January 8, 2022.
Brandy, while responding to a question at the Prime Minister’s press conference on Thursday (Feb. 10), reminded that the Police Force is tasked with enforcing law and order, and it is against that backdrop that the matter is currently before the DPP for advice.
The case stems from the fact that the officers were flagging an event at the said location when a video footage showed Minister Grant allegedly berating the officer for allegedly shutting down a party, where it was alleged to have breached one of its obligations under the COVID-19 regulations.
“...so as a result officers were assigned to check on business premises to ensure that they are complying with the Act and protocols. On the 8th of January, three officers visited the Last Lap Bar and as a result an incident occurred. Police have investigated this matter and the file has been submitted to the Director of Prosecution, who is the competent authority on these matters,” the Top Cop disclosed in his response to reporters.
Brandy stopped short of identifying the individuals involved; however, videos that were circulated on social media showed several individuals rudely speaking with the police officers at the time when they sought close the party.