COP: No One above the Law; Officer Dismissed on Disciplinary Charges

Jonathan Carbon, a native of the Commonwealth of Dominica, who resided in Nevis as a constable in the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force, was dismissed from the said institution on disciplinary charges some three months ago.

Carbon’s name was embroiled in a firearm and ammunition find, which took place in October 2009 and according to information which has reached MiyVue, the officer is alleged to have sold a .38 revolver to the person in whose possession the firearm was eventually found, Chase Hamilton of Hanley’s Road.

MiyVue understands that the officer, who was on remand  in excess of six months, was taken before the District ‘C’ Magistrate’s Court for trial but was relieved of the charge(s) after the case was “discontinued”.

Acting COP Liburd has explained to MiyVue that Carbon was charged criminally and while investigations into the matter were ongoing, he “behaved in a particular manner” which resulted in him being slapped with three disciplinary charges: one of insubordination and one of discreditable conduct with disobedience to orders.

The constable appeared before a tribunal, Liburd explained, on the three disciplinary charges and was convicted on two counts, following which, and his dismissal was recommended and effected.

“All members of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force must realize and understand that if an officer does wrong, if it is a criminal offence he is likely to face the law as would anyone else who breaks the law. They would not only be charged for the criminal offense, but also those related to their disciplinary transgression. It is important to note and stress that the dismissal of the criminal offence does not necessarily mean a dismissal of the disciplinary charges.

“This means that all of us in law enforcement or anywhere, we must recognize that the laws of this land must be adhered to irrespective of our positions or occupation or whatever. Police and other law enforcement operatives are not exempted.”

While Liburd explained that he was unable to quote specifically the number of persons that has been disciplined and or dismissed from the organization over the past years, Liburd indicated that the force will continue to demand that its members follow the law to the letter and set a sterling example for those whom they protect, to follow.

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